Applied Channel Theory and Point Combinations
Jason Robertson, Seattle/USA – German translator: Werner Freystaetter
05.08.20 bis 09.08.20

JASON ROBERTSON IN GERMANY – Offenbach near Frankfurt airport


From 2002-2017, groups of students from around the world traveled to Beijing to study with professor Wang Juyi (王居易). Dr. Wang would give lectures four mornings each week, break for lunch then see patients for three of the afternoons. Other afternoons, students would practice point location and palpation techniques. Recordings from these events were compiled, arranged and translated to create the text Applied Channel Theory in Chinese Medicine (2008). Crucial to the creation of the text was the spirit of dialogue between teacher and student during lectures and the chance to see theory put into practice. In the years since Dr. Wang passed away, it has become apparent that preservation of the long-form study intensive will be important for keeping his highly effective clinical vision alive and growing.

In the spirit of the Beijing study trips, this five-day intensive will thoroughly explore important aspects of the foundational curriculum of Applied Channel Theory. Participating students will develop skills for integrating channel palpation with clinical reasoning, treatment strategies and advanced problem-solving skills in acupuncture.

This course is especially suitable for therapists with experience in this system.
Therapists without this experience, who are interested in this course, can get an introduction: Please contact the school office.

Course Description

The goal will be to replicate Dr. Wang’s teaching style which always strove to go deeper into core concepts. New students will develop a detailed understanding of the system. Advanced students will further refine point location, palpation skills and clinical strategy.
The course will approach clinical reasoning through the prism of core acupuncture point categories. Categories will be considered in the context of common clinical presentations and useful point combinations. In all cases, lecture will alternate with demonstration and practice. The entire 5-day course will be taught by one of Dr. Wang’s five apprentices, Dr. Jason D. Robertson. The class outline below will include time for questions and additional discussions drawn from student participation.
The system of acupuncture developed by Dr. Wang Juyi (Applied Channel Theory -經絡醫學jīng luò yī xué) is an approach rooted in the dual research threads of classical texts and modern clinical application. Developed by Dr. Wang over 50 years in Beijing clinics, hospitals and research institutes, it involves the rigorous testing of theory and diagnostic technique to improve clinical results. Applied Channel Theory requires that manual examination of acupuncture channels be considered as a crucial diagnostic input when determining a six-channel (六經 liù jīng) diagnosis. In addition to channel examination, Applied Channel Theory is a comprehensive system that includes channel theory (channel qi transformation), channel differentiation, channel selection, the nature of acupuncture points, point selection and location, and various methods of channel regulation (acupuncture, moxibustion, massage techniques and Chinese herbs).

Day One
Applied Channel Theory as a cohesive system of acupuncture
Discussion of currents of thinking in acupuncture and clinical reasoning using a classical model. For the first half-day, a way of perceiving physiology using core concepts from the Inner Classic (內經 nèi jīng) and Classic of Difficulties (難經 nàn jīng) will be elucidated. The primary goal for the week of conceptualizing a living, moving system will be outlined. Systems thinking in Chinese medicine provides crucial tools for moving beyond protocols and symptom-based approaches to acupuncture.

Day One (continued)
Five Transport Points(五輸穴 wǔ shū xuè): Portions of the next four days will include discussions of the most effective points in acupuncture. Based on the traditional point categories, the curriculum will describe the general personalities of the various categories. Included in these discussions will be examples of common clinical applications and representative point combinations. In clinical discussions, the idea of creating a symptom-pattern-structure (證候結構 zhèng hòu jié gòu) will be emphasized as a means for unwinding difficult cases.

Day Two
• Five Transport Points (五輸穴 wǔ shū xuè)continued
Lecture, hands-on practice and clinical application
• Live Case Demonstration
Some portion of each afternoon will include live demonstrations of diagnosis and treatment.

Day Three
• Yuan-source(原穴 yuán xuè)and Luo-collateral(絡穴 luò xuè)Points
Lecture, hands-on practice and clinical application
• Live Case Demonstration

Day Four
• Xi-cleft(郄穴 xī xuè)points
Lecture, hands-on practice and clinical application
• Live Case Demonstration

Day Five
• Clinical Strategy
Channel Differentiation (辨經 biàn jīng) and Channel Selection (選經 xuǎn jīng)
• Live Case Demonstration

Please note:
This course is organised jointly with two other schools from the AGTCM:  CCM-NORD, Hamburg and ABZ OST, Berlin
The sript and teaching is in English with a consecutive translation during the lectures by Werner Freystätter.


Basic knowledge of acupuncture u. Chinese medicine.
Basic knowledge of Applied Channel Theory / palpating the meridians.

All participants receive a certificate of attendance from the Association for Classical Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine e.V. (AGTCM).


Jason Robertson

Jason Robertson – Robertson maintains a private practice in Seattle WA, USA and is on the faculty of the Seattle Institute of East Asian Medicine (SIEAM). Dr. Robertson studied Mandarin Chinese from the age of 17 and lived in Taiwan for five years before beginning studies in Chinese medicine. A meeting with Beijing professor Wang Juyi (王居易) in 1998 planted a seed of inspiration which led to almost two decades of work translating and teaching what has become known as Applied Channel Theory (学經絡醫學 jīng luò yī xué). Along with other apprentices of Dr. Wang, Jason teaches classes on Applied Channel Theory around the world. For more on their work, please see

Course Location:
Ausbildungszentrum Mitte
Frankfurter Str. 59
63067 Offenbach, entrance in the yard to the right, 3rd floor
Tel: 069 / 82 36 14 17, Fax: 069 / 82 36 17 49

5th – 9th August 2020

Course times:
Wednesday 10:00 to 18:00
Thursday 09:00 to 18:00
Friday 09:00 to 18:00
Saturday 09:00 to 18:00
Sunday 09:00 to 15:00

AGTCM Credit Hours: 41

Costs: 975 €
AGTCM members: 780 €
TCM Fachverband-Schweiz members: 877.50 €

This course is recognized as a CPD course with the TCM Fachverband – Schweiz (the Association of TCM professionals in Switzerland).


Upon receipt of your registration, you will receive an invoice 2-3 weeks before the start of the course with all course dates and detailed information on payment methods.