Mai Dao: Path of the Pulse with Dr. William Morris

Please send an email to ce@aoma.edu if you are intersted in the Fall 2015 Series.

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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 pulsediagnosis@yahoogroups.com and www.pulsediagnosis.com. 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.

August 22-23
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.
Each individual position is used for purposes of the zang-fu and given all their functions according to the Spiritual Orchid – Spiritual Axis Chapter 8. For the liver, the commanding function of the general, strategic planning and other features of the lover as an organ.
September 5-6

The carotid-radial ratio is like a 10,000 foot view upon the physiology. It is the largest aspect of yin and yang, comparing above and below. It relates to the first division of yin and yang.
Directions are used to adjust each of the domains of the zang-fu. These include the spirits such as the shen, hun, po, zhi and yi. They are also suitable for pathophysiological events within the zang-fu.
The ying qi pulse method follows the movement of qi within the channels. Sometimes called the Entry-Exit system, this pulse method can be used to clear blacks to treatment when the 8 Curious Vessels are not holding. The wei qi cycle and the ying qi cycle are essential to effective treatment of sleep disorders, existential problems of self and other, and immune system concerns. 
Time frames in the NeoClassical Methed
Level                           Time Frame                                                                  Pulse Method
1                                Jing cycle 7-8 years                                         8 Extraordinary 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 Wu 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.
 

October 31 - November 1

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.

December 5-6

The wave is the subtlest component of the pulse. It is assessed in terms of yin and yang, five elements, or 6 divisions.

This module addresses the divergent channels in the context of latent pathogens and emotional trauma.

Divergent channels, 8 Curious Vessels, the Compass Method and the Profection are useful tools in the treatment of trauma. The appropriate timing and combination of these tools will refine the art of medicine to a high level. These are deep and profound strategies that transform the practitioner and the patient.

Location


Classrooms at AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine (4701 West Gate Blvd, Austin, TX 78745). Map and directions.

Class times

Classes will be held from 10am-5pm daily with a lunch break from 1-2pm.