The Importance of Seasons in Diagnosis through Pulse & Complexion/Colour

This presentation draws on texts from the HDNJ to demonstrate how you can develop confidence in honing and integrating these diagnostic skills into everyday practice.

The Importance of Seasons in Diagnosis through Pulse & Complexion/Colour

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By the end of this course, you will

  • Identify the chapters of the Neijing which focus on pulse and colour/complexion, and what you can learn from them.
  • Determine seasonal pulses in order to differentiate between health & disease.
  • Distinguish between a healthy & a diseased complexion within the context of seasonal diagnosis.
  • Be aware of contradictory signs between pulse and complexion within the context of seasonal diagnosis
  • Learn ways to hone your diagnostic skills in your everyday life.

Course Overview

Pulse taking & body diagnosis are two very important tools for diagnosis; but both can be challenging so some even give up on anything more than an overall basic pulse reading or feel totally overwhelmed by the complexity of specific pulse systems. What we often do not realise is that diagnosis of both pulse and complexion is based on an understanding of the seasons.

So it is great to discover that the canon of Chinese Medicine, the HDNJ, discusses pulse qualities and gives very clear guidance on the importance of combining pulse qualities with complexion for accurate diagnosis within the context of seasons. Using the seasons in diagnosis is a very useful and under-appreciated area of the Huangdi Neijing, as it means we can make an accurate diagnosis from basic pulse qualities alongside visual clues from the patient’s complexion. This presentation draws on texts from the HDNJ to demonstrate how you can develop confidence in honing and integrating these diagnostic skills into everyday practice.

This course has been a distinguished component of our prestigious International Online Symposium, ‘From the Books to the Clinic: Ancient Wisdom in Practice.’ It’s also available as part of our comprehensive symposium recording package. Click here to explore this enriching collection and elevate your learning experience.

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About Instructor

Deborah Woolf, LicAc, MBAcC, MA

I am a crazy keen acupuncturist and super enthusiastic lecturer, who, by chance, have discovered and loved the cosmology and numerology inherent in Chinese Philosophy and Medicine. I was lucky to study at the International College of Oriental Medicine (ICOM), the oldest acupuncture college in the UK, which teaches all the acupuncture points, as well as philosophy and theory, based on Five Phases, wuxing 五行, and Stems and Branches, wuyun liuqi 五運六氣. My course was a 5 year long extravaganza, and I came out the other side, exhausted, changed and driven. Since then (more than 25 years ago) I have not stopped treating, teaching and studying: these three activities interact fruitfully with each other, allowing me to deepen my understanding and practice of this amazing approach to health, the body and the cosmos. As I am the daughter of academics I took what I was taught and read around the subjects, to immerse myself more fully in ancient Chinese culture. I continue my education in classical Chinese medicine and philosophy and have studied classical Chinese for over 20 years. I may not be able to ask for soup, but I can make a stab at translating very obscure classical Chinese texts! This immersion alongside reading, studying and teaching has allowed me to apply my ‘apprentice' style learning to my practice. I thoroughly appreciate and love what I do and am grateful daily for the opportunity to learn more and more and be able to help my patients and students ever more!

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