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CANCELED: Peter Eckman: Pulse Diagnosis Practicum

Monday, November 06, 2017 - 9:00am
Peter Eckman, M. D., Ph.D., M. Ac
Continuing Education
Maryland University of Integrative Health
MUIH Alumni, Faculty and Students
General Public
Monday, Nov 6, 2017 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Note: This one-day workshop has been canceled.

Peter Eckman will also present the two-day workshop, Constitution and Condition: Classical Perspectives and Clinical Applications on Saturday, November 4 and Sunday, November 5. You must register separately for this program. 

Pulse Diagnosis is a unique assessment tool for an acupuncturist. This workshop will expand your understanding of what you sense at your fingertips and how you interpret that. This will be a hands-on workshop and assumes that participants have an understanding of the theoretical basis for the different methods of diagnosis. Specific skills 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
  • Ayurvedic Constitutional diagnosis
  • Five Element theory and pulse diagnosis

The Conditional diagnosis will be centered on the guidance from Chapter five of the Nan Jing and 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.


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. 

Eckman has been an acupuncturist for more than 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.   

Eckman’s has studied with many luminaries in the field  include Korean and Japanese masters, 10 years of periodic study with JR Worsley beginning in 1974, leaders of the French medical school of acupuncture and collaborations with Pere Larre. His eclectic curiosity broadens and enriches the Five Element tradition of acupuncture, synthesizing clinical approaches and ways of thinking that cross cultures. While eclectic, Eckman 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 Five Elements and Eight Principles in his book and course entitled: Closing the Circle, Lectures on the Unity of Traditional Oriental Medicine (1983).

His many notable publications include:

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

Upon turning down a medical residency program in 1972, Eckman 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.” He has never stopped learning and growing and contributes a richness to the field through his love for acupuncture and its role as a healing art.