A short presentation of Qi Jing Ba Mai – Du and Ren with Elisabeth Rochat 30/09/17


No study of Chinese medicine is complete without an understanding of the Eight Extraordinary Meridians, unique in their primary function, source-spring of regulatory power on blood and qi in the human body. Our knowledge can be deepened and enriched by this detailed presentation of major classical texts.

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Course Description

In a human, the first manifestation of Heavenly Yang (Dumai or Governor Vessel) and Earthly Yin (Renmai or Conception Vessel), allows a powerful fusion, creating the surge of life (Chongmai); this effervescence is controlled, as if girdled (Daimai) to enclose a vital space.

Two couples will come to regulate the relationship yin/yang, blood-and-qi … in an intra-systemic (Qiaomai) and inter-systemic (Weimai) perspective.

Each meridian will be studied and the philosophical statement behind the extraordinary meridian will be explored. A special attention is devoted to Dumai and Renmai through the meanings of their points.


Elisabeth Rochat De La Vallée

Well known researcher and translator in regards to ancient Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, and author of numerous influential books in several languages. Member of the Board Ricci Association for the Grand Ricci; Dean of Study in the European School of Acupuncture (www.acupuncture-europe.org); 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 spent a year in Taiwan (1974) to further her studies. She holds degrees in Chinese at the Paris University.

In the early 1970’s 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 1980’s, 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.

Further Details

The seminar will be delivered at ICOM, in East Grinstead
Date: 30 September 2017
From 9.30 to 4.30
CPD hours: 6

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