Yijing and TCM

Workshop – Practical application of the Yijing or Book of Changes as a tool for diagnosis in Chinese Medicine.

Aanmeldingsformulier Workshop

(This workshop has no fixed date yet – Registration therefore is a sign of interest)


The famous doctor Sun Yikui (ca. 1522-1699) is credited with the words “If you don’t know Yijing, you are inadequate to be called a great physician.” Several doctors in Chinese history used the Yijing or Book of Changes as a diagnostic tool to gain deeper insight in a patient’s condition or to pinpoint the cause of an illness. But how did they do that? One of the tools they used was Wenwanggua.

In this fascinating workshop we will examine the use of the hexagrams from the Yijing as a diagnostic tool in Chinese medicine. You will learn:

• a short history of the Yijing
• a short history of the Yijing and Chinese medicine
• the components of a hexagram and their application:
o trigrams
o lines
o …and their relationships
o the application of these components during a diagnosis
• The application of Wenwanggua 文王卦 for medical purposes:
o the wuxing 五行, ‘the Five Phases’ and where to find them in a hexagram
o the purpose of the liuqin 六親, ‘the Six Relationships’ and their mutual connections
o the function of the Office & Ghost line as indication of the illness and the Offspring line as indication of the cure
o the application of the ganzhi 干支 Stems & Branches and where to find them in a hexagram
o the weakness and strength of the wuxing, liuqin and ganzhi in a hexagram and what this means for your diagnosis
o examples of medical Wenwanggua from classical and modern literature.
At the end of this workshop you have learned to use Wenwanggua as a tool that complements your own initial diagnosis. The workshop comes with a workbook that contains all the material that will be covered during the day.

Teacher: Harmen Mesker
Harmen Mesker.  www.yjcn.nl

Specifications (2 days)

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This workshop was organized in the past en will be organized again once there are sufficiant people who have shown interest by making a pre-registration.


You can register by filling out the form on the workshop page or by sending an email to info@cnys-tcm.com.  When we receive your pre-registration you will get an email asking you to transfer 170 euro to the Foundation CNYS-TCM on bank account: NL37 INGB 0007 1590 21  (BIC:INGBNL2A).  When we receive the payment your registration is complete and you will get a confirmation.

As a Foundation we strive to keep workshops affordable for participant and teacher.  Creating a win-win situation for both parties.  Because of this we use the following design:  one month prior to the workshop date the organization will decide if the workshop can go through or not.  In case of insufficient registrations the workshop will be cancelled and participants will get a full refund.  If there are enough registrations the workshop will receive a definitive green light.  After which cancellation of participation is impossible.  No refunding will be granted – you do however have the right to give / sell your ticket to another person, in which case you inform CNYS of this decision at least 24 hours prior to the start of the workshop.