An Afternoon with a Jiao


Sat 20 March, Sat 24 April and Sat 22 May

These three half-day afternoon seminars will use medical and alchemical classics to present an integrative study of the acupuncture points in each of the three jiaos.



These three half-day afternoon seminars will use medical and alchemical classics to present an integrative study of the acupuncture points in each of the three jiaos.

The lower jiao, power from below, place of ditches and drainage, but also the power of the Gate of Life, has a variety of acupuncture points displaying its power. Ren Mai, rising from its inner source, and the ancestral muscle, zongjin, supports the power of fertility and grounding, through its points below the umbilicus. These are flanked by equally powerful points on the foot Yangming, foot Shaoyin and foot Jueyin.

The middle jiao, concerned with digestion and metabolism through the transformative power of the digestive fire. The flow of ingested, churned and transformed substances is channelled through many gates and doors, around the central cavity of Ren 12. There are so many ways different channels and qi are intertwined to support the transformation of water and grains into qi blood and fluids.

The upper jiao, place of fine mist and refined, subtle qi, is our communication with the spiritual aspects. It houses the middle (or upper) dantian – there are differing views on this – and is the place of the pure heart and lungs, the masters of blood and qi in the body. Here we can communicate with our ancestors, and our ability to connect with the universe through the breath and our essence. In this place of light airy spirits we can affect our external communication with the world as well as psycho-spiritual issues.

Join Deborah to look at the points of the upper, middle and lower jiaos. We will be discussing point names and functions; similarities and differences – why choose this point rather than another, etc.

Sessions will be recorded.

See also Deborah’s monthly sessions on The 24 Solar Fortnights

Please contact [email protected] for more information.

Entry requirements 

This seminar is for Chinese Medicine practitioners and students.

Dates and times

Sat 20 March 2-5pm
Sat 24 April 2-5pm
Sat 22 May 2-5pm


£45 per session if booked individually
£120 for all 3 sessions booked together (£40 per session)
STUDENTS: £40 per session if booked individually / £105 for all 3 booked together – (please email [email protected] with current student ID and you’ll be given a code for the checkout) 

Sessions will be recorded.

Tutor: Deborah Woolf

Deborah Woolf teacherDeborah Woolf is an experienced and enthusiastic teacher of Classical Chinese Medicine and Philosophy. She has studied Classical Chinese for over 15 years, to enhance her knowledge and understanding of Chinese Medicine. Her passion for the language of ancient Chinese medical texts enables direct interpretation for practitioners of Chinese Medicine. 

She has an MA in Chinese Medical History from UCL and is currently writing her PhD thesis. She studied 3 months in Taiwan and 3 months in Beijing, following Chinese language courses. She has followed Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallée for 25 years and is still studying and translating Classical Chinese and Classical Chinese medical texts. She runs and works in a busy clinic in Brighton, applying her understanding of classical Chinese Medicine on an everyday basis. She organises and teaches on Dr Edward Neal’s European practicums, the practical part of his Introduction to Neijing Studies programme. She has lectured in Greece, and is part of the Northern College of Acupuncture MA teaching schedule. 

Listen to Deborah’s podcast about Stems and Branches to know more about her areas of interests and background: 

Additional information


All Sessions £120, Saturday 20 March £45, Saturday 24 April £45, Saturday 22 May £45

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