DCCM® Program: Sequence 1 – Shanghan Lun

Shanghan Lun courses are designed to provide multifaceted and in-depth instruction of how to understand and work with the Shanghan Lun, both on a diagnostic level by utilizing advanced pulse diagnosis and abdominal palpation, as well as from a therapeutic perspective by applying both herbs and acupuncture as one streamlined process.

Most Shanghan Lun live courses are in a weekend seminar format. All courses may be taken at any ICEAM® location as well as online with the exception of lineage-specific proprietary and/or practical aspects of the Shanghan Lun Pulse Diagnosis weekend, as well as the practical aspects of the Shanghan Lun Abdominal Diagnosis course which cannot be taken online. To allow online students to fulfill these aforementioned requirements, separate Shanghan Lun Pulse Diagnosis and Abdominal Diagnosis practicums will be offered ad-hoc. Courses must be taken in sequence, with successful completion of each course being a prerequisite for admission to the course that follows.

Continuing Education & Professional Development

Upon completion of a course, students receive a certificate of continuing education credits.


Shanghan Lun Courses

Elementary Aspects of Canonical Chinese Medicine

Canonical Chinese Medicine is the style of Chinese medicine practiced along the tenets codified in the Western and Eastern Han dynasty (approx. 200 BC- 200 CE) medical classics or canons. It is the foundation of both clinical and theoretical Chinese medicine as we know it. Canonical Chinese medicine is comprised of two main schools being the Yellow Emperor huangdi 黄帝school of Medical Canons yijing pai 醫經派and the Divine Farmer shennong 神农school of Canonical Formulas jingfang pai经方派.

The Nineteen Lines on Pathology

Chapter 74 of the Great Treatise on the Essence of the Utmost Truth zhizhen yaodalun of the Inner Classic of the Yellow Emperor huangdi neijing records the most encompassing and original rules in Chinese medicine pathology. The Nineteen Lines on Pathology are considered to be the most authoritative instructions on classical etio-pathology and the only discourse where a differentiation method based on the five phase energetics is presented. Because they cannot be researched from merely the more modern Qing dynasty organ differentiation standpoint we are most accustomed to, the instructions are difficult to understand. This course presents the only path to full understanding of the lines – an evaluation from all possible angles in classical Chinese medicine thinking, including cross-referencing other classics like the Classic of Difficulties nan jing and later commentaries by masters like Zhang Jingyue.

The Energetics of the Five Flavors and Canonical Formulas

This course will allow both the beginning as well as the advanced herbalist to gain a deeper understanding of how the herbs work and through what pathway of action they achieve their therapeutic results. This knowledge will then directly contribute to a more detailed prescription behavior, better understanding of formulas and overall enhanced clinical effectiveness.

The Herb and Formula Archetypes: The Inner Circle

Both for beginners of herbal medicine as for advanced and seasoned practitioners, this seminar is the gateway into herbal medicine practiced along the tenets of the Han dynasty classics and doorway into canonical Chinese herbal medicine as practiced by Zhang Zhongjing in the Shanghan Lun and Jingui Yaolue. The seminar introduces the participant to Zhang Zhongjing’s inner circle of herbs.

The Herb and Formula Archetypes: The Outer Circle, Part One

This course begins instruction in the Outer Circle of Zhang Zhongjing’s Herb and Formula Archetypes, which is a selection of another 75 of the most important secondary herbs of the Zhang Zhongjing universe. Both for beginners of herbal medicine as for advanced and seasoned practitioners, this seminar is a gateway into herbal medicine practiced along the tenets of the Han dynasty classics and doorway into canonical Chinese herbal medicine as practiced by Zhang Zhongjing in the Shanghan Lun and Jingui Yaolue.

Shanghan Lun Pathophysiology and Basic Patterns

The Treatise on Cold Damage or Shanghan Lun is one of the most prominent Eastern Han-dynasty (circa CE 200) classics in Chinese medicine and the first clinical handbook in China’s medical history. The differentiation system and consequent text is outlined along a grid of six channels or conformations. This course aims to provide an in-depth understanding into the nature of six conformation pathologies as well as their systematic treatment.

Tian-Lineage® Shanghan Lun Pulse Diagnosis

The importance of the pulse instructions is best illustrated with the words of the late Beijing Shanghan Lun scholar Liu Duzhou: “…the use of Zhongjing’s rules on pulses rests on the understanding of disease and the decision between life and death. Hence, for mastery of the theory behind the six conformations differentiation, one must imperatively study the pulse differentiation methods for the benefit of one’s six conformation differentiation.”

Shanghan Lun Abdominal Diagnosis Fukushin

Through this course, the participant will learn the theory behind abdominal diagnosis including an in-depth understanding of the pathomechanism of the abdominal patterns, as well as the interpretation of these actionable findings and their direct translation into herbal treatment with classical formulas.

Shanghan Zabing Lun Formula Families

This course will provide an in-depth discussion on a core selection of formulas, including both formulas for external invasion, as well as internal damage, all categorized along core formula families. The familial affinity of formulas revolves around shared herb methods. Herb methods represent the full spectrum functions of an herb in different formulaic contexts. The course will instruct on the formula families of some of the most central herbs methods of the Zhang Zhongjing universe.

Canonical Formula Modification System

In this course, a strict system of clinical modification will be taught. The system was developed by Dr. Versluys over the course of the last ten years by analyzing both Zhang Zhongjing’s prescriptions as well as the characteristics of the Tian-Zeng lineage’s clinical practice. It is fully grounded and based in the classical writings of the original designer of the formulas, Zhang Zhongjing. The system is organized along a hierarchical system of formula modifications and provides a failsafe method for modification to adapt to a broader collection of complex clinical manifestations as often encountered in Chinese medicine clinic in the West. A waterproof modification system forms the basis of classical herbal practice and the elimination of random clinical variables which are the greatest cause for failure in clinic.

Shanghan Lun Acupuncture

The goal of this course is to provide a framework for acupuncture and moxibustion therapy based on Shanghan Lun rationale of the six conformations. Specific point prescriptions will be discussed, but even more importantly a methodology for point selection that can be applied to any Shanghan Lun-based herbal therapy will be taught. The methodology for point selection will consider the same many factors that the original author has considered in the design of his herbal formulas.

Tian-Zeng Lineage® Shanghan Lun Case Studies and Clinical Strategies

During this course, Dr. Versluys will provide a case-based instruction on the pathomechanism and herbal treatment of a core selection of modern diseases as analyzed and regarded through the classical lens of Zhang Zhongjing. The cases all come from Dr. Versluys’ personal clinic and are of great relevance in modern Chinese medicine clinic in the West.


ICEAM Programs

ICEAM programs were developed to provide clinicians with the rare opportunity to access the classics, or canons, that form the foundation of East Asian medicine.

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Upon successful completion of a seminar, students receive a certificate of continuing education or professional development credits.

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