fivechannelsystems

Divergent Channels

OCTOBER 1 – 2; OCTOBER 3, 2016

The Channel Divergences are a powerful meridian system able to treat chronic degenerative disease. These channels are perhaps the most mysterious and least understood. However, these underutilized channels can offer strategies to empower practitioners to treat longstanding and complex conditions with increased confidence. This course is a deep exploration of the relationship between the Wei/Defensive Qi and Yuan/Source Qi in the context of the channel systems. The class examines our ability to adapt to toxic environments and the mechanisms by which we clear or maintain latent pathogens in our bodies. The Channel Divergences offer key insights into the concept of immunity. These channels can be used to treat a very wide range of conditions from chronic pain to complicated autoimmune disease.

The class provides a working knowledge of the Channel Divergences’ theory: pathways, points, functions and indications. Their relationships to the other channel systems and role in the overall dynamic of the body’s energies will be made clear. The class includes clinical applications and needling technique demonstrations. Students will leave with multiple strategies for treating some of their most challenging patients.

Monday Practicum (optional)

The class, limited to 15 participants, will focus on further integrating the weekend’s material into clinical practice. Pulse diagnosis specific to the divergent channels will be presented, greatly adding clinical decision-making. There will be additional time for practicing of clinical skills especially divergent channel needling techniques.

Luo Vessels

APRIL 30 – MAY 1; MAY 2, 2016

The Luo Vessels are a powerful means to treat the shen and the emotions. The Luo Vessels give direct access to Blood, the substance that carries shen and provides the matrix for our conscious emotional life. Yet these channels remain largely unknown or underutilized in most acupuncture practices. Using the Luo Vessels can be especially important for the treatment of psychological and emotional conditions, trauma, circulatory and cardiac conditions, digestive disorders and any imbalance involving the Blood and Ying Qi.

This class will go beyond the common understanding of the Luo Vessels by expanding its theory into a framework for human psycho-social development. The application of The Luo Vessels in true preventative care is described, providing a critical means for maintaining and releasing latent pathogenic factors. The class provides a working knowledge of Luo Vessel theory: pathways, points, functions and indications. Their relationships to the other channel systems and role in the overall dynamic of the body’s energies will be made clear. Clinical applications specific to the Luo Vessels will be demonstrated, such as Bleeding and plum blossoming and moxabustion.

Monday Practicum (optional)

The class, limited to 15 participants, will focus on further integrating the weekend’s material into clinical practice. Advanced pulse diagnosis of the Luo Vessels will be presented.  Additional time will be spent practicing clinical techniques with a focus on bleeding using lancets and plum blooming. The integration of herbal medicine and acupuncture for treating the Luo Vessels will be presented.

Sinew Channels

MARCH 19 – 20; MARCH 21, 2016

The Sinew Channels mediate our relationship to the external environment. These channels are the map of the Wei Qi terrain. They define our structural alignment and the most exterior boundaries of where and how we meet the world. The application of the Sinew Channels can be especially important and powerful for the treatment of pain, neuromuscular dysfunction, muscular-skeletal conditions, seasonal allergies, environmental sensitivities and many other conditions involving the Wei Qi.

The class provides a thorough theoretical understanding of the Sinew Channels/Jin Jing: their pathways, points, confluences and functions. Their relationships to the other channel systems and role in the overall dynamic of the body’s energies will be made clear. Clinical techniques will be demonstrated: needling techniques specific to the Sinew Channels, gua sha, and cupping. The major Sinew Releases of the neck and pelvis will also be taught. Participants will gain a comprehensive framework for diagnosing and treating using the Sinew Channels.

Monday Practicum (optional)

The class, limited to 15 participants, will focus on further integrating the weekend’s material into clinical practice.  A pulse system specific to diagnosing the sinew channels will be presented.  We will also learn more sinew releases including the Tai Yang, Yang Ming, Shao Yang and Shao Yin releases.  Additional time will be spent practicing clinical techniques with a special focus on sinew channel needling