Stockbridge, MA: Elisabeth Rochat!, November 2018

Elisabeth Rochat: Classical Chinese Medicine  11/17 & 11/18 2018


I am thrilled to once again sponsor Elisabeth Rochat for a weekend Deep Dive into Classical Chinese medicine. Elisabeth will  teach on the Extraordinary Fu and the Eight Extraordinary Meridians. It ill be an Extraordinary weekend and I hope you will attend.

Class space is limited to 30 participants.

14 CA Category 1 PDAs, accepted by NCCAOM.

Location: Stockbridge Health Center, 44 Main St., Stockbridge, MA
9am-5pm Saturday and Sunday.

Contact: Lonny Jarrett
Phone: 413 298 4221

California provider: 774

Send Checks to: Lonny Jarrett, PO 1093, Stockbridge, MA 01262.

Tuition: Early bird Registration 10.15.18

Cancellation Policy: 50% of your payment will be refunded if
your withdrawal is received in writing 1 month prior to the course. No refunds after that date. 

Practitioners:  $400       Earlybird: $350
Students:         $350      Earlybird: $300

The student rate is for people currently enrolled in a Chinese medicine school working to attain their credentials to practice. 

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CLASS IS FULLY enrolled! Email to be put on the waiting list.

Saturday: The 8 Extraordinary Meridians

      Extraordinary Meridians.  This lecture will address the issues of the origins of the Eight Extraordinary Meridians, their interactions and how their workings are understood.  We will consider presentations of the Eight Extraordinary Meridians as they are found in miscellaneous texts of the Huangdi Neijing (Inner Classic of the Yellow Emperor).  And we will also look at them as they emerge as a group in the Nanjing which organizes them in a more systematic way.  Working from the source texts will allow us to understand and to use these meridians in a better and deeper way.

The key texts will be sent to each participant.

In a human, the first manifestation of Heavenly Yang (Dumai or Governor Vessel) and Earthly Yin (Renmai or Conception Vessel), allows a powerful fusion, creating the surge of life (Chongmai); this efferverscence is controlled, as if girdled (Daimai) to enclose a vital space. Two couples will come to regulate the relationship yin/yang, blood-and-qi ... in an intrasystemic (Qiaomai) and intersystemic (Weimai) perspective. Each meridian will be studied and the philosophical statement behind the extraordinary meridian will be explore. Our knowledge can be deepened and enriched by this detailed presentation of major classical texts.

A Course Introduction, Overview.

Historical overview and a Survey of the various ways to understand and use the extra meridians
The first appearance of the 8 extra meridians, as a group, in the Nanjing. The meaning of the name given to this group (qi jing ba mai 奇經八脈), including the symbolic value of the number eight and a study of the character « qi  » translated by extraordinary. Overview of the functions of the extra meridians in Chinese Medicine

1. Study of the Dumai : name, pathways, nature and function. Relation with the organs and other meridians. Survey of its pathological patterns and of its points.

2. Study of the Renmai : name, pathways, nature and function. . Relation with the organs and other meridians.Survey of the pathological patterns  of Renmai and of its points.

3.Study of the Chongmai : name, pathways, nature and function. The “making” of the Chongmai or how did it appear in Chinese medicine. Survey of its pathological patterns. Relation with the organs and other meridians.

4.Study of the Daimai: name, pathways, nature and function. Survey of its pathological patterns. Relation with the organs and other meridians.

5.Study of the yin and yang Qiaomai: name, pathways, nature and function. Survey of its pathological patterns. Relation with the organs and other meridians.

6. Study of the yin and yang Weimai: name, pathways, nature and function. Survey of its pathological patterns. Relation with the organs and other meridians.

7.Study of a choice of points related to the extra meridians, either “master point” or points on Dumai or Renmai.


This lecture looks at the Chinese names of points, using the Chinese characters to reach a deeper understanding of the point's function within the energetic framework of the body. Blending the rich poetic quality of the point names with their practical application, it will present an in-depth study of points from research into both the classical and modern literature. It will include for each point a description in the medical texts (Jiayijing and Neijing in particular), classical use of the point names, relationship with other points, therapeutic indications and common combinations given in some Classics.

Sunday: The Extraordinary Fu

Besides the Five zang and Six fu which form the Twelve viscera in charge of the organism, there is a series of Six functions, called the Six extraordinary Fu (qi heng zhi fu).They consist of the brain, bone marrow, bones, the vital circiulations (mai), the gallbladder and uterus. They resemble the zang organs because they carefully store the essences in different forms but they are called "fu". Nevertheless their are among the most important and vital functions in the body. They work with the essences in a remarkable succession to produce and develop a being, then to maintain its life and finally to ensure its reproduction.

Each of these functions will be studied in itself and to reveal its connection to the group of the Six extraordinary fu.

A special study will be made of the brain, not only as sea of marrow, but also as the place where the essences of the kidneys and the spiritual brightness join together to allow the best possible relationship between the sense organs and the heart. The brain is also crossed by numerous meridians, ordinary and extraordinary, whose functions are related to those of the brain and which bring to it the best of the clear yang.

The presentations are entirely based on classical Chinese texts of medicine, directly translated and explained. The key characters are analyzed and their meaning made clear. The relevance with the clinical application is showed regularly.

Presentation of zang and fu organs, and the differences between them.

Why to have "extra" fu ?

The meaning of the Chinese expression qi heng, translated as "extraordinary". Relation with the extraordinary (qi) meridians.

The 6 extra fu as a group.  General characteristics. Their relation with the development, maintenance and reproduction of life.

The brain as related to the yin, the flluids, the essences (jing) and the kidneys. Relation with the origin. The brain as related to the yang, the meridians and other ciculations. Relation with teh clear yang and the sense organs. The brain as related to the heart/mind, the spirits and consciousness. Relation with the liver. Some examples of pathologies of the brain.

Bone and marrow as a yin yang couple linked to the kidneys and expressing the water qi in the building of the body and maintenance of its strenght.
Bone and marrow as related to the uprightness of the body and to the mobility, the muscular movements, the liver blood. Some examples of pathology.

Vital circulation (mai) as the network regulating the flowing of the blood, and as the pulses, the beating of life. Relation with the kidneys and origin of life.
Relation of the mai with the blood and the heart/mind, and with the spirits and the consciousness. Relation with the nutrition (ying) and the defence (wei).

The gallbladder as associated to the liver and the wood qi; to the essences (jing), the water and the kidneys; to the ministerial fire of Mingmen; to the Shaoyang.
The gallbladder as associated to the working of the heart/mind and the psychological balance. Some examples of pathology.

The gallbladader and uterus as representative of the male and female reproductive organs. General conclusion.

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