Breathing Life into an Ancient Healing Tradition: The Example of the Shanghan Lun 

Transforms from inheritor of a static legacy to innovator, recognizing the Shanghan Lun's historical depth as a living, applicable force in contemporary medicine.

Breathing Life into an Ancient Healing Tradition: The Example of the Shanghan Lun 

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Taking this course, you will

  • Recognise how the Shanghan Lun’s teachings adapt to and enrich contemporary medicine.
  • Explore the evolution of the Shanghan Lun to appreciate its relevance across ages.
  • Apply Shanghan Lun principles creatively in modern clinical settings.
  • Realize the clinical potential and practical uses of Gui Zhi Tang, Tao He Cheng Qi Tang, Zhi Zi Chi Tang, Xiao Chai Hu Tang, and Gan Cao Xie Xin Tang.
  • Develop a flexible approach to diagnosis and treatment, inspired by ancient insights.
  • See yourself as an active participant in the ongoing evolution of Chinese medicine.

Course Overview

As Chinese medicine practitioners, we often pride ourselves with being part of an ancient tradition. However, the contribution and relevance of our medicine in modern times, does not only stem from its antiquity, but also from its ability to continuously develop, re-evaluate and adapt to changing times and circumstances.

This is the essence of medicine as a living tradition. We belong to a tradition of medicine that acknowledges that the ancient classics possess insights into the body’s intrinsic healing mechanisms and are therefore to be studied and examined. However, it also acknowledges that ancient texts should not be used as an excuse to freeze in time. These texts are a necessary base for assimilating our own social, cultural and scientific concepts, allowing us to enhance further our ability to heal.

In this course, you will follow the remarkable historical journey of the ancient medical text Shanghan Lun. We will discuss the changes in its perception through time, place and individual physicians, all of which influenced its interpretations and clinical applications. We will analyse five prominent formulas and discuss their practical uses, based on the concept behind the common phrase “grasp the mechanism of disease to flexibly apply the formulas”.

  • Understand how historical circumstances have moulded our perception of theoretical concepts.
  • Realize the clinical potential and practical uses of the following 5 formulas:
    • Gui Zhi Tang
    • Tao He Cheng Qi Tang
    • Zhi Zi Chi Tang
    • Xiao Chai Hu Tang
    • Gan Cao Xie Xin Tang

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About the Teacher

Hila Yaffe

My name is Hila Yaffe. I’ve been studying Chinese and Chinese Medicine since 1995. I practice Chinese Medicine in my private clinic, treating a large variety of health problems, using acupuncture and medicinal herbs. I give lectures and courses in the subjects of medicinal herbs, formulas, diagnostics, gynecology, internal medicine and Shang Han Lun. I worked for 12 years as a senior research assistant in the Research Center of Natural Medicine at Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem, where I had the opportunity to cooperate with different medical department, in order to create a fruitful basis for integrative medicine. I believe the strength of Chinese medicine lies in the ability to combine the observations and insights from ancient classical texts with the modern knowledge and understanding of physiology and pathology. Website in English: Website in Hebrew:

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