Dr. Arnaud Versluys – Canonical Chinese Medicine: A Case-Based Instruction on the Treatment of Auto-Immune Disorders using Canonical Formulas from the Shanghan Lun and Jingui Yaolue:
The clinical nature of the topic lends itself to a case-based delivery of the material. Dr. Versluys has for years exclusively been practicing the classical style of internal medicine as instructed in the Shanghan and the Jingui, and has amassed a great amount of experience in this field. In this course he will share this experience as it pertains to the classical herbal treatment of immune disorders such as Crohn’s Disease, Auto-immune Hepatitis, Scleroderma, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Polymyalgia Rheumatica, Lupus SLE, Raynaud’s phenomenon, Psoriatic Arthritis, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, etc.
The Shanghan Zabing Lun or the Treatise on Cold Damage and Complex Diseases is the original clinical manual in Chinese medicine. The original work was lost to the tooth of time, but most of its contents are preserved in two extant works called the Treatise on Cold Damage shanghan lun and the Concise Essentials of the Golden Cabinet jingui yaolue.
The Shanghan Lun instructs on the treatment of a variety of disorders that were triggered by external influences. The body’s external layers of defense were attacked by an atmospheric pathogenic influence which consecutively triggered a barrage of pathological changes. These pathological processes then unfolded in the body as time progressed and the true qi of the body weakened, ultimately leading to chronic and complex conditions. The Shanghan Lun primarily addresses the treatment of these initial stages of pathology when the channels are still obviously involved and when the disease can still be categorized along the six conformations.
The second half of the work, or the Jingui Yaolue, then teaches the treatment of complex diseases. This category of diseases can be seen as an extension to the cold damage disorders in that it often involves diseases that originally started on the surface but have now advanced so far that more than three conformations have been compromised pathologically. It also describes the treatment of a category of diseases that have originated from the inside of the body and are not externally contracted. Compared to cold damage, these diseases show an obvious absence of channel pathology while displaying predominantly organ and tissue dysfunction. These complex disorders can display both acute onsets and chronic processes.
- This course will present the participant with valuable clinical strategies while deepening the understanding of immune disorders from a classical perspective.
- This course will teach the participant to treat a wide variety of auto-immune disorders using classical herbal prescriptions