Bi 痹 Syndrome – Elisabeth Rochat De La Vallée – 19/10/2019



Course Description

A new series of lectures of Chinese Medicine from the roots exploring Classical Pathology

This lecture will explain what, in classical Chinese medicine, is known as Bi syndrome (obstruction, block or impediment). Elisabeth will explore how Bi relates to and differs from various syndromes identified in Western medicine, such as rheumatism, arthritis, etc.. She will guide you through Chapter 43 of the Neijing Suwen and other classical texts, presenting the specific nature of the disease and the pathogenic agents responsible for it (wind, cold, dampness). Elisabeth will explain the different kinds of Bi, their relationship with organs, seasons and evolution in the body and will present patterns of treatments.

Clinical discussions among practitioners will also take place.   

Date and Times

Saturday 19th October 2019 from 9.30am to 5pm  – Six hours CPD.


The International College of Oriental Medicine, van Buren House, Green Hedges Avenue, East Grinstead, West Sussex RH19 1DZ

For any enquiries please contact [email protected]

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for practitioners wishing to deepen their understanding, for students looking for a Chinese classical foundation (after a least one year in school and a knowledge of the basis of Chinese Medicine), and for anyone interested in the way in which life is organised in the body, according to classical Chinese Medicine.


Elisabeth Rochat De La Vallée

Elisabeth is a well-known researcher and translator of ancient Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, and author of numerous influential books in several languages. She 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 a 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 at the Paris University.

In the early 1970s she 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 combined to 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.


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