Applied Channel Theory

Integrating Palpation, Physiology and Point Selection

A Three-Day Exploration of Theory and Technique

 October 5-6-7, LisbonApplied Channel Theory

Instructor:    Jason D. Robertson MS, DAHM

Seattle WA, USA


This three-day class will focus on bringing material from the text Applied Channel Theory in Chinese Medicine to life in the clinic. The class will involve lectures on core clinical concepts from the life-work of Beijing professor Wang Ju-yi (王居易) and its application by Jason Robertson in his Seattle clinic. In addition, the class will include extensive hands-on practice of channel palpation.  In particular, students will consider and practice techniques for gleaning clinically relevant information from the distal channels below the elbows and knees.


Palpation practice will alternate with discussion of strategies for integrating palpation with concepts from classical physiology.  By first considering patterns of healthy physiology as described in formative classical texts, a system will be described which will allow for flexibility and innovation in the modern clinic.  By combining models of six-level physiology  (and later pathology) from early texts with a reliable palpation technique, students will be able to move beyond protocols and 'experience points' to a clinical approach more suited to the complex and changeable patterns of the modern clinic.


During the class, each of the six channels (六經 liù jīng) will be considered in turn with discussions of physiology, common patterns of modern pathology and discussion of sample point pairings based on diagnosis.  In many cases, detailed point locations will also be described from the work of professor Wang.  


Subjects covered will include:Applied Channel Theory


  • Channel Diagnosis. Introduction, demonstration and hands-on practice of diagnostic technique.  This will involve palpation practice and precise location of the pathways of all twelve regular channels below the elbows and knees. 


  • Discussion and demonstration of strategies for differentiating the primary channel in a given complaint and methods for choosing channels for treatment.  This section will build a way of 'seeing' the body which utilizes systems described in the Divine Pivot section of the Inner Classic (內經 Nèi Jīng).


  • Live demonstration of channel palpation and diagnosis by the instructor with discussions of clinical strategies will help attendees to build tools for using channel examination in their own clinics.


  • Further discussions of physiology will include presentation of effective clinical point pairs.  By considering effective point pairs in the context of the physiology they are designed to affect, students will gain an understanding of why they are choosing a particular clinical strategy.  This approach will allow for flexibility and innovation when confronted with difficult cases.


  • Development of palpation technique through careful demonstration and practice of point location.  During palpation practice, Dr. Wang's most commonly used points and the exact locations he uses in his Beijing clinic will be discussed.  Students will thus improved needle technique by cultivating strategies for finding the 'empty space' where best effects are often attained.



Hours: 9:00-17:00

Early Bird Price: 350 Euros until September 5th. After that, 450 Euros.

Location: Lisboa Biz, Av. Engº Arantes e Oliveira, 3- R/C, Lisbon

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About the Instructor

Jason D. Robertson is the co-author of Applied Channel Theory in Chinese Medicine (Eastland Press, 2008) with his teacher Beijing Professor Wang Ju-yi (王居易). Mr. Robertson has studied Chinese language for 30 years, including six years in Taiwan, and has studied Chinese medicine in Chengdu and Beijing. He currently maintains a private practice in Seattle, WA and is a full-time faculty member at the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine. Mr. Robertson recently completed a clinical doctorate focused on further research into the threads of historical influence on the clinical approach advocated by Dr. Wang.   Mr. Robertson has taught courses on channel theory, diagnosis and treatment around the world.





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