Jing | Qi | Shen: Classical Acupuncture Pulse Diagnostics & Treatment of the 3 Treasures in Clinical Practice

Presented by Joan Duveen

15 Formal CPD Points

CPD approved/pre-approved by AACMA | Acupuncture NZ | NZASA

Sydney, Australia

2 Days, October 26-27, 2019 (Sat-Sun)

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The Jing, the Qi and the Shen (The Three Treasures) are fundamental substances that we work with in Oriental Medicine, but there are very few practitioners who are aware of, or have been taught how to accurately use diagnostic methods in assessing the state of the Three Treasures in the body, and how to apply treatment to influence them for powerful clinical results. Joan Duveen’s unique guidance under Dr. J.D. van Buren, Pauline van Buren, Leon Hammer and others, combined with over 40 years of clinical practice brings a wealth of knowledge and understanding to the theory, diagnostics and treatment of the Jing, Qi and Shen in clinical practice.

This 2-day pulse diagnosis seminar is a unique chance to learn to diagnose in detail the functions of the Three Treasures of Chinese medicine via pulse diagnosis. After this seminar, you will be able to use this type of pulse diagnosis in any form of practical Chinese medicine. Although the theory of the Three Treasures and Pulse diagnosis is covered in detail, this seminar is primarily hands-on training with many practical elements.


  • The importance of the therapist’s posture and her/his own Qi in pulse diagnosis
  • fundamental guidelines for pulse diagnosis
  • to diagnose the five aspects of the Shen: Shen, Yi, Po, Zhi and Hun within the pulse of the Shen (force, underlying strength, flexibility, elasticity, soft/hard)
  • the meaning and difference of the force and underlying strength of the pulse of the Shen
  • to check your diagnosis within the Wu-Xing (Five Phases/Elements) pulses
  • to diagnose the quality of the Jing at the moment of diagnosis and the quality of the Jing in the patient’s past
  • to diagnose the quality of the internal function of San Jiao in relation to the Jing and the Qi of the San Jiao channel
  • understanding the general change of pulses during seasons and specifically that of the Stomach Qi
  • to understand and diagnose the difference between a Wei Qi, Ying Qi or Jing Qi pulse
  • clinical acupuncture treatment strategies/methods/techniques related to each of the above-mentioned topics

During these two days, we will study these subjects in depth, and practice with our fellow attendees as much as possible.

After a short introduction on Day 1, we will start with the pulses of the Shen and then proceed with the curriculum throughout the weekend.

To give everyone enough hands-on guidance and time with the presenter, the size of the group is strictly limited to 16 attendees.

Complete treatment demonstrations by the presenter will also be featured on the afternoon of the second day. During this section of the workshop, attendees will also be given the chance to assist in the diagnostic process and will use the diagnostic skills learned over the weekend to evaluate treatment outcomes.


“Treat people not diseases” – Dr. J.D. van Buren

“Treating patients using a deep understanding of the application of Classical Chinese philosophy to achieve outstanding clinical results. This is the type of Classical Acupuncture/diagnostics you always thought you’d be studying when you first commenced your Chinese Medicine education…….”

Peter Scarselletti | Director of Qiology








About the Presenter

Joan Duveen

Joan Duveen, born in 1950, originally trained and worked as a physiotherapist in his own private clinic, in a health centre, until 1990. In these years he was also a teacher in anatomy, physiology and massage at a college for physiotherapy.

Joan commenced studying Chinese medicine in 1975. He graduated from the Dutch Society for Acupuncture, Holland in 1982, and he graduated with a B.Ac in 1986 at ICOM Holland and was personally invited by Dr van Buren to study at ICOM in England, where he completed his M.Ac in 1991.

He was a regular staff member at the International College of Oriental Medicine (ICOM), UK, for 16 years, teaching Chinese Medicine in years 3 and 4. During these years, and up until the death of Dr. van Buren, Joan was able to study and observe closely with Dr. van Buren. Joan sees it as his task to keep the legacy of Dr van Buren’s work alive. This involves the practical application of Chinese philosophy and the philosophical ideas of the Chinese calendar in the acupuncture clinic, particularly the philosophy of the Heavenly Stems & Earthly Branches.

He is a co-founder of the Study centre PaKua (Studiecentrum PaKua). This study centre organizes post-graduate courses in Philosophical Chinese medicine. After 13 years he resigned as chairman of Study centre Pakua, being convinced that the objectives of the organization continue to be propagated.

In 1992 Joan travelled to China with Dr van Buren and Pauline van Buren to visit the Colleges and hospitals of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Beijing, Chengdu, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

Besides being a practitioner in his private clinic in Holland, he has been an international presenter since 1987 in Chinese philosophy and acupuncture in Holland, England, Germany, Israel, Norway and Poland.

He is specialized in paediatrics (studied with Julian Scott), pulse diagnosis (studied with Dr. van Buren and Dr. L. Hammer and others), acupuncture according to the Five Elements and the philosophy of Stems & Branches, taking into account the constitutional energies by birth, based on the Chinese calendar, and has written several articles on these subjects in magazines for Chinese Medicine.

Apart from spending time with his wife, four children and four grandchildren, and when not teaching, Joan spends time studying Chinese Philosophy, Chinese Medicine, the use of the Yi Jing in the clinic, and keeping healthy with various spiritual and health practices.

As is required by National Law, we disclose that Joan Duveen is not a registered health professional within Australia.

To see more information on the Master Acupuncturist whom Joan continues the legacy of today, please read the information about Dr. van Buren below.

Who was Dr. Johannes Diedericus van Buren?

Dr. J.D. van Buren (27th Nov 1921- 12th May 2003 | 81 yrs) can be considered to be one of the 20th Century’s most important influences on Acupuncture in the West, who pioneered bringing it to the Western World particularly assisting with it’s educational development in England, Holland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, and even Australia. After a very colourful personal history in his formative years, followed by studies in nursing, naturopathy, osteopathy and homoeopathy, van Buren began his personal studies in acupuncture in 1952. Many years later he trained under Dr. Jacques Lavier in England in 1966 alongside contemporary J.R. Worsley, and then continued with further studies in Taiwan under Master Wu Wei Ping in 1968, where he received his doctorate, and later, studied in Korea.

As the need arose, Dr. van Buren taught extensively around the world, and it was said that to observe him in the clinic was an inspirational experience for both students and patients alike. After receiving an original text: “System of A New Philosophy by Dualistic Monism” from Sino-Korean Dr. Chang Bing Li, Dr. van Buren made it his life’s work to preserve and develop “Stems & Branches Acupuncture,” a unique and traditional acupuncture treatment system that was banned during the Cultural Revolution in China. Dr. van Buren founded the International College of Oriental Medicine (ICOM) in 1974, which is renowned for turning out some of the most prominent acupuncture practitioners and educators in the world, such as Dr. Leon Hammer, Peter Firebrace, Peter Deadman, Peter van Kervel, Joan Duveen, Giovanni Maciocia and Roisin Golding.

At the time of his passing, Dr. van Buren had practiced acupuncture for almost 50 years and left an impressive legacy that is continued to this day.

For an article that does justice to the fascinating life of Dr. J.D. van Buren, please go to this link: http://orientalmed.ac.uk/interview-with-dr-van-buren/


Seminat Content Preview from a recent interview with Joan Duveen



Which practitioners/students will benefit from taking this course?

  • Practitioners and students wishing to gain deeper insight into the Jing, Qi, and Shen.

  • Practitioners and students of acupuncture wishing to take their understanding of Chinese medicine/acupuncture to the next level by exploring diagnostics and treatment principles of the most fundamental substances (3 Treasures) of the body according to Chinese medicine philosophy.

  • Practitioners wishing to refine their pulse diagnosis skills to enhance understanding of their patients’ conditions to improve clinical results through accuracy of treatment.

  • Practitioners wishing to understand how to diagnose and influence aspects of the Shen, Yi, Po, Zhi and Hun.

  • Those wishing to diagnose the current state of the patient’s Jing and the state of the patient’s Jing in the patient’s past

  • Those wishing to take their understanding of the deeper aspects of the art of traditional acupuncture further, to excel in their art, and subsequently set themselves apart from ‘dry-needling.’

Regardless of which styles or systems of acupuncture you practice, you will benefit by integrating these acupuncture diagnostics and treatment methods into your clinical repertoire.

Jing | Qi | Shen: Classical Acupuncture Pulse Diagnostics & Treatment of the 3 Treasures in Clinical Practice

2-day seminar

Oct 26th+27th (Sat-Sun)- Sydney

Time:  9am-6pm (please arrive at 8:30 – 8:45am on Day 1 of the seminar)
Duration: 15 Contact Hours
CPD: 15 Formal CPD Points

Morning & Afternoon tea provided, suitable for those with dietary restrictions.

Please provide your own lunch, or purchase lunch at a suitable location nearby.

The maximum number of attendees for this seminar is strictly limited to 16 attendees to allow for individualised attention for each attendee. Please register now to secure your place.



Venue: Studio Blueprint: 11 Randle Street (Level 4), Surry Hills, NSW 2010, Australia

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Seminar Fees:

Practitioner Cost: AU$550 (Including GST)

Student Cost: AU$495 (Including GST)

Payment plans are available after an initial booking deposit. (These plans are recommended for those who book before 15th August 2019.)


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