Interpreting the Zangfu 臟腑 Organs of Chinese Medicine 1 – Liver and Heart – recorded 3/5/2020

£75.00 £60.00

A recording of the first of three seminars exploring key characters and phrases related to the twelve zangfu 臟腑 organs, deepening your understanding of their function and dysfunction. This seminar covered the Heart and the Liver.  A link to the recording will be sent upon purchase.


“The ancients said that ‘the written language is used to convey the Dao’. If we wish to understand the Dao, we must first know and understand Chinese characters.” p74, Classical Chinese Medicine by Liu Lihong.

This is a recording of the first of three seminars on the Zangfu organs of Chinese Medicine in which Deborah Woolf looks at Chinese Medicine through the characters and reveals their meaning. Focus is on the texts on the twelve zangfu from Suwen 2, Suwen 4, Suwen 5 and Suwen 8.

Each zangfu 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.

Follow this link to see Deborah describing the content of this course (Please note that the course has been extended from 2 to 3 days to be able to cover all the material in more depth):

This recording is of interest to Chinese Medicine practitioners and students interested in gaining a deeper understanding of classical Chinese Medicine through the Chinese characters themselves.

Further Information:

This is a recording of a lecture that took place on 3 May 2020 via Zoom. You will be sent a link to download the recording upon purchase.

Cost:  £75  £60

Contact email: [email protected]


Tutor: Deborah Woolf

Deborah 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:


Feedback from participants:

“The Interpreting the Zangfu workshop was unquestionably a return to the source of classical Chinese Medicine. I found a new kind of clarity and appreciation for the medicine we practice. Having key classical Chinese characters clearly explained was so valuable. Students dive into the classics to get an expanded understanding of the richly textured layers of meaning that exist in the heart of Chinese Medicine theory and practice. A cultural journey through time and space was made easily accessible by Deborah’s clear and engaging teaching. I would recommend this workshop to anyone interested in expanding their knowledge of Chinese Medicine.”

I thought that this would be a simple lecture on the zangfu and their function, however this was so much more, by interpreting the Chinese characters for the zangfu. Everything I expected to be addressed was, in a fascinating delivery. Compelling and enjoyable. [ I could not stop and was totally immersed in this… an excellent way to deepen my understanding of Chinese zangfu theory.]

“This CPD created so many links that has given me a better understanding of Chinese medicine and how it flows, therefore giving me a better understanding of how to diagnose and treat. Very good teacher.”

Fascinating content and engaging and lively teaching; incredible depth of knowledge. An extremely interesting and well taught course that deepens the understanding of the Chinese medicine approach to the internal organs. Best taught in 3 separate days as it covers a very wide and deep knowledge of the subject.

“An inspired and amazing teacher who deepens your knowledge and understanding”.