Wang Ju-yi (left) and Jonathan Chang (right)
Course Description: Applied Channel Theory (經絡醫學jīng luò yī xué) is an approach in Chinese medicine rooted in the dual research threads of classical texts and modern clinical application.
Developed by Dr. Wang Ju-yi over 50 years in Beijing clinics, hospitals and research institutes, it involves the rigorous combination of theory and diagnostic technique. More precisely, Applied Channel Theory requires that examination of acupuncture channels be considered in the broader context of other diagnostic tools. In addition to channel examination, Applied Channel Theory is a comprehensive system that includes channel theory (channel qi transformation), channel differentiation, channel selection, the nature of acupuncture points, point selection and location, and various methods of channel regulation (like acupuncture, moxibustion, hand techniques and so on).
This two-day class will focus on learning the basics of channel examination through interactive lectures, video presentations of Dr. Wang Ju-yi’s recent clinical cases in Beijing, and hands-on practice of technique. In addition, an exploration of channel-based physiology will be presented from the text Applied Channel Theory in Chinese Medicine.
Channel examination is a classical diagnostic technique not often taught in modern acupuncture schools in the West. Emphasized in the earliest Chinese medical texts (Nei Jing/Nan Jing), examination of the channels is essential to confirming diagnosis and refining point selection.
Channel examination involves the methods of observation, feeling temperature/moisture, palpation of pulses, pressing and palpation of channels. The emphasis of the course will be on channel palpation, and the various changes that can be discovered.
In the mornings, the course will focus on lectures on channel physiology, and videos of Dr. Wang’s recent cases in Beijing will be presented to help the students understand how to apply this method in their own clinics. Afternoons will focus on hands-on palpation of the 14 channels in the body, including practice on Dr. Wang’s unique point locations.
· Required Reading: Students of the course are required to have read Wang Ju-yi and Jason Roberston's book, "Applied Channel Theory in Chinese Medicine." (http://channelpalpation.org/publications/books/). There are also articles on this website that would be useful to read, and are free to download.
· Students must also understand the fundamentals of TCM, acupuncture/shiatsu (this course is open to current students, recent graduates and professionals)
Subjects covered will include:
· Classical channel physiology and a discussion of how physiology manifests with specific, palpable changes on the acupuncture channels
· Techniques for palpating each of the fourteen major channels. This section of the class will involve hands-on work by the students; palpating channels on each other with feedback from the instructors.
· How to utilize information gleaned from channel palpation to refine and simplify diagnosis.
· An introduction to the acupuncture treatment style (including point selection) of Dr. Wang Ju-yi through video case studies of the master in action.
About the Instructor:
Jonathan Chang graduated from the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine in
2012 with a degree in Chinese Medicine, and from McMaster University
(Canada) in 2002 with a degree in Arts and Science. Since 2008 he has
studied with Wang Ju-yi in Beijing, and has been Dr. Wang’s full-time
assistant at the Wang Ju-yi Applied Channel Theory Research Centre and
Clinic since 2012.
In August 2012, he was recognized by the Beijing Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Beijing Acupuncture and Moxibustion Association and Wang Ju-yi, as one of Dr. Wang’s apprentices and an official instructor of Applied Channel Theory.
With two other apprentices, he helped compile a book of Dr. Wang’s recent clinical cases that was published by the China Press of Traditional Chinese Medicine in April 2014, titled Wang Ju-yi’s Applied Channel Theory Clinical Case Studies. Along with Mei Li, he is working on an English translation of the book, which will be published by Eastland Press.
Jonathan was also involved with the publication of Dr. Wang's Chinese book on Applied Channel Theory that was published by the China Press of TCM in 2016.
Jonathan is from Canada, but has lived in China since 2002 to focus on studying the Chinese language, Chen-style Taijiquan and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Facebook Page: Wang Ju-yi’s Applied Channel Theory
Please call 416-323-1818 ex. 200 to register. Payment can be made by Visa or
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A certificate will be issued at the end of the course.