Interpreting the zangfu 臟腑 organs of Chinese Medicine 3 – Spleen and Fu Organs – recorded 28/6/2020


A recording of the third of Deborah Woolf’s 3 seminars exploring key characters and phrases related to the twelve zangfu 臟腑 organs to deepen your understanding of their function and dysfunction. This seminar covered the Spleen and the Fu organs.


“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 the third of three recorded seminars which looked at Chinese Medicine through the characters to reveal their meaning. Focus is on texts on the twelve zangfu from Suwen 2, Suwen 4, Suwen 5 and Suwen 8. Deborah Woolf uses these texts to illustrate the fundamental descriptions of the characters used for the zangfu.

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.

Day 1 covered Liver and Heart, day 2 covered Lungs and Kidneys, day 3 covered Spleen and Fu organs.

Follow this link to see Deborah describing the content of this course:

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

Further Information:

  • A video recording of a seminar which took place online on Sunday 28  June 2020
  • Cost: £75  £60
  • Contact email: [email protected]
  • Please note that CPD certificates cannot be issued for recorded seminars.


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”.