Wei 痿 Syndrome – Elisabeth Rochat De La Vallée – 7/3/2020




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

Wei (痿) syndrome (often translated in English as “wilting”, “limpness”, “atrophy”,  or “atony”) is only fully understood by studying the texts presenting its primary causes. The best is the Suwen chap.44, which is studied in depth in this course. The deep causes as well as the triggering factors and the different symptoms will be examined, throwing light on the treatment. The importance of the Yangming will also be described and explained.

Suwen chap.44 “On the Wei Syndrome (wei lun)” provides a good example of the complete process of diagnosis in classical Chinese Medicine. It shows how the understanding of the Chinese approach to physiology is necessary in any treatment. It is also a perfect example of a presentation of a pathology according to the Five phases or Elements. Other texts from the Huangdi Neijing and from other classics complete the presentation of the syndrome outside of this theory.

This will be followed by a synthesis of the meaning and treatments of Wei according to some ancient and modern Chinese texts.

Clinical discussions among practitioners will also take place.   

Date and Times

Saturday 7th of March 2020 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 of study 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 (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 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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