Integrative Channel Theory: Bridging the Gap Between Eastern and Western Views on Physiology

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With proper organization, western physiology and eastern physiology combine seamlessly to advance our understanding of human physiology overall. Ancient Chinese and modern scientists all observe the same creature, so the systems of both medicines would be expected to be compatible when understood properly. Through the lens of evolutionary biology, and through more robustly developed language, we can raise the level of discussion about classical Chinese medicine from ungrounded theorizations back to the level of the scientist-philosopher-physician. The purpose of this seminar is to present a model for the integration of Chinese and Western physiologies that will help practitioners find language and a solid basis from which to express the core concepts of Chinese medicine, and yet not lose the complexity and elegance of the system. Biomedical models for acupuncture’s mechanisms tend to hinge on sub-cortical, reductionist mechanisms including local neuronal connections, endogenous opioids, local chemical mediator release, or placebo mechanisms. Practitioners of Chinese medicine often yield to ‘energetic’ justifications of the practice in order avoid facing questions that demand more concrete explanations of the physical basis for acupuncture. This class will bring the worlds together to empower the practitioner in all aspects of care, and help raise the level of conversation about how powerful classical theory is, and how it can inform all of medicine moving forward

Dr. David W. Miller, MD, LAc is one of the only MD physicians in the U.S. dually board certified in Pediatrics and Chinese medicine (NCCAOM). His practice East-West Integrated Medicine, LLC is located in Chicago, Illinois, and Dr. Miller enjoys seeing patients of all ages for holistic and integrative care. Dr. Miller has designed curricula in integrative physiology, and is an active participant and leader in numerous state and nation medical associations. He is currently Chair of the national organization the American Society of Acupuncturists, and immediate past-Chair of the NCCAOM committee on Biomedicine. He participates actively with the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture, the Illinois State Medical Society, and other state and national groups. More on Dr. Miller’s practice and teaching can be found at and

• Frame Chinese medical theory through the lens of evolutionary biology.

• Recognize postural correlates to the acupuncture channels, and synthesize these correlates with functional neuroanatomy.

• Apply this foundational knowledge to the Extraordinary Vessel system as well as the primary channels and organs, and recognize how western neurology predicts the presence of the acupuncture channel system.

• Improve treatment protocols by application of the model both through qi gong exercises and clinical scenarios.


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