Pulse Diagnosis Chicago 2017/2018



10/14, Saturday 9am - 5pm
10/15, Sunday 8:30 - 4:30pm


4/14, Saturday 9am - 5pm
4/15, Sunday 8:30 - 4:30pm

Location: Zen Shiatsu Chicago
               825 Chicago Ave.
               Evanston, IL  60202

Contact: Lisa Meyerson              
Phone: 773-517-7187

        Pulse diagnosis is one of the “Crown jewels” of Chinese medicine.   Competency with the pulse is a significant part of the difference between symptomatic treatment and achieving a truly preventive level of care. It is vital to cultivating a deep intuition in medical practice and to being able explicitly communicate to others what one is seeing and how one has arrived at any given diagnosis or treatment principle. This Course will lay a foundation for a broad and deep appreciation of pulse diagnosis. We will discuss herb formulas and acupuncture point combinations for all the different pulse qualities described. Through the pulse we will discover a very deep pre-TCM system of Chinese physiology based on an integration of the five-elements and 8 principles.  Ample time will be left for questions and going deeply into all course content. There will be time for hands on experience of the pulse and the second weekend will dedicate an entire day to just taking the pulse and identifying qualities. Throughout, the pulse will be used as a vehicle for imparting a deep understanding of physiology as it reflects the human condition. 

Upon completion of the seminar you will:

  • Have a broad perspective on the technical and diagnostic aspects of pulse diagnosis. 
  • Be able to how to assess Stability on the pulse in terms of the parameters of rate, rhythm, amplitude, intensity, and quality.
  • Know how to stabilize the pulse with herbs and acupuncture in order to establish a sound foundation for continued treatment.
  • Be able to assess the relationship between the left side of the pulse and the right side of the pulse.
  • Know how to distinguish the three depths of the pulse: qi, blood, and organ and understand their significance in relationship to physiology.
  • Be able to diagnose the Three Heater on the pulse and understand the deeper implications of its physiology.
  • Be able to assess the pulse qualities that emerge as a patient becomes jing deficient through the primary path of either yin or yang deficiency.
  • Know the main herbal and acupuncture strategies for addressing the functional dynamics that these pulse qualities represent

Deepening Perspectives on Pulse Diagnosis: Session I
Two Days  Saturday & Sunday    2017
10/14, Saturday 9am-5pm
10/15,  Sunday 8:30am-4:30pm

        On Saturday we will concentrate on the big picture by looking at the whole pulse and considering the issue of stability in terms of rate, rhythm, amplitude, intensity, and pulse quality. We will then compare the left to the right side of the pulse with an eye toward understanding the important pulse patterns that may present on each side differentially. We will look at the three depths of the pulse, qi, blood, and organ, to comprehend their significance. We will discuss herb formulas and acupuncture point combinations for different pulse types. Finally, we will consider how to diagnose the Sanjiao on the pulse and it's related organ patterns. 
        On Sunday we will examine all the qualities that emerge as the pulse transitions proceed to jing deficiency through a path of either yin or yang deficiency. Emphasis will be placed on understanding physiology as gleaned through the pulse and all qualities will be demonstrated experientially. We will consider all qualities in relationship to individual positions on the pulse as well as for the pulse as a whole.

Deepening Perspectives on Pulse Diagnosis: Session II

Two Days Saturday, & Sunday  2018
4/14, Saturday 9am-5pm
4/15, Sunday 8:30am-4:30pm

        On Saturday we will examine qualities in the blood depth of the pulse. We will consider blood and qi deficiency and learn to determine the nature and degree of impurities in the blood. We will consider the progression of pulse qualities as a patient moves toward athero- or arterial- sclerosis through a  path of conditioned relationship to emotion, thought, and feeling  or through indulgence in an overly rich diet. We will then turn our attention to commonly seen miscellaneous qualities such as "Cotton", "Muffled", "Choppy", "Slippery", "Vibration", "Flat", "Inflated", and "Biting." And, we will consider "qi wild pulses" such as "Empty," and "Hollow," that indicate the separation of yin and yang and vulnerability to serious degenerative conditions. 

       On Sunday we will cover how to locate all the primary and complementary positions in all three jiaos. In addition to the primary positions corresponding to the yin organs we will discuss the gallbladder, small and large intestines, the psychoneurological and special lung pulses, the heart valve and pericardium pulse, and the "divorce pulse" (Diaphragm). We will sort out the relationship between kidney yang and the HP and TH in the proximal positions, and learn the lower body pulses that inform us of the condition of the uterus, ovaries, and prostate. There will be time for exercises in finding these positions on each other. 


Early Bird rate for both weekends (9/14/17): 
Practitioners $600, Students $500

Regular rate for both weekends: 
Practitioners $650, Students $550

Illinois and California CEUs approved: 28 CEUs. 

To pay by check: 

Please make check out to Shen Ming Seminars

Mail to: 

Anne Biris
3527 Edgewood 
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

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Refund Policy
Course fee less 20% administrative charge is refundable if written notice is received three weeks (9/22/2017) prior to program date. No refunds will be made after that date for either weekend.

Shen Ming Seminars reserves the right to reject any registration at our discretion. 

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