Root of Life: The Eight Extra-ordinary Vessels - Qi, Chong Mai, Blood Stasis in Gynecology, & Yang Qiao Mai Regulation(TCM-09ROOT000)

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Study material with CEUs or PDAs $ 175.00
Study materials only without CEUs/PDAs $ 55.00
Audience Acupuncturists
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Credits 7.5
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Instructor: Giovanni Maciocia. 7.5 PDAs approved for LAc NCCAOM PDAs. This package contains 7 audio CDs and a copy of the presenter's handouts on CD.

This seminar was originally recorded at Bastyr University in October 2009.

The eight extra-ordinary vessels are an important and essential component of the channel system in acupuncture. No acupuncturist can treat without knowledge of the extra-ordinary vessels. They provide a deeper level of treatment for complex conditions and are the link between the pre-natal and post-natal qi. Far from being secondary vessels as they are sometimes called, they in fact determine the development of the main channels from the moment of conception.

The extra-ordinary vessels are very effective for a wide variety of physical and mental disorders and often provide a breakthrough in the treatment of chronic and complicated conditions. The treatment of gynaecological conditions would be impossible without an understanding of the extra-ordinary vessels.

Giovanni Maciocia has made a special study of the extra-ordinary vessels over 25 years of practice and will present his experiences and special point combinations.

We will discuss in detail the following (only for the Du, Ren and Chong Mai):

  • Pathways
  • Physiology
  • Pathology
  • Treatment and point combinations
  • Diagnostic symptoms and signs including pulses

Course Notes

Post-course quiz must be completed with a score of 75 percent or higher to receive CEUs.


Giovanni Maciocia is one of the most highly respected practitioners of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine in Europe and the United States. Originally from a medical family in Italy, he trained in England at the International College of Oriental Medicine. He attended three postgraduate courses in acupuncture in China at the Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and in 1996, was appointed visiting professor there. Maciocia is the author of Tongue Diagnosis in Chinese Medicine; The Foundations of Chinese Medicine; The Practice of Chinese Medicine; and Diagnosis in Chinese Medicine; and Obstetrics and Gynecology in Chinese Medicine, which have become textbooks for all major acupuncture colleges in the world.

In 1996 Maciocia produced 26 formulas for gynecological complaints (the Women's Treasure), the first line of Chinese herbal formulas dedicated exclusively to women's health problems. In 2000, he created seven new formulas to add to the Three Treasures collection and one new Women's Treasure formula.