Applications of Classical Human Typologies in Acupuncture Clinic – The 10 Great Movements

Speaker: Joan Duveen M.Ac.

Language: English

Field: Acupuncture, Diagnostics, Classics / Philosophy

This Lecture is suitable for All levels

In Chinese medicine there is some knowledge available about human typologies, which provides this information.

Chapter 64 of the Ling Shu for example describes the twenty-five human types, the French style acupuncture knows the different types of temperaments related to the six divisions and known are the psychological descriptions of the 12 animal signs of the Chinese calendar.

Less well known are the human typologies linked to other parts of the Chinese calendar, as the Great Movements and the HeavenlyStems.

These data on human typologies, based on time of birth, provide insight into the reasons for imbalance, underlying causes of illnesses and lead to objectification and individualization of treatments.

This seminar focusses on understanding psycho-emotional problems based on the typology of people according to the Great Movements and the Heavenly Stems

It will teach us to better understand people, including ourselves, and to refine our treatments.

Learning Objectives:

  1. 4 Virtues of Heaven • Wu Xing- The 5 Heavens | The 5 Movements | The 5 Elements
  2. • Understanding of the nature of each Great Movement and each Heavenly Stem
  3. Insights into and understanding of psycho-emotional consequences
  4. Attendees will receive tools to work with 10 HS and 10 GM in clinic


1.      Lectures in class and personal from Dr. van Buren from 1982 till 2003

2.      Fung Yu-Lan A history of Chinese philosophy Vol I and II, Princeton University Press, Princeton, 1983

3.      Das chinesischen Denken. Inhalt-Form-Character. Suhrkamp, Frankfurt, 1985

4.      Books from Larre, C.s.j. & E. Rochat de la Valee with also personal and class teachings since 1985

5.      Needham. J. Science and Civilisation in China Vol II, III, IV. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1962

6.      Schipper, K. Tao, de levende religie van China. Meulenhof, Amsteram, 1988

7.      Nei Jing, Nan Jing, I Jing, Mai Jing in several editions

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