Ashland: October 2018

Chinese Medicine in the 21st Century: A Top Down View of

                             Five-Element Constitutional Diagnosis

Dates: Saturday & Sunday 10/6 & 10/7/2018

Contact: Sang Montage

Location: Hidden Springs Wellness Center, Ashland, OR. 


Phone: 541-708-3953

The upper class of medicines . . . govern the nourishment of destiny and correspond to heaven. . . . If one wishes to prolong the years of life without aging, one should [use these].
The middle class of medicines govern the nourishment of one’s nature and correspond to man. . . . If one wishes to prevent illness and to supplement depletions and emaciations, one should [use these].
The lower [class of] medicines . . . govern the treatment of illness and correspond to earth. If one wishes to remove cold, heat and [other] evil influences [from the body], to break accumulations, and to cure illnesses, one should base [one’s efforts] on [drugs listed in] the lower [class of this] manual.
       Clearly, for the author of the Shen Nong Ben Cao, China’s oldest herbal text, the highest aspect of healing involves helping the patient fulfill destiny in order to live out the years as allotted by heaven. Today, treating people for the nourishment of original nature and the fulfillment of destiny represents an important inner tradition which has been all but lost in the modern practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine. A basic premise of Chinese medicine is to move stagnation before tonifying and there is no greater source of stagnation in life than having forgotten true self. Thus we recognize that nourishing the fulfillment of destiny is the heart and soul of our medicine. Yet how often do we realize this goal in our lives or in clinical practice?
What is the largest possible context for the practice of Chinese medicine in the 21st century?  How will Chinese medicine help humanity to face the challenges that confront us today? What are the most significant imbalances of our time and how can Chinese medicine help? How do we help remove the patient as a source of illness helping them become the kind of person who doesn’t have their problems?

         The intention of my teaching is to give the student a core grounding in this inner tradition. Constitutional diagnosis will be examined as an organizing framework that yields deep insights into each patient's destiny and path of healing. The imagery contained in the acupuncture point names  will be discussed as it relates to the points inner functions. We will cover the functional dynamics of the ­sheng and ke cycles to understand Chinese medicine as a fully holistic/integral science. Participation in this class is suitable for practitioners from any tradition and level of training who wish to deepen their perspective on their art.  

Topics include   
  • Chinese medicine as a science of conscious awareness. 
  • Emotion, virtue, and vice of the Five-Elements 
  • Destiny and constitutional type  
  • Relationship between Chinese cosmology & physiology  
  • Inner functions of acupuncture points, herbal formulas, and point combinations
  • The Suggestive Process in treatment and the therapeutic relationship
  • Diagnosis by Color, Sound, Odor & Emotion
  • Relationship between the Five-Elements and Eight-Principles
  • Practical exercises in diagnosis

Registration: Early bird Date: 8.1.2018

PDA's CEUs: 14 Pending CA Approval

CA provider # 774, Category I
(CA CEUs accepted by NCCAOM)

Practitioners: $425       
Students: $375             

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Anne Biris
3527 Edgewood 
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Refund Policy
Course fee less 20% administrative charge is refundable if written notice is received two weeks prior to program date. No refunds will be made after that date.

Shen Ming Seminars reserves the right to reject any registration for any or no reason as long as it is not an unlawful reason. 

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