In Classical Chinese Medicine, Liu Lihong writes, “Because the pulse so aptly reveals the motion of Yin and Yang in the body, palpating the pulse is one of the premiere diagnostic methods in Chinese medicine.” Yet how many Chinese herbalists can apply pulse diagnosis in their practice such that it directly guides them to and confirms their choice in formula?
As one’s training in classical Chinese medicine develops, pulse can become more and more of a Rosetta stone for honing diagnosis into the final formula choice. This process involves gathering information through questions, observation and palpation and then processing that information in such a way that supports the articulation of a clear diagnosis. And although this process can enable one to accurately identify the pattern responsible for a pathology, an accurate reading of the pulse can be the final say in how one weighs and prioritizes what needs to happen first or most powerfully. A pulse reading will indicate when, in a weak person, a practitioner needs to actually purge or, in a robust person, when she needs to supplement. If there are several possible ways to approach a pattern, the pulse can focus that process until the exact formula and formula modifications is reached.
White Pine Circle is so proud to be offering practitioners the chance to study classical pulse diagnosis with Nadine Zäch. Nadine was one of the first students of and teachers for Arnaud Versluys, studying in the same lineage as Dr. Li Lihong and others, from Dr. Tian Heming, through Dr. Zeng Rongxiu.
Although pulse diagnosis is historically difficult to teach, in her 16 years of study, practice and teaching pulse diagnosis, Nadine has made these teachings her own such that they are both accessible and transmittable. She has given many practitioners confidence in their ability to read the pulses accurately and then, in turn, to interpret them in a way that leads to an accurate herbal treatment.
About the Course
In this course, practitioners will work with Nadine to slowly learn and deeply integrate the didactic aspect of these teachings. She will teach the pulse theory, qualities of pulses and their bases in the six conformations. All the teachings are based on the classics and writings on pulse by Zhang Zhongjing.
This online course includes lectures and discussion forums so that your questions can be answered as the course progresses. Part One give a thorough overview of the theoretical foundations of the Shanghan Lun and then proceed to deeper look at the Tai Yang, Yang Ming and Shao Yang physiologies, pathologies, formulas and the pulses associated with the formulas. Part Two will look at the Tai Yin, Shao Yin and Jue Yin conformations with their respective physiologies, pathologies, formulas and pulses associated with them.
Genreal Public: $800.00
White Pine Circle Members: $600.00