Shenzhou Open University of TCM

Shenzhou Open University of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Essential points for the diagnosis of Zang Fu Syndromes differentiation
December 13, 2014
Seminar Cosmetic Acupuncture  at Shenzhou Open University of TCM
美容针灸讲座 (双语)
December 13, 2014


Shen and the treatment of psychological disorders

Accreditation NVA AT, ZHONG Cat. 1, VBAG, NWP, VNT
Duration Thursday and Friday from 10 am – 17 pm.
Dates 12th and  13th of December 2019
Lecturer Dr. Yair Maimon, OMD PhD Ac.
Address Geldersekade 67, 1011 EK, Amsterdam

€ 300,- including coffee/tea 

Student discount*:
Shenzhou student: 15% 
External TCM student 5%
(Limited places available for students) *please see the payment and registration conditions for seminars in the registration form

Language English
The course is suitable for the following levels of experience:

  1. TCM therapists 
  2. Last year TCM students
The number of participants is limited: A maximum of 40 and a minimum of 15 participants are able to attend.

Seminar description:

“The acupuncturist goes all the way to the origin of the patient’s life, to the place where the spirit is rooted, to ben shen.”( rooted in the spirit)

This presentation deals primarily with something which we often see in the clinic, that is, psychological problems, such as depression, anxiety, and phobia.  Patients come to us with various manifestations of their suffering which are not only physical.

In Chinese medicine there is an inherent understanding of the body mind and spirit as a single unit, which is directed by the heart and the shen.

All psychological disorders are rooted in the shen or in some aspects of the shen. Traumas, and especially childhood traumas, are affecting the ability of the heart to connect to our inner most.

If we want to help the patient to see his inner strength, we need carefully, to find the hidden places, using Chinese medical diagnosis tools such as: observing the patients eyes and complexion. Listening carefully to his wishes, identifying his strength, and then we see the pain and suffering, too. for example a person that is angry all the time and blames every one for his depression, has at the same time the inner beauty of the Hun’s capacity to create, imagine and be full of compassion.

Many acupuncture points and old texts give us a clear idea of how to turn liver’s stagnation and depression to hope and creative powers.

In Ling Shu Chapter 8 it says: “For every needling, the method is above all, not to miss the rooting of the spirit”. This is a vital message for every practitioner of TCM but what is the best way to “root the spirit”?

 The 7 emotions, 5 wills, 3 Hun. Shen and Po give us clues to diagnose and treat what we define as psychological disorders.

In this workshop there will be presentation of clinical cases, new approach to diagnosis and a clinical decision making process which helps analyzing the “Rooting of the Spirit” and successfully treat psychological disorders.

Acupuncture for treatment of the Shen and psychological problems:

There are few types of treatment that have an outstanding effect on this type of disorders:

  • Ancient point prescription, such as treating aggressive energy (Xie Qi).
  • Special approach, using special points such as windows of the sky.
  • Points which are directed to treat the patient core and strength.
  • Using a single point will bring about a fast and dramatic cure and allow the patient’s Shen to shine through.

Topics in the presentation:

  • New Chinese medical approach to psychological traumas and how to treat them.
  • More accurate understanding of the patients constitution which will help to arrive at a more concise and precise therapeutic plan.
  • Better understanding of the spirits role in: past experience, prenatal experiences, parents influence, traumas from childhood and other traumas.
  • Detailed presentation of clinical cases which illustrate a diagnosis and treatment plan that can be easily understood and applied in the clinic.
  • Actual cases with visual presentation including pictures. In addition live demonstration with audience participation will be employed.
  • Clear approach to treatment of trauma and understanding of GUI.
  • The role of the Shen, Hun and Po and the emotions as seen in depression, phobia, anxiety attack, O.C.D (obsessive compulsive disorders).
  • Deeper understanding of function of points (e.g. GB 13 “ben Shen” root of the spirit)
  • The usage of:  13 ghost points of Sun Si-Miao, windows of the sky, aggressive energy treatment, dragon points and more.
  • Special one needle technique.
  • Ancient Chinese medical texts dealing with psychological disorders.

Course structure:

Day 1 – theory and presentation of clinical cases.

  • discussion on diagnosis and treatment of psychological problems

Day 2 – choice of acupuncture points, treatment plan

  • Live clinical cases to be diagnosed in class. Live hands on experience.

This workshop provides effective clinical tools to any practitioner of TCM allowing faster and better cure. It will make you see your patients in a completely different way.


About the lecturer:

Yair Maimon is an internationally renowned figure in the field of Integrative and Chinese Medicine with over 30 years of clinical, academic, and research experience in the United States, Europe, and Israel.

Yair Maimon integrates complementary and western medicine in his own unique way. He combines a vast background of TCM styles with a wide clinical and teaching experience. His teaching is clear and inspiring.

He heads an integrative research center in one of leading Hospitals in Israel.  He has developed a special insight in diagnosis and treatment of variety of psychological, autoimmune disorders and cancer, which is coming from a deep understanding of the application of Chinese medicine to ease suffering and promote healing. He had published several research articles relating to acupuncture and herbal medicine. 

He was privileged to study personally with some of the best teachers, all around the world. Graduated from schools in England, Holland, U.S.A and China, Dr. Maimon practices and have been trained in different methods of Chinese medicine such as: “5 Elements”, TCM, Stems and Branches, Japanese Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal medicine, and studies of ancient texts. This also includes postgraduate specialization in:  Pediatrics, gynecology and oncology.

Currently,  Yair Maimon is the director of  Tal Center- integrative cancer research center, institute of oncology – Sheba hospital; Head of the Israeli center for research in complementary medicine (NPO). Chairman of the International Congress of Chinese Medicine (ICCM). 
Head of “Refuot” integrative medical center.

Former: Dean and Co-founder of the largest TCM collage in Israel: “Medi-Cin”. Director of a program in Chinese medicine for medical doctors at Bar Ilan University. Lecturer of Medical Psychology at Tel Aviv University. Head of the complementary medicine unit at the Tel Aviv hospital,  while involved in research and  treatments of hospitalized and out-patients.