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Bamberg ICEAM 2020 Advanced Seminar

February 8, 2020 - February 11, 2020

Bamberg ICEAM 2020 Advanced Seminar

Saturday February 8- Tuesday February 11, 2020
Welcome Kongress Hotel, Mußstr. 7, 96047 Bamberg, Germany

Instructor: Arnaud Versluys, PhD, LAc

It is with great pleasure that we can announce the offering of another Advanced Seminar in Europe in 2020 in beautiful Bamberg! Because the upcoming New Orleans’ Advanced Seminar is a repeat of the Wuyun Liuqi seminar, we have decided to organize an extra event for all European students.

The seminar will consist of four days instruction in English. Topics will be the Dr. Tian Practice of Perfect Conclusion shanshou, and Formula Equivalencies on days one and two; and the Pathophysiology of the Small Intestine on days three and four. Course descriptions are below.

There will also be one clinic day offered before the seminar on Friday February 7, 2020. For clinic details and registration, please contact Maximilian Beer directly at maximilianclbeer@gmail.com

Tuition Cost:

  • USD 1821.00 (if registered before December 18, 2019)
  • USD 2141.00 (if registered after December 19, 2019)

Cancellation Policy:

  • Cancel more than 90 days before event: 100% refund
  • Cancel 45-90 days before event: 50% refund
  • Cancel less than 45 days before event: no refund

To register for this event, log in to your Diplomate account on the ICEAM site and add the course to your cart. If you have trouble accessing your account, please email info@iceam.org for assistance. After registering online, contact Maximilian Beer at maximilianclbeer@gmail.com to book your hotel room at the conference hotel. Hotel rooms are guaranteed before December 28, 2019, so please make your bookings on time!

Hotel Costs:

Total for lodging (4 nights) and conference is EUR 619, payable to the hotel front desk. Cost breakdown is as following.

  • Conference Fee: EUR 243 – This includes morning and afternoon coffee breaks, as well as the daily conference group lunch.
  • Lodging Fee: EUR 376 – The hotel rooms we could reserve are single rooms on a limited offer. The hotel rooms at the conference location are available on a first come first serve basis. These single rooms are available at €94 per night, including breakfast, and are booked for 4 nights (€376), from 8th – 11th.

If you are planning on arriving a day in advance or staying longer, it can be requested but cannot be guaranteed. The earlier you notify us, the higher your chances of having a room for the extra night(s). Room description: 18sqm room standard type with safe, TV, AC, WIFI, including breakfast.

We understand that there are many lodging options available in town, but please be mindful that our use of the conference room at the hotel is contingent on a minimum number of hotel room bookings. Lodging elsewhere risks our group losing the venue altogether, so please try and make an effort to stay with your group at the venue. Thank you.


Course Descriptions:

Dr. Tian’s Method of Perfect Conclusion shanshou, and Formula Equivalencies

Dr. Tian’s understanding of canonical formulas allowed him to always know which formula should be followed by which other formula to both stabilize results, as well as treat concomitant or residual conditions. His ability to do so was because of his advanced understanding of how formulas can be equivalent to each other, and therefore used in sequence.

The model of Formula Equivalency instructs on the treatment of identical or highly similar diseases or clinical presentations, with architecturally very different formulas. Zhang Zhongjing himself implicitly introduced the concept of Formula Equivalency in Shanghan Lun lines 69 and 82; 91 and 92; 42 and 225, as well as in the Jingui Yaolue Chest Obstruction chapter, etc.

For this seminar, Dr. Versluys has organized all the equivalent formulas of Zhang Zhongjing along the aforementioned classifications of Interior-Exterior, Hot-Cold, Excess-Deficient, Functional-Material, and Qi-Water-Blood. The study of such
organization will shed new light on previously known formulas and solve clinical problems when a certain formula is not producing results in clinic, allowing the practitioner to gain insight in which other prescription is clinically equivalent, essentially treating the same illness, but from a different angle of approach, be it more functional versus material, supplementing versus moving, etc, all while staying within the framework of Zhang Zhongjing’s canonical prescriptions.

The seminar presents the next level of insight into the canonical formulas for the already serious Chinese herbalist with a background in classical prescriptions. A preview of this course can be seen here: https://www.iceam.org/course/canonical-formula-equivalencies-and-dr-tian-hemings-practice-of-the-perfect-conclusion/

The Pathophysiology of the Small Intestine

Both in Western physiology as well as in Chinese medicine, the small intestine is a very important organ fulfilling indispensable physiological functions. But when reading the classics of Chinese medicine, not much has been written about it. As such it becomes undeniably pressing to revisit said organ to discover more about its significance as a member of the court of twelve organ officials of classical times.

Dr. Versluys has spent years looking into this subject matter and discovered that the small intestine is actually the most important organ in the body, second to the Heart. Both organs belong to the Imperial Fire of the South, but the Heart is considered inaccessible and off-limits to direct treatment. As such, the Small Intestine becomes the most important organ to treatment in pathologies pertaining to the governance of blood and the supply of fire in the body.

In this seminar, Versluys will present the culmination of his many years of research, explaining the physiology of the Small Intestine in relation to the three aspects of qi, water and blood, and explain how the many treatments said to affect the Mingmen,
actually treat the Small Intestine. Examples of herbs and formulas treating the Small Intestine will be used to give insight into its workings and its diseases. To illustrate said points, we will analyze relevant passages of pertinent Han dynasty classics such as the Neijing, the Shanghan Lun, and the Jingui Yaolue.

A preview of this course can be seen here: https://www.iceam.org/course/the-pathophysiology-of-the-small-intestine/



Total of credits: 28 credits (NCCAOM approved; California pending)

For European Diplomates, there is equivalency with your local organizations.

Any logistical questions regarding this event may be directed to Maximilian Beer at maximilianclbeer@gmail.com, while all questions regarding the courses may be directed to Arnaud at aversluys@iceam.org.

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