Endocrinology in Chinese Medicine

Disruptions in the endocrine system are becoming increasingly common. Many people who seek help from acupuncturists have an endocrine dysfunction and it is often necessary that the practitioner translate this disorder into Chinese medical terms.  Paradoxically, the endocrine system is not recognized in classical Chinese medicine yet it is the most synergistic system in biomedicine and therefore shares some important similarities with Chinese medical physiology.  

The study of the endocrine system invites us to look beyond the 12 primary channels and Zang Fu theory to the deepest structures and most mysterious functions of the Chinese medical body.  In particular, we will examine the role of the Eight Extraordinary Vessels and the Divergent Channels in regulating hormonal changes.  We will also study the relationship of the Qi Fu/Curious Fu to the endocrine glands and the role of the San Jiao as the mechanisms of homeostasis.  Additionally, we will explore the structure and function of Gao Huang in the immuno-endocrine system.

This course will provide:

  • Treatment strategies for common endocrine malfunctions of the thyroidadrenalsovariespancreas pituitary-hypothalamus
  • Special focus on treating with the Eight Extraordinary Vessels
  • Treatments based on the Curious Fu
  • Treatments using the Divergent Channels

Participants will be able to translate endocrine disorders into a comprehensive Chinese medical diagnosis and develop complex treatment strategies using acupuncture and herbal medicine.


11 CEU/PDA NCCAOM pending


Saturday, Apr. 28 - Sunday, Apr. 29, 2018

10:00 am - 5:00 pm


Hilton Garden Inn
Columbia, MD

Herbs, Consciousness and Resonance: "Medicine/Yi is Intention/Yi."

In Chinese, the terms for "medicine/yi" and "intention/yi" are closely linked. This linguistic relationship gives us insight into a profound inner connection between healing and consciousness. Plants, like people, have levels of consciousness. Herbal medicine utilizes these various aspects of a given plant for engaging complex and lasting healing, beyond what can simply be understood through phytochemistry. Viewed in their wholeness, the capacity of plants as teachers is opened. The "faculty of intention" gives us access to understanding and utilizing plants more fully as both practitioner and patient.

See Evan's lecture at Building Bridges 2016 in Reston, VA.