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Welcome to this website!

On this website you will be able to find information on my educational background, as well as clinical and academic work. If you are a current or prospective patient, you will be happy to browse the Patient Info page, while current students or researchers of Chinese medicine will be excited to learn about the upcoming educational and research projects on the Continuing Education page.

Also worth mentioning is the Canonical Chinese Medicine training that started in April 2007 and is now being offered in multiple locations all over the world. In Europe the training is finishing its 2nd year soon in the UK. Another group recently started in Portland, OR, USA and yet another group will be starting in 09/2008 in the San Francisco Bay area. Furthermore, in 2009, the newly enhanced and expanded Canonical curriculum will kick-off its debut in Frankfurt, Germany. More info can be found here.

Also since 2007 I am offering diagnostic medicine support for any Chinese medicine practitioner who has as if it were "run in to a dead end" with a challenging patient. You can request to schedule an appointment for a thorough Chinese medicine diagnostic assessment and receive a written 'second opinion' on possible herbal and acupuncture avenues to pursue, along with treatment plan and prognosis. Man colleagues have already succesfully used this service and made breakthroughs in some of their stubborn cases!Click here for more info.

The Forum page has since almost three years been a one-of-a-kind venue for scholarly exchange amongst peers both domestic and internationally. Please do not hesitate to sign-up and start posting. It is the place to see and be seen!

Whatever brings you here, I sincerely hope you enjoy the visit!

 

Thank you,

Arnaud Versluys, PhD, L.Ac.

ANNOUNCEMENT: 2014-2015 Portland ICEAM Jingui Yaolue Canonical Training- Registration Opened

Hello everybody,

This is the official announcement for the 2013-2015 Jingui Yaolue Canonical Training to be held in Portland, OR. Registration is now opened. As you know, the room size limits the number of participants at about 30, so please register at your earliest convenience.
Finishing the Jingui Yaolue training will certify you as Diplomate in Canonical Chinese Medicine, by the Institute of Classics in East Asian Medicine. It is a sign of a lot of hard work and a commitment on your part to be a better clinician for your patients. Certification also makes you eligible to observe ICEAM instructors in clinic and further calibrate your pulse diagnosis skills, as well as attend further advanced training, such as the Shanghan Lun weeklong retreats.
If you have previously finished the training, but missed a few sessions and still need to make up for one or more to get certified, you may do that at no additional cost. Just send in your registration form and let us know which weekends you will be attending. If you are certified alumni, you may audit any class you want at a deeply discounted rate. For that you register using the same form.
Currently our iceam website is undergoing major redesign and there are no online registrations possible at this time. In case you insist on registering through Paypal, email me and I will send you an online invoice. Our apologies for the inconvenience.
As you all may know by now, I am ending my years of lecturing and traveling, in exchange for a retreat into only practice and authoring. As such, this Jingui Yaolue is the last time I will be teaching these seminars, all by myself, in at least the coming 8-10 years. Starting last year, many seminars in the US have been taught by my colleagues who came up through years of training in our system. The current group of Portland students is strong and I am committed to teaching all of you to the finish of your certification.
Our venue is rented and dates locked in. Now all we need is you :) I am looking forward to greeting you in the new year for some more serious study.
Regards,
Arnaud Versluys, PhD, LAc
Director, ICEAM
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Tang Ye Jing Tonification and Purging Flavor

Arnaud,

I'm reading the 破解《汤液经法图》 and I come across this text: 《辅行诀》又曰:陶云:肝德在散。故经云:以辛补之,以酸泻之。肝苦急,急食甘以缓之,适其性而衰之也。陶云:心德在耎。故经云:以咸补之,苦泻之;心苦缓,急食酸以收之。陶云:脾德在缓。故经云:以甘补之,辛泻之;脾苦湿,急食苦以燥之。陶云:肺德在收。故经云:以酸补之,咸泻之;肺苦气上逆,急食辛以散之,开腠理以通气也。

陶云:肾德在坚。故经云:以苦补之,甘泻之;肾苦燥,急食咸以润之,至津液生也。

I'm surprise to see that the spleen is purge with a pungent flavor and the lung is purge with a salty flavor!  From your Five Flavor handout, the spleen is purge with bitter and the lung is purge with pungent!

Can you shed some light on this?

Thanks,

John Ang

Bilirary cirrhosis

53 years old male patient with bilirary cirrhosis for 9 years.  He is not in the U.S., so pulse and abdominal diagnosis are not available.  He has been taking DGSYS+ZWT+GZFLW+Muli, YinChenHao, HongHua, which was prescribed by Arnaud, for 2.5 years.  By taking this formula, his energy level is better, hypocondriac pain is less, no ascites, no blood pressure increases in liver and spleen, ALT AST normal.  However, alkaline phosphatase increased, bilirubin increased, fibrosis of liver increased, steatosis of liver progressed, are happening in the last two years.  Does anyone have any idea how to modify the current formula to treat this patient?

Bilirary cirrhosis

53 years old male patient with bilirary cirrhosis for 9 years.  He is not in the U.S., so pulse and abdominal diagnosis are not available.  He has been taking DGSYS+ZWT+GZFLW+Muli, YinChenHao, HongHua, which was prescribed by Arnaud, for 2.5 years.  By taking this formula, his energy level is better, hypocondriac pain is less, no ascites, no blood pressure increases in liver and spleen, ALT AST normal.  However, alkaline phosphatase increased, bilirubin increased, fibrosis of liver increased, steatosis of liver progressed, are happening in the last two years.  Does anyone have any idea how to modify the current formula to treat this patient?

Short Article Submitted to the 2012 Pacific Symposium

 

"The Chinese Medical Canons' View on Immune Response and Its Regulation"

Recently submitted article introducing the subject of my 2012 Pacific Symposium seminar in San Diego., CA, on the diagnosis and treatment of auto-immune diseases with canonical formulas of the Shanghan Lun and Jingui Yaolue.

The article is also available in print from in the Oriental Medicine gazette published by the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine.

http://www.pacificcollege.edu/acupuncture-massage-news/articles/1159-the-chinese-medical-canons-view-on-immune-response-and-its-regulation.html 

4) Canonical Chinese Medicine: The Herb and Formula Archetypes of Zhang Zhongjing

$500.00
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An Instruction in the Canonical Monographs:  
The Inner and Outer Circles of Zhang Zhongjing’s Herb and Formula Archetypes 
This two weekend course is the instruction of specialized Materia Medica and formula 
studies in the service of canonical Chinese medicine as practiced by Zhang Zhongjing in 
the Shanghan Lun and the Jingui Yaolue. 
The Treatise on Cold Damage shanghan lun and the Essentials of the Golden Cabinet 
jingui yaolue are considered the ancestral books on formulaic science in Chinese 
medicine. The books written in Han dynasty (approx. 200 CE) by Zhang Zhongjing are 
the foundation of Chinese herbal medicine and the first clinical handbooks in the history 
of human medicine. 
Canonical herbal medicine is practiced according the rules of the Yellow Emperor’s Inner 
Classic huangdi neijing, the Divine Farmer’s Materia Medica Classic shennong bencao 
jing and the Yiyin Decoction Classic yiyin tangye jing. They still function to this day as 
the foundation of all herbal formulas. It is widely considered that every herbal 
prescription to date can be traced back to its roots in one of these classics. As such, the 
importance of these single herb ingredients and the formulaic science of these 
prescriptions are to this day unrivalled.  
Zhang Zhongjing did not use large amounts of different ingredients but rather employed a 
core selection of very simple and plain herbs, combined with the greatest scientific 
perfection to design the most efficacious and safe herbal prescriptions existing. The herbs 
used were all based on profound insights into the nature of our cosmos and showed 
explicit and implicit correlations with both nature and the universe. Both single herbs and 
formulas were seen as stars and constellations at an imaginary firmament and were often 
even named as such, thus producing the famous names of prescriptions such as the Black 
Warrior Decoction, or the Blue-green Dragon Decoction, to name but a few. 
The first weekend is the authoritative introduction to the inner circle of Zhang 
Zhongjing’s herbal world and introduces the participant to the core cabinet of the 
archetypical twenty-five single herbs and their representative prescriptions. The herbs 
and prescriptions will be introduced in a format of canonical monographs presenting 
much more than the conventional pieces of information of actions and indications. A 
monograph will instruct on the symbolism and star constellations related to the herb, the 
signature of the plant, its qi and flavors and their respective density, movement 
directionality and organ and channel affinity, herb actions and dosages, possible 
acupuncture point equivalents, disease indications and lastly representative formulas with 
their common modifications. 
2Sources referenced include the commanding Han dynasty Divine Farmer’s Materia 
Medica shennong bencao jing, the Jin dynasty Records by Famous Physicians mingyi 
bielu, and Japanese Shanghan Lun and Kampo master Yoshimasu Todo’s Herb Types 
yakucho, to name but a few. 
Both for beginners of herbal medicine as for advanced and seasoned practitioners, this 
seminar is the gateway into herbal medicine practiced along the tenets of the Han dynasty 
classics and doorway into canonical Chinese herbal medicine as practiced by Zhang 
Zhongjing in the Shanghan Lun and Jingui Yaolue. The seminar introduces the 
participant to Zhang Zhongjing’s inner circle of herbs and is prerequisite to the second 
weekend follow-up course instructs The Outer Circle of Zhang Zhongjing’s Herb and 
Formula Archetypes which is a selection of another 75 of the most important secondary 
herbs of the Zhang Zhongjing universe.
Total Instruction is 4 days worth of seminars with about 64 credit hours of instruction. Language English. 
Price: $500.00

Bai jiu additions

Hi Arnaud & All,

 I was just looking back over some of my SHL & JGYL formulas and noticing yet again that I often fail to add alcohol when needed.  I have noticed a significant difference in use of the Gualou/Xiebai formulas for chest bi when it has been has been added.  What other of ZZJ's formulas traditionally require the addition of Baijiu?

2012-2014 Portland Canonical Chinese Medicine Training- Shanghan Lun Sequence

The following seminar series will be offered in Portand, OR. Location will be at Lewis and Clark College. Please use the attached form for registrations.
 
2012 Seminar Schedule:   
 
SHL 2 (Sep 1-2, 2012):  Herb and Formula Archetypes, Inner Circle 
SHL 3 (Nov 10-11, 2012):  Herb and Formula Archetypes, Outer Circle- Part One 
 
2013 Seminar Schedule: 
 
SHL 4 (Jan 5-6, 2013):  Herb and Formula Archetypes, Outer Circle- Part Two  
SHL 5 (March 30-31, 2013): SHL Pathophysiology and Basic Patterns  
SHL 6 (July 13-14, 2013): SHL Pulse Diagnosis 
SHL 7 (Oct 12-13, 2013): SHL Formula Families 
SHL 8 (Nov 16-17, 2013): SHL Formula Modifications + SHL Acupuncture 
SHL 9 (Dec 14-15, 2013): SHL Abdominal Diagnosis- Fukushin 
 
2014 Seminar Schedule: 
 
SHL 10 (Jan 4-5, 2014)  SHL Clinical Strategies and Case Studies 
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She is cold.

Hallo everybody.

I would like to ask for your help.

37 year old female. Suffering from feeling cold and exhausted since adolescence. She dresses herself very carefully and uses hot-water bags at night, which she renew at least one time. Her sleep is very superficially. She is nervous. She suffers from urge symptoms of the urine bladder, which aggravate with cold weather. Recurrently she feels abdominal discomfort with bloating, followed be the feeling of having caught a cold. Appetite is normal. Thurst is normal, but she avoids to drink  in the afternoon and evening to prevent herself from visiting the toilet in night times. When she work a lot or is feeling pushed she start to sweat under the axilla.

Pulses: left cun: does not lift the finger, left guan is week and tensed in the deep layer, left chi is tensed and thin in the middle layer. right cun is tight in the superficial and mid depth and the right guan is weak. 

Abdomen: Water splash, hard pi, only some rikyu and oketsu, pulsations

A colleague already gave her dang gui si ni tang, sini san, and a modification of fuzi lizhong wan. Nothing improved in a crucial way. When she took 30 Gramms of fuzi (good quality) she suffered from severe side effects.

 

Thanks for your help

Alexander