8 Video Classes in 2 Parts
18 credits NCCAOM (Provider #287)
1 year access to all 8 videos and handouts

Part A: 3 Classes, 8 Hours
Part B: 5 Classes, 10 Hours

Japanese abdominal diagnosis or Fukushin is the diagnostic art developed in medieval Japan (Edo period 1603-1867 CE) based on the classical writings by Zhang Zhongjing. Careful inspection of the Shanghan Zabing Lun reveals countless references to abdominal conditions that could only have been diagnosed by actual palpation of the abdomen. The skill however never fully developed in China but flourished in Japan. Throughout history, two major schools and types of abdominal diagnosis developed; Nanjing and Shanghan Lun schools, which respectively diagnose the abdomen in service of either acupuncture or meridian treatment, and herbal treatment.

The purpose of this class is to improve practitioners’ clinical skills to diagnose. They will learn to match abdominal findings with herbal prescriptions.

General Public


White Pine Circle Members


Part A

Introduction to Fukushin

  • Class 1 (3hrs): History of Fukushin, Kanpo (Kampo), Japanese scholars, and Japanese cultural concept of the abdomen. Function of six conformations and its map reflected on the abdomen.
  • Class 2 (3hrs): 13 pathological abdominal findings and herbal methods to treat each pattern.
  • Class 3 (2hrs): How to palpate the abdomen: video of palpation sequence and technique. Learn how to chart abdominal findings.

Part B

Shang Han Lun & Jin Gui Yao Lue Formulas and Abdominal Patterns

  • Class 4 (2hrs): Review and discussion from previous classes. Formulas that treat abdominal  fullness and emptiness.
  • Class 5 (2hrs): Formulas that treat epigastric congestion, hardness and resistance. Formulas  that treat subcostal distention, fullness, and resistance.  
  • Class 6 (2hrs): Formulas that treat water sound. Formulas that treat rectus abdominus muscle  tightness.  
  • Class 7 (2hrs): Formulas that treat pulsations.  
  • Class 8 (2hrs): Formulas that treat blood stasis, pain, peri-umbilical hardness and lower  abdominal hardness.

Kumiko Shirai

I grew up in Japan, but moved to the States at 14 years old with my parents to study English. Influenced by my mother, Taiji master Machiko Shirai, I learned to appreciate Asian medicine and martial arts from an early age. I studied Aikido for twenty five years and currently practice Taiji. I attended Oregon State University (OSU) where I majored in Chinese Studies and graduated with a Bachelor in Science. I then enrolled in the School of Classical Chinese Medicine at the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) in Portland, where I earned my Masters in Science of Oriental Medicine.

Beside acupuncture, I specialize in classical herbal medicine in which I received rigorous training in the Han-dynasty style of Chinese herbal prescriptions. I also specialize in Japanese abdominal diagnosis, also known as Fukushin.

I have a private practice in Portland, Oregon and teach Abdominal Diagnosis seminars privately. I am currently pursuing a Doctorate degree in Chinese Medicine at Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland, where I am also a part time faculty member.

Refund Policy:

Refunds of 75% will be granted up to 30 days before the start of each respective course (Part A, Part B, Part C).

In the event that the course is cancelled or postponed, 100% refunds will be provided to registrants.

Provider Information:

Sharon Weizenbaum