Applied Channel Theory Workshop

One-Day Introductory Review followed by Two-Day Advanced Class

Instructor: Jason D. Robertson

This three-day class series will focus on bringing material from the text Applied Channel Theory in Chinese Medicine to life in the clinic. The first day will involve a review of the diagnostic palpation techniques pioneered by Beijing professor Wang Ju-yi (王居易). In this first day, students will consider and practice techniques for gleaning clinically relevant information from the distal channels below the elbows and knees.  Practice will be interactive and will involve abundant hands-on practice. 

The second and third days of the series will describe techniques for integrating palpation with classical physiology.  By first considering patterns of healthy physiology as described in formative classical texts, a system will be described which will allow for flexibility and innovation in the modern clinic.  By combining models of six-level physiology  (and later pathology) from early texts with a reliable palpation technique, students will be able to move beyond protocols and ‘experience points’ to a clinical approach more suited to the complex and changeable patterns of the modern clinic.

During the advanced portion of the class, each of the six channels (六經 liù jīng) will be considered in turn with discussions of physiology, common patterns of modern pathology and discussion of effective point pairings based on diagnosis.  In many cases, detailed point locations will also be described from the work of professor Wang. 

Subjects covered will include

Day One-

  • Channel Diagnosis. Introduction, demonstration and hands-on practice of diagnostic technique.  This will involve palpation practice and precise location of the pathways of all twelve regular channels below the elbows and knees. 

Days Two and Three-

  • We are currently discussing with Jason Robertson to find content which will be new and different. The content will be an insight into the use of Applied Channel Theory in the clinic and how to integrate it easily to your acupuncture style and routine. More information will be added soon.
  • Further development of palpation technique through careful demonstration and practice of point location.  This portion of the seminar will consider 30 of Dr. Wang’s most commonly used points and the exact locations he uses in his Beijing clinic.  Students will fine-tune needle technique by cultivating strategies for finding the ’empty space’ where best effects are often attained.
  • Live patient demonstrations by the instructor including channel palpation and diagnosis with discussions of clinical strategies.


About the Jason D. Robertson

Jason D. Robertson is the co-author of Applied Channel Theory in Chinese Medicine (Eastland Press, 2008) with his teacher Beijing Professor Wang Ju-yi (王居易). Mr. Robertson has studied Chinese language for 30 years, including six years in Taiwan, and has studied Chinese medicine in Chengdu and Beijing. He currently maintains a private practice in Seattle, WA and is a full-time faculty member at the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine. Mr. Robertson is currently pursuing a clinical doctorate focused on further research into the threads of historical influence on the clinical approach advocated by Dr. Wang. Mr. Robertson has taught courses on channel theory, diagnosis and treatment around the world.


Practical informations


Ardboyne Hotel

You can book a room in the hotel directly and we negotiated a special fee (breakfast included).

Friday 20th and Saturday 21th October: €119 per night

Sunday 22nd October: €79

We have 9 bedrooms reserved for the conference. There are booked from Thursday 19th October for 4 nights at the price of €396 (breakfast included). Please, contact us if you would like to book one.

Newgrange Hotel

There are also many B&Bs and currently a lot of cheap accommodation on AirBnb.

Please, do not hesitate to contact us if you need help.

Where to eat near the Ardboyne Hotel

Coffee, Cakes lunch and meals during the day

  • Room 8, Watergate Street, Navan
  • Chekhovs Coffee House, Trimgate Street, Navan
  • Earls Kitchen, Old Cornmarket, Navan

Evening meals

Access from the airport

There is a bus connection between Dublin Airport and Navan.

Timetables are available following this link and you can purchase tickets here

Navan – Irish History and heritage sites

There are a lot of historical and scenic sites to visit or to see in County Meath. Please, follow the link for more information.


Equilibre Acupuncture

Room 37 Morrison Chambers

32 Nassau Street

Dublin 2

D02 HN44 Ireland


Times: morning 9am- 1pm; afternoon 2.30pm- 5.30pm

Location: Ardboyne Hotel, Dublin Road, Navan, Co. Meath


Early bird (until 31st July): €360

Full Fee (3 days): €395

Advanced course (2 days – day 2 and 3): €295

Requirements for the seminar:

For Introductory course: Read Applied Channel Theory in Chinese Medicine by Pr. Wang Ju-Yi and Jason Robertson.

For Day 2 and Day 3: having completed Day 1 or an introductory course previously.