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New Orleans – 2015 Advanced Canonical Chinese Medicine Seminar

November 4, 2015 - November 8, 2015

The Pathologies and Formulas of the Decoction Classic tangye jing

November 4-7, 2015

The Treatise on Cold Damage and Complex Disorders is a unique clinical handbook. Nothing of its kind was ever before seen in the pre-Han history of Chinese medicine. Its clinical and academic value is unrivalled. But when reading all medical classics preceding the eastern-Han dynasty, it is hard not to wonder what the blueprint for the formulas in this work was? Many historical physicians have contemplated this question but only Jin-dynasty masters like Huang Fumi and Tao Hongjing formulated an actual answer. The answer at the time being that Zhongjing’s formulas belong to the transmission lineage of the Divine Farmer, and were a continuation of the formulaic science of western-Han dynasty’s Decoction Classic tangye jing.

But for modern man it was hard to confirm this opinion. And it was even harder to actually establish the source of Zhongjing’s formulas. Until the first part of the twentieth century, when among the medical books found in the Dunhuang caves in Northwest China, a work by Tao Hongjing was found, titled Secret Key to the Essential Methods for the Application of Herbs for Viscera and Bowels. In these Secret Keys, Tao Hongjing records a total of sixty formulas from the Decoction Classic, among which the major and minor tonification and purgation formulas, and the major and minor Dawn and Six Constellation decoctions. Upon inspection, it is not hard to discern their similarities with Zhongjing’s formulas. Thus it became finally possible to confirm that these formulas without any doubt have functioned as blueprints in the design of Zhongjing’s prescriptions.

Though the seminar will give a detailed overview of the historical situation and importance of the Tangye Jing, this seminar will still have a stronger clinical emphasis and will mostly instruct on the pathologies indicated for the use of the formulas recorded. The pathology part of the instruction will be a pure Neijing Suwen and Lingshu instruction, drawing from multiple chapters and passages. The second part of the instruction will elucidate on the architecture of the Tangye Jing formulas, and their relationship with Zhang Zhongjing’s formulas. Lastly, the final part of the formula instruction will concern the elaborate modification system presented in the Tangye Jing as a guide for advanced modifications of Zhang Zhongjing’s formulas.

Your instructor, Dr. Arnaud Versluys, will draw upon years of experience with Canonical Formulas, as well as his doctoral research performed in China on the Tangye Jing. The seminar is only open to ICEAM’s graduated Diplomates of Canonical Chinese Medicine.

28 NCCAOM CEU’s and California PDA’s pending

Case Studies and Formula Modifications of Dr. Tian Heming田鶴鳴

November 8, 2015

Tian Heming, was born in 1883 in the town of Jianyang 簡陽in Sichuan province, China. His birth name was Tian Qishang 田啟上, but he later adopted his older brother’s clinical moniker and started practicing under the studio name Tian Bawei 田八味, or Eight Ingredient Tian. He practiced medicine professionally in Chengdu nearby the Qingyang Temple in the area known as the Xie Family Pond xiejia chi 謝家池. He died peacefully at his home in Chengdu in 1980, enjoying the age of 97 years, during which he practiced medicine for over 70 years.

His brother Tian Qitai田啟泰, moved around the end of Qing dynasty, near the beginning of the Republic of China, from Jianyang to Chengdu, where he was a Confucian scholar-physician. He treated disease exclusively with Shanghan formulas. Tian Heming inherited his skill, and excelled and improved it, treating any and all condition with only Zhang Zhongjing formulas. Dr. Tian would see up to 300 patients every day and worked tirelessly through China’s tumult. The Tian family style of Chinese medicine is especially known for its advanced and intricate system of pulse diagnosis for canonical formulas.

Dr. Tian Heming trained many great physicians, most notably Dr. Zeng Rongxiu曾榮修former honorary director of ICEAM, and important Tian lineage holder.

In 1999, your instructor, Dr. Arnaud Versluys, met his ultimately lifelong teacher, Dr. Zeng Rongxiu 曾榮修, under whom he trained in traditional Shanghan Lun discipleship for 13 years. It continues to be Dr. Versluys’ life work to discover and reconstruct the clinical practice and theoretical underpinnings of the Tian family style of Canonical Formulas. Not only did he receive the full transmission of knowledge from his master, Dr. Zeng Rongxiu, the main representative of the Tian-Zeng branch of the lineage. But he has also received instructions from the late Dr. Zheng Guanglu鄭廣露; from Wu Tianfu吳天福, the widower of Dr. Tian’s granddaughter, and lineage holder Tian Yuxia 田玉俠; and from Dr. Tian’s sole surviving disciple, Dr. Huang Xuan黃旋. The converging of these four branches within Dr. Versluys have uniquely allowed him to synthesize and reconstruct the clinical style of pulse diagnosis and formula use and have made him into the sole living representative of the Tian system. This seminar is a worldwide first-ever distillation of fragmented knowledge in writings and anecdotes dispersed through the Tian lineage, gathered and organized for the sake of this instruction and the preservation of the system.

The seminar will present a biographical introduction to Dr. Tian and the structure of the lineage, along with instruction in a number of clinical cases by Dr. Tian. A second part of the seminar will be the instruction on Dr. Tian’s modification system for Zhang Zhongjing formulas, as well as his use of a select group of non-Zhang Zhongjing formulas.

7 NCCAOM CEU’s approved and CA PDA’s pending


November 4, 2015
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