Explore Classical Roots and Current Practice

Celebrating the vision of Dr. Wang Ju Yi


Welcome to East West College in the UK, provider of continuing professional development courses (CPD).
Based in Farnham (Surrey) we specialise in short courses for Acupuncturists, and practitioners of Shiatsu and Chinese medicine. We teach online and in-person. Practical courses mostly take place in Farnham, Surrey, and we have also offered a qigong residential in Oxfordshire, and courses in different locations such as Reading, or Edinburgh, Rugby and Lancashire on request.

Current Courses 2024 - 2025 Online and In-Person

Core subjects are pulse diagnosis, channel theory, and tuina:

- Mai Jing A-B-C Pulse Diagnosis is based on the Mai Jing pulse classic. This course has a book written by Jamie Hamilton as course material.

- Applied Channel Theory based on the teachings of Dr Wang Ju-Yi. As well as introductory courses, we have been inviting guest tutors to teach more advanced courses in this subject since 2017.

- Tuina and Advanced bodywork. In 2024 we are launching a new Diploma of Tuina and Advanced Bodywork jointly taught by Nick Lowe and Jamie Hamilton which will start in November.

Other subjects and specialist seminars:

How to Treat Painful Conditions in Acupuncture Practice. 1 day course

Open Tutorial including "free needling" and palpation practice. Half day course.

Where? Most of our in-person courses are based in Farnham, Surrey. Farnham is on the South West Trains line from Waterloo, and the journey takes 1 hour. For accommodation, we could recommend the Bush Hotel, the Premier Inn or AirBnB. If you need any help arranging your stay, please get in touch for advice.

International teaching: In 2023, Jamie Hamilton taught his Mai Jing pulse diagnosis method at SIEAM in Seattle, USA. In 2024, at Chiway, Winterthur, Switzerland, and this event will be repeated there again in 2025.

Jamie Hamilton Acupuncture Practitioner

Innovative CPD

An essential aspect of the theory and practice we teach is that of Classical channel theory, presenting these key concepts in both a theoretical and practical manner...

- We explore Applied Channel Theory as taught by Dr Wang Ju-Yi, with introductory as well as advanced courses.

- Another focus of study is effective pulse diagnosis as described in the Mai Jing taught by co-Principal Jamie Hamilton, whose book on this subject Essential Pulse Diagnosis in Chinese Medicine: Mai Jing ABC Method was published in April 2022.

We have been delighted to welcome guest tutors to teach their specialisms for us:

- Advanced online workshops on Applied Channel Theory with Jonathan Chang and Jason Robertson - apprentices of Dr Wang Ju-Yi.

Alongside our regular offerings on the pulse and Applied Channel Theory, on 4-6 May, we are hosting an advanced level 3 day workshop with Dr Jonathan Chang in Farnham (currently sold out).

This year we look forward to an exciting new Diploma of Tuina and Advanced Bodywork jointly taught by Nick Lowe and Jamie Hamilton starting in November 2024. This will take place in Exeter, Devon.

Course Testimonials:

"Enjoyable, articulate and inspiring, I would recommend Jamie's 'Mai Jing Pulse Diagnosis' to almost every acupuncturist I know". Jonathan C-W, Edinburgh. May 2019
"Very interesting to have more ways to analyse a pulse in a practical way". Kirsten S, Falkirk. May 2019
"This Applied Channel Theory course with Michael Phoenix has been the most relaxed, enjoyable and informative course I have ever been on. The combination of theory and practical brought things alive. I have learnt lots of new techniques to take back to clinic and I know I will have good results. A totally brilliant 3 days". Nov 2018
" Studying shiatsu at East West College has been a joy. Jamie is an excellent, enthusiastic and inspiring tutor and the charming setting of the Tatami Room is the perfect tranquil location for learning and practising Shiatsu. Acquiring the skills to be able to make a difference to an individual’s well-being has given me a refreshingly new outlook on life." Sue, Oxford 2012

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Co-Principal : Jamie Hamilton LicAc LicCCH BSc MBAcC

Jamie Hamilton became interested in Chinese medicine on travelling from Hong Kong to West China in 1987, when after a cycling accident he received treatment from a blind Chinese Medical practitioner (doctor) who read his pulse and treated him with acupressure and herbal medicine. In 1988 he began a Shiatsu training with Macrobiotics at the East West Centre in London, studying with Rex Lascale, John Sandifer and Bill Tara. After originally qualifing in Sustainable Agriculture in the early 1990's he made a career change to study a Diploma in Therapeutic Massage with the Maitri Foundation in Stroud in the year 2000. In the same year returning to study Shiatsu with Chris Jarmey and George Dellar at the European Shiatsu School in Marlborough. Jamie graduated and became a ‘Big T’ (MRSS (T)) whilst also studying the Six Divisions with Tim Mulvagh of Classically Based Shiatsu.

Jamie went on to train as an Acupuncturist at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in Reading. Graduating in 2013 he joined the British Acupuncture Council (MBAcC). Jamie’s other training has been in Shiatsu Facelift, Cosmetic Facial acupuncture and Fertility Acupuncture. He is a Yoga teacher (a graduate from the Mount Madonna Institute in California), as well as a Shodan grade Instructor of Shintaido. He has completed his apprenticeship in Chinese Herbs with the Jing Fang Apprenticeship with Frances Turner.

East West College was founded in 2009 in Farnham to teach a three-year Diploma of Shiatsu. In 2012, with Fugaku Ito and Nicole Beauvois of Anma France, East West College organised a two Diploma of Anma at East West College, and workshops on Japanese Sotai techniques for releasing muscular tension. Jamie's teaching on pulse diagnosis is based on the Chinese classic 'The Mai Jing', uncovering new aspects of diagnosis. Jamie's new book (out on 23 April 2022) is entitled 'Essential Pulse Diagnosis in Chinese Medicine' outlines this teaching method. He is also our main tutor for the introductory course: 'Fundamentals of Applied Channel Theory.'

Guest tutors 2023-2025

Dr. Jonathan Chang TCM Doctor

Jonathan Chang graduated from the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine in 2012 with a degree in Chinese Medicine. From 2008 to 2017 he studied with Wang Ju-yi in Beijing, and was Dr. Wang’s full-time assistant at the Wang Ju-yi Applied Channel Theory Research Center and Clinic from 2012-2017.  He helped compile Wang Ju-yi’s Applied Channel Theory ClinicalCase Studies (2014). Along with Mei Li, he is working on an English translation of this book, which will be published by Eastland Press. He was also one of the main contributors to Dr. Wang’s An Introduction to Applied Channel Theory (2016). In August 2013, he was recognized by the Beijing Administration of Traditional ChineseMedicine, Beijing Acupuncture and Moxibustion Association and Wang Ju-yi as an apprentice and official instructor of Applied Channel Theory. In 2015, he was recognized as one of Wang Ju-yi’s indoor apprentices. Jonathan is originally from Canada, but has lived in China since 2002. He currently works at the Ling Lan TCM clinic in Beijing and is an instructor at the Wang Ju-yi Applied Channel Theory Research Center.  He has been teaching Applied Channel Theory in China and abroad since 2013.

Dr Chang has been teaching at East West College since 2021: firstly a popular series of workshops online on Dr Wang's Applied Channel Theory clinical cases and Insights from the Clinic of Dr Wang, and most recently a three-day in-person workshop entitled Palpation and Clinical Internship.

Dr. Jason Robertson DAHM MS EAMP

Jason D. Robertson is the co-author of 'Applied Channel Theory in Chinese Medicine (Eastland Press, 2008) with his teacher Professor Wang Ju-yi (王居易)". Dr. Robertson has studied Chinese language for 25 years and Chinese medicine in Chengdu and Beijing. He currently maintains a private practice in Seattle, USA and is a full-time faculty member at the Seattle Institute of East Asian Medicine (www.siom.edu). In 2013 he was recognized by the Beijing Administration of Chinese Medicine as an official apprentice of Professor Wang Ju-yi. In 2018, he completed doctoral research on clinical reasoning in East Asian medicine and traditional means of information transmission.  

Dr. Robertson has taught courses on channel theory and diagnosis around the world and we are grateful that he has taught a three-day workshop for East West College on three occasions: November 2019, October 2021 and November 2023.

Nick Lowe MSc MBAcC

Nick Lowe is passionate about using tuina in clinic, with over 11 years of clinical experience. He has undertaken clinical training in the UK, USA and China. For the last five years Nick has been practicing theApplied Channel Theory approach as taught by Dr Wang Ju Yi. He uses a practical ‘hands-on’ approach with an emphasis on palpation, physical assessment andin-clinic testing. Nick most commonly works with sports injuries, musculoskeletal and neuropathic pain, while in his Masters degree he focussed on acupuncture for mental health and anxiety. He is also an active acupuncture researcher and combines his use of traditional techniques and skills with acomprehensive understanding of modern anatomy, pathology and the latestscientific research. He jointly developed the ACU-Track Clinical Registry tohelp standardise the reporting of real-world patient outcomes in acupuncture practice.  He has been awarded a Junior Research Scholarship from the Society for Acupuncture Research (SAR) and has presented regularly at professional conferences.

Jamie Hamilton Acupuncture Practitioner


East-West College was set up as a shiatsu school in 2009 and ran several rounds of Diploma courses in Shiatsu and Anma before becoming a specialist provider of CPD courses for the acupuncture profession.


East West College began teaching a 3-year shiatsu diploma in 2009, and subsequently ran two 18-month Anma Diploma courses and Sotai workshops, Wu-style Tai Chi with Fugaku Ito, organised Yang Style Tai Chi classes with Debbie Heaney and now focusses on CPD for acupuncturists and shiatsu practitioners. See our Past Courses page for more info.

Co-Principals: Jamie Hamilton & Carina Hamilton

Teaching in Farnham takes place in a variety of venues, depending on tutorial or course size:

At East West College, Farnham
Museum of Farnham Garden Gallery

  In central Edinburgh

Our residential in Oxfordshire for the last two years has been at Charney Manor:

Charney Manor, Charney Bassett

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