The six conformations is the most complete and enlightening system of patho-physiological understanding in Chinese medicine.
Far from being just another way to organize the acupuncture channels, the six conformations actually encompass all the organ systems of the body, its tissues, pathways, functions, diseases and their resolutions. This system is so important, the father of Chinese herbal medicine – Zhang Zhongjing – based the entire Shanghan lun upon it.
Unfortunately, it is not well understood among Chinese medicine practitioners in the English speaking world. Because of the fast pace of contemporary education, and the need to produce practitioners who are competent enough to pass the national board exams, detailed information about this critical theory is simply ignored.
Because of this deficiency, many people have difficulty understanding works like the Shanghan lun, and generally struggle to diagnose diseases in the clinic. It’s very frustrating for a student or practitioner to know that the power and depth is THERE in the medicine, and yet feel unable to fully access it.
We created this course to help you access this material – no matter where you are in the world or how much time you have
Like the rest of our courses, this one will be delivered in engaging, high quality video lectures accompanied with plenty of learning materials so you can really absorb the material. Brandon Brown, the course instructor, will begin with a definition and history of the 6 Conformations as mentioned in the Neijing Suwen and the Shanghan Lun. He’ll then introduce some major concepts that are necessary for understanding each of the Conformations. 1) Opening, Closing, and Pivoting. 2) The Resolution Times and 3) The Root, Manifestation, and Center Qi of each Conformation. Finally, he will work with each conformation from Taiyang through to Jueyin – 6 in all.
In each of the individual conformation classes, Brandon will discuss not only the pathology and physiology of each conformation, but also explain the *why* behind the symptoms. With this type of understanding, you can begin to explain novel cases in classical terms. From this vantage point, Chinese herbal formula prescribing becomes much more straightforward.