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Peter Eckman: Pulse Diagnosis Practicum

Monday, March 27, 2017 - 8:00am
Dr. Peter Eckman, MD, PhD, M.AC.
Continuing Education
Maryland University of Integrative Health
Alumni and Faculty Fee
Monday, Mar 27, 2017 8:00 am – 12:00 pm [PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE]
Monday, Mar 27, 2017 1:00 am – 3:00 pm [PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE]

Pulse Diagnosis Practicum for Determining Constitution and Condition

This one-day workshop will be open to any attendees of the two-day MUIH class, or other interested individuals, provided they have read The Compleat Acupuncturist.

As this will be a hands-on class, the theoretical basis for the different methods of diagnosis will not be presented, but will be taken as understood. Specific skills to be taught will include finger positions for cun, guan and chi (in both the yang and yin pulse methods), Constitutional pulse diagnosis as part of Korean Constitutional Acupuncture, Sa Sang Constitutional Medicine, the Six Energetic Levels from the Mai Jing and Ayurvedic Constitutional diagnosis. The Conditional diagnosis will be centered on the guidance from Chapter five of the Nan Jing, along with the technique of Carotid/Radial pulse diagnosis from the Nei Jing (Ren Ying Cun Kou) and Ayurvedic Conditional diagnosis. The detection of Possession (I.D.s and E.D.s) and Entry Exit blocks will be explained and demonstrated if they are found.

Class size will be limited so as to allow personal feedback for all participants. It is highly encouraged for everyone to practice these techniques with their classmates prior to being given feedback. Any unusual pulse findings will be shared with the whole class.


Dr. Peter Eckman, (M. D., Ph.D., M. Ac.) is a scholar and international lecturer in the fields of Chinese Medical Classics and Acupuncture.  He is well known for his 1996 book, a study of JR Worsley’s lineage and transmission, In the Footsteps of the Yellow Emperor; Tracing the History of Traditional Acupuncture. 

Dr. Eckman has been an acupuncturist for over 40 years in San Francisco where he still maintains an active clinical practice along with ongoing scholarly work in the field of acupuncture.  His most recent book, The Compleat Acupuncturist, is a guide to Constitutional and Conditional Pulse Diagnosis and a synthesis of his theoretical and clinical learning.   

Peter’s studies have included teachers from around the world:  Korean and Japanese masters, 10 years of periodic study with JR Worsley beginning in 1974, leaders of the French medical school of acupuncture and collaboration with Pere Larre,  just to name a few.  His eclectic curiosity broadens and enriches the 5 element traditions of acupuncture, synthesizing clinical approaches and ways of thinking that cross cultures.  While eclectic, Peter always returns to unity and coherence as he roots what he uncovers back into Classical medical thought and philosophy.  He was one of the first western practitioners to teach the unification of 5 elements and 8 principles in his book and course entitled: Closing the Circle, Lectures on the Unity of Traditional Oriental Medicine (1983).

His publications, too numerous to cite, range from:

The Book  of Changes in Traditional Oriental Medicine, to, Daoist Concepts of Alarm Points, to,  Traditional Chinese Medicine: Science or Pseudoscience:  A Response to Paul Unschuld.

Upon turning down a residency program in 1972, Peter wrote years later:  “I knew a career in conventional medical practice was not my life’s calling, but I needed to create some space in order to discover the path I have followed ever since.”  Peter has never stopped learning and growing and contributing a richness to his love for acupuncture and its role as a healing art.