NeoClassical Pulse Diagnosis with Dr. William Morris

NeoClassical Pulse Diagnosis with Dr. William Morris

September 24-25, 2016

Weekend I

A Path to Deep Transformation through the eight extraordinary vessels, six channels and the five phases

This module presents two methods for treating a range of ecopsychosocial problems. They are form the center of my practice and increasing number of practitioners in a variety of disciplines. These methods are based upon shape, and are therefore easily grasped.

The 8 extraordinary vessel (8EV) pulse method is one of the most robust and profound methods of pulse diagnosis I have found. It can be used for literally any condition. Further the pulse method describes shape and can be used for record keeping.

The 6-division (6D) pulse system will be addressed as well. It makes a perfect fit with the methods of Master Dong as he taught and as his disciples, Drs. Tan, Young and Lee. While the 6D method works quickly and effectively for pain syndromes, it can also be used for concerns of internal medicine.  

The five seasonal pulses, which also correspond with each of the pulse positions, offer an excellent second step to the treatment methods outlined herein. This provides a level of sophistication in the course of treatment that is consistent with many of the world’s finer acupuncture traditions.

We will then use these methods to address emerging concerns of the patient during clinical intake. Of particular note, it is important to take the pulse at the very moment that the patient becomes decompensated in the course of telling their story. This method of focusing the clinical gaze has profound implications.

Successful participants will be able to identify:

  • The 8EV pulses
  • The 6 channel pulses
  • The five seasonal pulses
  • Develop appropriate treatment plans using acupuncture and herbs

This program is good for both acupuncturists and herbalists.

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November 12-13, 2016

Weekend II Pulse Diagnosis for Herbal Medicine

Pulse Diagnosis of anatomy and physiology for purposes of herbal prescription

Each pulse diagnosis method has advantages. Such advantages are gained by understanding what question we are asking at the moment of taking the pulse.

This pulse diagnostic method focuses primarily upon the function of organs and the consequent pathology and physiology. We will spend a good deal of time exploring fluid pathology in relationship to pulse diagnosis but also significant problems of the circulatory system in general.

Inquiry is used to guide the selection of pulse method. Since the question relates to anatomical location, one places the image of the body over the radial artery in order to explore specific anatomical locations.

In this anatomical-physiological method, a rolling technique is used to explore particular anatomical locations. For instance, one may examine the esophagus by rolling distal from the stomach position in order to get insight about the structure and function of the esophagus. Searching the depths, one may examine the nerve, vessel and organ tissues. The appropriate herbs are then discussed.

Objectives - Upon successful completion of this module, learners will be able to:

  • Identify unique pulses of the Ding family tradition as taught by Dr. John HF Shen
  • Identify anatomical locations of the pulse
  • Identify latent pathogens with the pulse
  • Parse out pathogens and essential substances via the pulse
  • Construct herbal treatment strategies based upon the pulse

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December 10 - 11, 2016

Weekend III - Pulse Diagnosis for Herbal Medicine, Acupuncture and Ethics

The treatment of trauma, individually, in family systems and social systems, these concerns directly affect the souls evolutionary situation

This weekend we will take a journey into the treatment of trauma using herbal medicine and tuning forks. Three areas of focus will be physical, psychosocial and transgenerational trauma.  

The practice of pulse diagnosis eases when driven by inquiry. Here, the question pertains to the changes in the pulse during the patient’s report of history. Conventional and novel pulse methods are used for the development of the treatment plan. 

An evolutionary scum off the for correlating plant materials to the individual and collective stages of transformation are explored in depth. These explorations are, of course, provided in the context of the NeoClassical pulse method.

Objectives - Upon successful completion of this module, learners will:

  • Assess impact of trauma using pulse diagnosis
  • Use and assess the 8EV to treat the results of shock
  • Employ anatomical locations of the pulse critical to the treatment of trauma
  • Address 8EV in the context of birth trauma
  • Address of traumatic dream material, its assessment and treatment
  • Construct herbal treatment strategies based upon the pulse
  • Explore the organization of plant pharmacopeia in relationship to evolutionary concerns

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Speaker Bio

William Morris, PhD, DAOM, LAc

Dr. Morris is a pulse diagnosis teacher of world renown. He is the founder of and He began his studies in the area of pulse diagnosis and pulse balancing methods in 1980. He taught the Shen-Hammer method with Leon Hammer between 1993 and 2000. Since then, Will has adapted the Shen-Hammer nomenclature to conventional pulse diagnosis language and continues to teach the method on that basis. Will discovered the compass method and was the first to publish in English on the eight extraordinary vessel and six channel pulse methods of Wang Shuhe. He completed his PhD dissertation, Pulse Diagnosis: Epistemology, Practice and Tradition in 2009. It is a synthesis of conventional, canonical and family lineage forms of practice that is deconstructed in terms of how clinical knowledge is built.


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