NeoClassical Pulse Diagnosis with Dr. William Morris


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NeoClassical Pulse Diagnosis with Dr. William Morris

October 31-November 1, 2015

Weekend I

The 8 extraordinary vessel 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. It is important to remember that, when using this method, the shape may be indicative of some other problem.

The 6-channel system will be addressed here. It is profoundly effective for the conditions of the sinews. Having said this, it is used for internal medical concerns as well. The time frames of the NeoClassical method present a cognitive structure. As can be seen here, this weekend will focus upon Levels 1, 2 and part of 4.

Time frames in the NeoClassical Methed

Level Time Frame Pulse Method
1 Jing cycle 7-8 years 8 Extrordinary vessels
2 Seasons 5 Transformations, Carotid-Radial
3 Month (Lunar cycle) Wu Ji Divisions
4 Day Ying Qi and Wei Qi Cycles
5 Beats per minute Count 30 seconds
6 Wave Division by Wi Ji and 5 Transformations

This progression of time frames begins with a large view and progresses to more detailed increments. In this article the time frame under consideration is seasonal. 

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

  • identify the 8EV pulses
  • identify the 6 channel pulses
  • identify the 5 seasonal pulses and contextualize them in the body and with the seasons
  • use the learned pulse methods to construct meaningful and appropriate treatments

December 5-6, 2015

Weekend II Pulse Diagnosis for Herbal Medicine

Every pulse diagnosis method may be used to inform various areas of practice. The body image system is particularly useful for herbal medicine.

The practice of pulse diagnosis eases when driven by inquiry. Here, the question pertains to anatomical location. In this method, one places the image of the body over the radial artery in order to explore specific anatomical locations.

The depths correlate with the nerve, vessel and organ tissues from anatomical points of view. The late great John HF Shen influenced a whole generation of practitioners in America and Europe. The lineage he transmitted included a pulse diagnosis system that involved a ‘body image’ on the radial artery at the wrist. In his method, the fingers are rolled from one of the primary pulse positions into an area that is representative of a specific anatomical feature of the organ. For instance, to examine the esophagus, one rolls distal from the primary stomach position in order to get insight about the structure and function of the esophagus from the pulse.

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

  • identify unique pulses of the Shen Hammer tradition
  • 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

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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