Zang Xiang 藏象 Images of the Organs (recorded sessions)


Six recordings of a series of 90 minute classes

A series of six recorded seminars on the five elements/phases/agents in Chinese traditional culture and the physio-pathology for each of the five zang organs as the representative, in a human body, of the qi of one of the elements.



Recordings of a series of 6 90-minute seminars presented by Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallée.

  1. Introduction
  2. The Liver Wood
  3. The Lung Metal
  4. The Spleen Earth
  5. The Kidneys Water
  6. The Heart Fire

In the first recording Elisabeth gives a general presentation of the meaning of the five elements (phases or agents) as organizers of life in the universe and all forms of life. She explains how exploring the origins and development of the five elements from philosophical and other texts reveals how from natural elements and raw materials, the concept evolves into a cosmic vision and a way to classify all beings, phenomena and things in the universe.

These five moving forces that we can observe in nature become the pattern for an efficient knowledge of the functioning of the body. Each of the five zang organ is seen as the representative of one of the five elements; each zang organ is first understood as the working and the effects of one of these five qi.

She then explains how the application of the yin and yang and five elements theory provide patterns for interaction of qi, allowing the practitioner to make a diagnosis and formulate a treatment.

In the following classes Elisabeth gives a general presentation of the physio-pathology for each of the Five zang organs as the representative, in a human body, of the qi of one specific element.  She will explain how the normality and pathology of the organs within Chinese Medicine are understood first and above all as the workings and effects of the element’s qi, in all aspects of human life (physiology, psychology, emotions, working of the mind, building of the self, etc.). Specific characters used to express this qi are explained. Examples of normal and pathological relations with the other qi are given.

This series is suitable for practitioners wishing to deepen their understanding, for Acupuncture students looking for a Chinese classical foundation (after at 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.

Cost: £144 for six recordings

A link to the recordings will be emailed to you within 3 working days (usually within 1 working day).

About Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallée

Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallée is a well-known researcher and translator of ancient Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, and author of numerous influential books in several languages. She is Dean of Study and Senior Lecturer in the European School of Acupuncture and a Member of the French Association of Chinese Studies (AFEC).

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.

Read more about Elisabeth on her website.

Previously recorded CPD sessions with Elisabeth are also available for download.

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