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Channel Theory: An Overview of the Secondary Vessels


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The objective of this course is to expose practitioners to the basic concepts of channel Theory in an effort to deepen the therapeutic effects of acupuncture and expand clinical tools. We will endeavor to convey the richness and profound impact of acupuncture beyond the primary meridians. Practitioners will receive a general overview of the secondary vessels, their functions and their indications for use.

This course will teach the concept of “channel’ + in traditional Chinese medicine, and explain why the primary meridians are not enough to treat many disease processes. This course will discuss the morphology and flow of the qi in the channels, the types of qi (wei, ying and yuan), the Huang Gao, Cou Li and the San Jiao.

1. An introduction to Channel Theory

2. Morphology and flow of qi in the channels

3. Overview of secondary vessels: sinew channels, luo-collaterals, divergents and the 8 extras

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Dr. Farrell has been involved in helping others to restore balance in their lives for 24 years. In 1996, she graduated from Emperor’s College with a Master’s in Chinese Medicine. She has been in private practice since 1997. She was a member of the faculty at Emperor’s College for 13 years. In addition to her faculty duties at Emperor’s, Yvonne was also a clinical supervisor.

Specializing in the use of the Secondary Vessels in treatment, Yvonne has been teaching channel theory to students for many years. She has developed proficiency with these systems because she feels they are very effective in the treatment of psycho-emotional and psycho-spiritual disorders.

Yvonne directs her teaching towards the empowerment of students with the hope that they will embody the spiritual aspects of Chinese Medicine and make them their own. She believes that self-cultivation & self-knowledge are essential in developing capacity as a practitioner of Chinese Medicine. To that end, she has also been on the leadership teams of many spiritual retreats and self-empowerment workshops.

In addition to teaching in the master’s programs of two schools, Dr. Farrell has been teaching CEU courses for several years. Her courses are lively¸ informative and clinically relevant. She is very passionate about the medicine and that is apparent in her teaching.

Yvonne received her doctoral degree (DAOM) from Emperor’s College in 2007. In 2009-2010 Yvonne was the Director of a team that was responsible for getting Yo San University’s first DAOM program up and running.

Although she has a general practice, her specialties include the treatment of psycho-emotional disorders or stress induced illness.

$199.95 USD

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Course Reviews

Yvonne is such an excellent teacher. She's incredibly clear and brings the information from the theoretical to the practical via great case studies. Her use of archetypes really helps me understand the information and drives the knowledge home. ~ Alexandra

What a wealth of information! The material was well presented with enthusiasm, expertise and humility…my favorite combination! I look forward to continued studies with Yvonne and accessing her knowledge through the on-line mentor program. Thank you! ~ Lillian

Insightful course.

I would like more time spend on clinical application for 8 extras

Good introduction. More classes with in-depth presentations would be nice.

Excellent course and instruction

I am pleased that the 8 Extraordinary Vessels are being presented in a therapeutic context. It makes them more accessible in practice.

Found the course quite helpful

I learned lots of new information that was never presented to me in school.

Yvonne Farrell demonstrated a good working knowledge of the material and presented the very clearly.