The six conformations is the most complete and enlightening system of patho-physiological understanding in Chinese medicine.
Far from being just another way to organize the acupuncture channels, the Six Conformations actually encompass all the organ systems of the body, its tissues, pathways, functions, diseases and their resolutions. This system is so important, Zhang Zhongjing, the father of Chinese herbal medicine based his Shanghan lun on a deep understanding of it.
Unfortunately, it is not well understood among Chinese medicine practitioners in the English speaking world. Because of the fast pace of contemporary education, and the need to produce practitioners who are competent enough to pass the national board exams, detailed information about this critical theory is often ignored or simplified to the point of uselessness.
Because of this deficiency, many people have difficulty understanding works like the Shanghan lun, and generally struggle to diagnose diseases in the clinic. It’s very frustrating for a student or practitioner to know that the power and depth is THERE in the medicine, and yet feel unable to fully access it.
This course was created to help you access this material – no matter where you are in the world or how much time you have to study.
Like the rest of the courses at CMC, this one is delivered in engaging, informative video lectures accompanied by auxillary materials that enliven your learning process. It’s a complete package of information that can take you from absolutely NO understanding of the 6 conformations to a level of comprehension that will allow you to utilize this theory in clinical practice.
Brandon Brown, the course instructor, begins with a definition and history of the 6 Conformations as mentioned in the Neijing Suwen and the Shanghan Lun. He then introduces some major concepts that are necessary for understanding each of the Conformations.
- Opening, Closing, and Pivoting
- The Resolution Times of each conformation and,
- The Root, Manifestation, and Center Qi of each Conformation
Finally, he will work with each conformation from Taiyang through to Jueyin – 6 in all. From the most exterior to the most interior, you will get the essential information about every aspect of this system in a way you can easily comprehend. He dives into acupuncture theory, Chinese herbal formulas and some of the more esoteric aspects of this “system of six.”
In each of the individual conformation classes, Brandon will discuss not only the pathology and physiology of each conformation, but also explain the *why* behind the symptoms.
With this understanding, you can begin to explain novel clinical cases in classical terms. From this vantage point, Chinese herbal formula prescribing becomes much more straightforward.
Brandon uses concrete examples of herbal formulas and pathological circumstances, enlivened by his own understanding and experience, so this complex information becomes much more than “just theory.”
How the course works
Each of the modules is pre-recorded and available as soon as your registration is confirmed. You’ll have unlimited time to make it through the course, and will be added to a special members-only email list that will give you tips & encouragement along the path.
You’ll also be able to download the videos, and audio versions of each module, to your computer or mobile device. If you are going to vacation in the mountains away from wifi, you can still get your 6 conformations fix! Want to learn while jogging? No problem. We give the information to you in whatever format works best for you – one of the many benefits of digital education.
There are drawbacks to digital learning – we work hard to transform them
One of the greatest things about taking a live, in-person course with other students is the interaction. Hearing others’ questions, being able to discuss things with the teacher, the synergy created by the group – all greatly enhance the material being delivered. We cannot magically transport to your location, but we have two major ways we try to bridge the digital gap.
First – you will also have access to the members-only course forums. These forums are simple and easy to use, and serve as a gathering place for all of the students and the teacher. You can introduce yourself, ask questions about the material, and even talk about unrelated topics – just as you would in a live class. The forums, of course, rely on participation by everyone to be a truly vital center of interaction. We look forward to your joining us there!
Second – You can also join Eric on periodic mentorship calls and have access to all previously recorded calls. In these calls, using diverse technology, you will be able to speak with and see the teacher as well as, sometimes, the other students. The calls are usually centered around a topic, with plenty of time for questions about the material in the course. You will have lifetime access to these calls for as long as they are being delivered. We record all of the previous calls so even if you cannot be there in person, you can still obtain the information.
The course is currently being submitted for NCCAOM CEU points – if you are interested in gaining credit for your participation in the course, please let us know as soon as possible after you register.