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Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis 

Dragon Rises Seminars

4 day Introductory class (27 PDA's)

27 – 28 August, and 10 – 11 September, 2016

Australian College of Eastern Medicine
35AA Burwood Rd, Burwood

Please contact Harry Wu


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Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis (CCPD) is the modern interpretation of the Ding lineage pulse method originating in the Shanghai region of China and dated to c.15th century.

In the 1970’s it was taken to the USA by Dr John HF Shen OMD where over 30 years he further developed the system with Dr Leon Hammer MD. Based on their clinical experience they refined the technique by recording consistent pulse findings in patients that presented with the same problems. The resulting method allows access to a reliable source of diagnostic information that is relevant to our current times and modern diseases.

In learning this method students learn to evaluate the physiological and psychological state of their patients and detect situations of dysfunction that can lead to severe illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, malignancies and autoimmune diseases. During their collaboration Dr Hammer documented CCPD in the book Chinese Pulse Diagnosis, A Contemporary Approach. Classes taught by Dragon Rises Seminars are designed to be the practical accompaniment to this book.

Dragon Rises Seminars (DRS) DRS was founded to further pulse diagnosis teaching and understanding. Introductory and Intermediate levels are taught by certified instructors while the Advanced level is taught by Dr Hammer and looks to further evolve the work.  As effective instruction in pulse diagnosis requires much hands-on learning DRS classes include no more than 16 students. Visit for more information.

Introductory Workshop The Introductory workshop introduces the major concepts and methods of CCPD. Content is presented in ~40% lecture and 60% hands-on format and a 90-page manual is provided as a resource for students. Information gained over the four days is practical and ready for use in the clinic. For a more complete understanding of CCPD, students may consult Chinese Pulse Diagnosis, A Contemporary Approach or the Handbook of Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis.

The first part of the workshop introduces this method of pulse evaluation. Lecture covers CCPD history, methodology and innovative theories for evaluating and treating the Heart and cardiovascular system. Practical component includes demonstration of the:
  • 3 depths – qi, blood, organ
  • Calibration of depths with students
  • 6 principle positions
  • 22 complementary positions
  • Waveforms and qualities
The later stages revises depths, positions and qualities clarifying those that are commonly confused. Lecture covers Dr Shen’s Heart patterns, retained pathogens and stability, as well as interpretation and integration of pulse information. Finally students evaluate a classmate’s pulse and a case is presented. On completion you will be able to complete a pulse evaluation and interpret and integrate these findings with information from the other diagnostic methods.

Why Pulse Diagnosis? The pulse reveals a patient’s physiological, psychological and constitutional state as well as life habits. It provides a reliable assessment of mental/emotional conditions and becomes a relatively objective finding when patients do not report sensitive or difficult issues, or are unaware of their condition. The pulse exhibits subtle changes before the manifestation of these become apparent in the person’s health. This is useful when monitoring the expected course of treatment or implementing preventative measures.

With skill pulse diagnosis can provide a dependable source of information. Gaining competency in understanding the message conveyed, and correlating this with details gained from other methods of investigation improves accuracy of diagnoses. This allows the formulation and administration of more targeted plans of treatment.

Dr Karen Bilton, PhD is a senior instructor for Dragon Rises Seminars and has worked in the medical field since 1988. She is registered to practice acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and physiotherapy within Australia and the USA.
Karen has been practicing Oriental medicine since 1993 including 14 years in the USA. She has studied with Leon Hammer MD, Jeffrey Yuen, Lonny Jarrett, and Chinese herbal medicine under Andrew Gamble. Karen is a member of AACMA; a NCCAOM Diplomate of Acupuncture, Chinese Herbology and an NCCAOM accredited provider of continuing education. She has taught in undergraduate programs, published articles in peer reviewed journals, presented at conferences (in Australia, New Zealand and USA) and completed her research PhD evaluating the reliability of CCPD.
Starting her study of CCPD in 1998, Karen has over 600 hours under the direct guidance of Dr Hammer MD and maintains her advanced studies in Florida. She also co-edited the recent publication Handbook of Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis with Dr Hammer.

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