DOWNLOAD: A study of Headaches – Elisabeth Rochat De La Vallée


This is an audio recording of a seminar that took place on 8 March 2020


A recording of a lecture on Chinese Medicine from the roots, exploring Classical Pathology

Headache is probably one of the most frequent disorders among patients looking for a traditional acupuncture treatment. Headache can be a symptom and/or part of a more complex pathological situation. This lecture looks at the various causes for headaches found in classical Chinese medicine texts such as the Huangdi Neijing (Suwen and Lingshu), Nanjing, Shanghanlun, JIngui yaolüe, Nanjing and JIayiijing. Elisabeth’s explanation helps refine and differente diagnosis according to a variety of criteria: yin and yang, excess and deficiency, channel and zang/fu theory, also stressing the importance of liquids and phlegm. The main excerpts from the texts are provided and explained for each possibility, and the appropriate treatments derived.

This is an audio recording of a seminar that took place on Sunday 8th March 2020. You will be sent a link to download audio files upon purchase. This recorded seminar is suitable for qualified practitioners wishing to deepen their understanding, for students looking for a Chinese classical foundation (after a least one year of study and a knowledge of the basis of Chinese Medicine) or for anyone interested in the way in which life is organised in the body, according to classical Chinese Medicine.


Elisabeth Rochat De La Vallée

A well-known researcher and translator of ancient Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, and author of numerous influential books in several languages, Elisabeth is a Member of the Board Ricci Association for the Grand Ricci; Dean of Study in the European School of Acupuncture (; Senior Lecturer of the E.E.A. (École Européenne d’Acupuncture); Lecturer on Chinese Philosophy in the Jesuit University in Paris (Centre Sèvres) and Member of the French Association of Chinese Studies (A.F.E.C.).


After studying philosophy, literature and classics at the Paris University where she completed her Masters degree in Classics and Philosophy, Elisabeth met Claude Larre s.j. who was working on his PhD thesis on the Huainanzi and translating the Laozi. As a result of his influence, she began to study Chinese and work with him on Chinese classical texts. She also studied modern Chinese with a native speaker and in 1974 spent a year in Taiwan to further her studies. She holds degrees in Chinese from the Paris University.

In the early 1970s, Elisabeth embarked on a study of Chinese medicine, together with Father Larre and Dr. Schatz, a western physician with an interest in oriental medicine and the classical medical texts, beginning the first study group of the classical medical texts in Paris which led to the foundation of the European School of Acupuncture in Paris in 1976.

Elisabeth and Father Larre started to offer lectures, seminars and conferences on Chinese classical thought in France and several European countries. In the mid 1980s, Elisabeth began to accompany Father Larre on his teaching engagements in both the UK and the US. Her knowledge of the medical texts, together with Father Larre’s subtle understanding of the background culture and philosophy, produced a unique teaching team. They also worked together on the Grand Ricci dictionary, completing the first publication – two volumes of single characters – in 1999. The complete work of seven volumes was finally published, under her direction, just before Father Larre’s death in December 2001. Elisabeth has continued to teach worldwide, working with both medical and philosophical Classics.