Past Courses

This page records some of the training courses and CPD offered since 2012.

most recently finished....

Three days - Palpation and Clinical 'Internship' with Jonathan Chang

£450        in Farnham on 4 - 6 May 2024

Just completed! The objective for this course was to provide participants who have completed introductory courses on Applied Channel Theory with a three day in-person class that re-creates the experience of interning in Professor Wang Ju-yi’s clinic. Apprenticeship inDr. Wang’s clinic involved constant practice of channel palpation and point locations, with clinical observation and discussion of the day’s cases.

The main goal of the course will be due to refine the participants’ clinical thinking skills according to Dr. Wang’s approach through live clinical cases. Theories of channel differentiation and channel selection will be discussed, which is essentially the analysis and integration of information derived from the patient’s symptom pattern and findings from channel examination. Further discussion on channel qi transformation theory will help in carry out this kind of analysis.

During the course, patients will be treated to see how these principles are applied in a live clinical setting. Each part of the clinical diagnosis will be analyzed and discussed, step by step. The entire system of ACT from channel theory, channel examination, channel differentiation, channel selection, point selection and point locations will be discussed for each case. In this way, clinical thinking according to ACT will be emphasized, which will help students gain a better rasp of this system.

Mastery of applied channel theory involves a combination of an understanding of channel theory with the skills of palpation of both channels and points. One aspect that was missing with the online classes was to ensure correct palpation of channels and points. Itis important that  students are using the proper palpation technique and are also feeling for the channels and points in the right locations. One other goal of this course is that by the end of the course, through constant practice and review, participants will have greatly improved their palpation techniques.  

During the course, review of palpation of the 12 main channels, du vessel and abdomen will be covered. Location of the main points used for each treatment will also be practised.  

In essence, this will be an intensive course on Applied Channel Theory, with the main objective of training participants to achieve higher mastery of this system, and to build confidence in their clinical application of ACT.

Photo credit: Jonathan Chang

Advanced Applied Channel Theory with Jason Robertson

Price £450                  in Farnham on 9-11 November 2023       3 Days          

This three-day seminar in Farnham will present an in-depth advanced practice of Applied Channel Theory based around the Command Points and their usage in relation to point combinations. It relates to chapters in Jason’s book No. 16 & 17. There will be plenty of practicals and hands on.

Jason's experience as an apprentice of Dr Wang Ju-Yi in Beijing and his busy practice in Seattle will inform the teaching. The theory behind what is now called 'applied channel theory', based on his book of the same name, will underly the clinical reasoning. Prior to the in-person event we will also be offering an online lecture.

The course is only available to graduates who have already completed a previous Applied Channel Theory foundation course (either at East West College or elsewhere).

Venue: Farnham Maltings

Our venue at Farnham Maltings is situated a 5 minute walk from Farnham Station (from London Waterloo it is 1 hr on the train / 45 mins from London Heathrow by taxi).

Testimonials from 2023
A fantastic 3-day seminar (Diving Deeper into Point Categories) which has been very educational and very inspiring - so many useful nuggets and practical information - opening up a deeper way to work. Thank you so much. Paul Chedgey, Nov. '23
It's always so well organised with care, passion and love. Damian Allegretti, Nov. '23
Exciting and engaging courses with depth and detail. Clark Stevens, Nov. '23

Testimonials from 2021

This was a great course with a good balance between theory and practical. I especially enjoyed the practicals where we were encouraged to be very precise in our point location and needling techniques. There was always someone available to guide us. Jason was very ready to answer questions and engage in discussions. I look forward to his next visit. Catriona Jennings / Oct '21
Jason Robertson's understanding is deep and complete, it is a pleasure to have the opportunity to watch him palpate and needle. Insightful and profound. Cintain Quintana / October '21
Jason is a truly excellent teacher and the course was really well managed. Andrew Burton / Oct '21

Testimonials from 2019:

'Revelatory 10/10, actually even better - 12/10'. Gaenor F-S
'It will take my practice to the next level....My practice had benefitted massively from these workshops. It's been a difficult transition to try to only use a lead point pair, but it has made me think more carefully about diagnosis and what I want to achieve with the treatment. Jason's mantra of "is it stuck or is it moving?" and "is it really deficiency or just stagnation?" are my key words in clinic. Knowing how to identify where a channel actually lies should be acupuncture 101 when taught at BSc level, but surprisingly isn't and knowing how to identify an actual point by feeling the channel and finding the space is a lightbulb experience. Knowing I can get deqi on every point has given me confidence to really limit my needles - 2 well placed point pairs with deqi are I now think far more therapeutic than 10 needles in anatomical location..'. Martine Duma    
'Fantastic course, inspirational'. Anne-Marie Gabriel

A Monthly Series: In-depth Clinical Cases (Advanced level)

Online with Jonathan Chang  Jan 2022 - April 2023

12 months / £80 for one or £220 for three

We have just finished this 12 part series with Dr Jonathan Chang, where he has explained Dr Wang's clinical cases from his case studies book (the Chinese edition). We covered fifteen topics from the most relevant chapters on Respiratory and Circulatory cases to Gynaecology and Anxiety-Depression. Jonathan described the different physiological systems and relevant pathologies together with what are the common channel changes, simple symptom patterns, common point pairs and clear cases with pertinent discussions.

The classes were a follow on from our introductory course to help understand the clinical thinking of Dr Wang Ju-Yi and the application of the theory.

We covered the following:

Respiratory (Cough)

Gastro-Intestinal Disorders

Circulatory System; A Lung Cancer Case

Urinary Tract and Sweating

Nervous system, including Bells Palsy and Shingles




Joint Pain

Low Back Pain


Anxiety and Depression ('Constraint')

Important Notice: Prior to attending an advanced series, it is important to have completed a two-day introductory in-person workshop first. Jonathan's engaging and direct style of teaching using diagrams and online writing tools make for an enjoyable and productive learning outcome.


I have attended many seminars and teaching of Chinese Medicine. Jonathan's teaching is for me the most relevant to my clinical practice not only because of the system he is teaching but also the way he unreservedly shares his knowledge and experience to fellow practitioners. Orly Barziv
Clear, well-organised and informal style of teaching. Content is inspiring and clinically helpful. Jonathan is really good at presenting Dr Wang's case studies systematically in a way that really helps to understand Dr Wang's clinical reasoning. The organization of these courses is excellent. Very happy I signed up for all the classes and looking forward to the next ones. Monique Staring
I just finished watching Jonathan Chang's first monthly webinar on Dr. Wang's clinical cases (this first one is on coughs), and it's such a fantastic learning tool. I couldn't make the live webinar last 28 January (because I always work on Fridays), but I've been plugging away at watching the videos. I wasn't sure at first if Ishould register for the course because I knew I wouldn't be able to participate in the live webinar. But it doesn't matter because the case discussion allows me to review Dr Wang's channel physiology and look at how to apply the pointpairs in real cases. Jon has an engaging teaching style, and I very much like how he remembers how Dr Wang approached cases, and of course the reasoning behind the treatments. A real bonus is the clear explanation of Dr Wang's point location, which sometimes differs from the textbook location. Tess Lugos
10/10 : Great as always. The case about Lung Cancer was really helpful to see Dr Wang's thinking process in a complex case like that. Damian Allegretti
It was such a great opportunity to not only deepen my knowledge on physiology and pathology, but as I said before, to also grasp the thinking process of one of the most important contemporary Chinese medicine practitioners: (the late) Dr Wang Ju -Yi. Damian Allegretti, May 2023
The course In-depth Cases Studies with Jonathan Chang offers a wonderful opportunity to learn about the application of applied channel theory (ACT). It goes far beyond the ACT book by Jason Robertson and looks over Dr Wang's clinical shoulder to treat patients with various ailments through ACT. Jonathan Chang's structured approach facilitates access immensely. I can therefore recommend the course without any ifs and buts. This is especially true for colleagues who already use channel palpation in practice and need more theoretical tools to differentiate between different complaints.

Shiatsu Skills for Acupuncture Practitioners. 3 Days

Jamie Hamilton MRSS(T) Lic.Ac. MBAcC / Dates in 2014, 2017, 2019, 2022

Shiatsu is a Japanese bodywork style that offers acupuncturists a great way of extending our practice into bodywork. We meet the body and meridians of the patient in a completely new way, opening channels and points with stretches and different styles of pressure. Shiatsu is a bona fide method of working the qi that has impressive results! Additionally the addition of shiatsu to an acupuncture treatment can provide patients with a greater sense of nurture and wellbeing.

This ultra-practical intensive course explains and develops both the theory and practice of Shiatsu. A useful sequence of shiatsu bodywork to treat the neck and shoulders, and a and useful supine and prone sequence will be presented along with and understanding of the effective treatment of channels and points with acupressure allowing you to give a very reasonable, effective treatment to your patients. All together this course will allow you to understand and treat the channels in a new way as compared to standard acupuncture, both enhancing your current practice and possibly creating new lines of treatment. Most Shiatsu in Britain is practised on a futon, but our course teaches Shiatsu on a couch, so that you can apply this useful technique easily during your Acupuncture treatments. Eligibility: Suitable for Acupuncture Practitioners and 3rd year students.


The aim of the course is to teach you a method of bodywork that complements your acupuncture practice. The intention is that it can be used in addition to ordinary acupuncture needling and moxa.

This is not a replacement for learning Shiatsu in full as that should be learnt as a full diploma. It will give you some of the tools to help you know more about Shiatsu, help you integrate Shiatsu and perhaps give you a taste for learning Shiatsu in full in the future.

“Being an acupuncturist I felt drawn to Shiatsu , which I believe fits in so well with Acupuncture. I was struggling to find a suitable course as most of the colleges offered acupuncture for shiatsu practitioners, but not the other way around. Luckily, I came across the East West College website,  who offer just what I was looking for. The class was small, which allowed time for extra questions and support, and the college had a nice atmosphere and peaceful surroundings.
Jamie is such an enthusiastic teacher and his three family shiatsu method fits in so well with acupuncture. I would highly recommend this course to any acupuncturist who wish to learn a new way of looking at points and channels.”
Suzi B.
Sue H.: "I learned so much more than just treating neck, back and shoulders; I enjoyed learning opening the channel & energy direction, plus how to treat sciatic pain".                                                                                                                                            
Elaine H: "I would thoroughly recommend studying here; it's tailored to your needs, very informative, and Jamie a very good source of information and a great teacher".

Loved the course and Jamie's teaching style. The content is rich. I feel I have added some great techniques to help my patients much more. Sandra Hart, Lancashire 20 Nov 2022
Jamie's teaching is superb! His style is relaxed and clear. He balances theoretical content with practical skills. He is very supportive and patiently guides his trainees to empower their learning. Judith Blair, 20 Nov 2022
Always been intrigued about Shiatsu so this was an ideal first step! Great content, I can see myself including Shiatsu elements in my teachings. Very well delivered. Larissa Mosca, Nov 2022

Applied Channel Theory: Advanced Classical Practical Skills. 2 Days.

Michael Phoenix Lic. Ac. May 2017, 2018 & 2019

This course studied the principles of Applied Channel Theory, pioneered by Dr. Wang Ju-Yi. We explored the diagnostic palpation of the channels - treatment of points and channels with pressure and specialist pulse diagnosis - as well as other advanced classical treatment modalities: work on the Du channel, plucking technique and special Gua Sha techniques. Michael's first hand knowledge of Dr Wang's teaching brought awareness of Applied Channel Theory to many new students and always in a lively, imimitable style. The first one of these was presented together with Jamie Hamilton.

Interpreting the Twelve Zang Fu Organs of Chinese Medicine. 2 Days.

Deborah Woolf Lic. Ac. 2019 - 2020

Exploring key characters and phrases related to the twelve zang fu organs to deepen our understanding of their function and dysfunction. This two day workshop looked at Chinese Medicine through the characters and reveal their meaning. Each zang fu organ has a 'cluster' of Chinese terms that are used specifically with it: for instance, the classics state to 'firm the spleen' rather than the looser idea of to 'tonify the spleen'. Chinese medical terminology represents a vital link to our interpretation of the Chinese Medicine itself. An experienced teacher of Classical Chinese Medicine and Philosophy, Deborah 's knowledge and love of the Chinese language enables direct interpretation for practitioners of Chinese Medicine.

The teaching of this course has enriched how we have been able to study deeper into the primary sources as well as being very interesting for its own sake.

Here Deborah explains the pictures on an ancient funeral banner dating from 186 BC: a story of a woman and her 'three hun' [spiritual soul] & the invitation to leave the body in the correct manner; in other words, it describes the soul's cosmological journey through to heaven.


Online Intermediate Course on Applied Channel Theory

*Insights from the clinic of Dr Wang Ju-Yi: Channel Diagnosis & Point Studies*

Previous Six Online Workshops with Jonathan Chang

This six class online lecture series covered insights about Dr Wang's clinical experience and scholarly research including case studies. This recorded series is an excellent follow on from our introductory in-person class. The original class took place from May - November 2021. This excellent series may be repeated in future, however, it is essential to have attended our in person course beforehand.

1) - 4) Introduction to Channel Theory: Tai Yin and Yang Ming system / Jue Yin and Shao Yang system / Shao Yin and Tai Yang system. Other six level relationships.

5) Advanced Point Combinations: Open-Pivot- Closing relationships

6) Clinical Application of Extraordinary Vessel Theory.


The subject matter of the course was really good and very helpful to being able to understand the channels and their relationship to each other. I liked the fact Jonathan demonstrated some of the channels on his own leg/ hand as much easier to understand than on a diagram and helpful to go over some points, like the way to find  and needle DU19 . His tips for finding points or palpating certain areas was also helpful like feeling for changes on the heart channel. Having the theory then cases to illustrate what he was teaching about the channels was very helpful. Catriona Jennings, May 2021
I'm enjoying this so much. This week I've had 3 trigeminal neuralgias and a sacral back pain all treated using this method with brilliant results. M.Duma, 14 May 2021

Yangsheng - Live Well Live Long with Peter Deadman

2021 & 2022

A two night residential including lifestyle talks based on Peter's book of the same name, with qigong practice throughout. A wonderful, relaxed programme, informative and most enjoyable.

Qigong for Immunity with Sue Woodd

During the spring of 2020, we offered an online series of short videos with Sue Woodd, qigong and tai chi teacher. With Sue we recorded a six-part sequence for boosting the immunity based on qigong for the eight extraordinary vessels

Applied Channel Theory: Advanced Classical Practical Skills. 2 Days.

Michael Phoenix Lic. Ac.

We are delighted to welcome again Michael Phoenix, to teach this two-day workshop. Additional to the principles of Applied Channel Theory, pioneered by Dr. Wang Ju-Yi, we will also explore diagnostic palpation of the channels - which includes treatment of points and channels with pressure and specialist pulse diagnosis - as well as other advanced classical treatment modalities: work on the Du channel, plucking technique and special Gua Sha techniques.

Attendance on this course will qualify graduates to attend the advanced workshop with Jason Robertson in November 2019.

Venue: Quaker Meeting House, Reading

2017 -2019

Anma Training with Fugaku Ito and Anma France

We are so honoured to have worked with the late H. Fugako Ito on our Anma training. For an insight into our Anma training with Fugaku Ito and Nicole Beauvois, please see the videos (in Japanese) provided by Ito sensei, listed on our YouTube channel

March 2012


Frequently Asked Questions

Is Dr. Wang's therory related to Tung and Tan styles?

In a word: "no". All three of these teachers did ephasise the need for palpation of channels and used ideas that relate to the six channels (Taiyang, Shaoyin etc.) but Dr. Wang's approach contains a theory base very much in line with classical Chinese Medicine, whereas Dr. Tung (and Dr. Tan whose work was based on Dr. Tung) has a different lineage of thinking.

Can you teach a course where I am based?

Yes we can. With about a 6 person minimum we can come to you with a similar cost stucture to the courses quoted above.

What if I am a shiatsu practitioner?

You may well be able to join our courses. If you have a reasonable TCM knowledge you should be fine with any.

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