Shen Series - Course 2

Shen, Hun, Po: Classical Texts and their Contemporary Clinical Application

Choice and interpretation of the relevant passages in the Classics. Exploring the meaning of shen, hun, po. Guidelines for their use in contemporary patients. Clinical cases.

Elisa Rossi
Elisa Rossi

Course Overview

The course focuses on what may be puzzling concepts, starting from accurate references to the Classics, to the exploring of contemporary clinical use.


We explore shen in many contexts: Shen as extra-ordinary, that which is beyond yin and yang, does not belong to this world of the ten thousands—the world of differentiation, of shapes, of transformation; Shen as the most subtle of the three treasure (shen-qi-jing); Shen as vitality/life (in eyes, pulse, tongue, etc); Its functions (cognitive functions, consciousness, wisdom and intuitive knowledge, integration of the emotions, perception); Its significance in individuals and its relation with the psycho-emotional disorders.


We also explore the Hun and the Po, a couple whose meaning and functions may be vague and confusing. We explore their relation with jing and shen and what is meant by: “hun enters po and po holds hun”, “they are the light and the dark side of the moon”, “hun is the flame of po; po is the root of hun”, “po as remembering on the inside, hun as governing movement and action”.


We also examine their clinical use by looking at disorders in which patients suffer of conditions as a lost contact with reality, anorexia, obsessive thought, somatic disorders, violent behavior, etc. Clinical examples will be discussed.


  • How shen is described in the Classics and its function in individuals

  • How hun and po are described in the Classics and understand their significance in individuals

  • Possible interpretations in contemporary practice, recognizing their clinical use in different categories of disorders


  • 0 hrs - 15 min

    Description of shen in the Classics and its function in individuals

  • 15 min - 45 min

    Description of hun and po in the Classics

  • 45 min - 1 hrs

    Interpretation of hun and po regarding illnesses and applications in clinical practice

  • 1 hrs - 1.25 hrs

    Clinical cases


Elisa Rossi

Elisa Rossi is a PhD, MD, Psychiatrist, Acupuncturist and Licensed Psychotherapist. In 1983, after a 3-year Course in Acupuncture in Milan, Elisa attended the Training Course of TCM in Beijing. She went back to China 7 more times gaining clinical experience in the TCM Departments of Beijing, Nanjing, Shanghai, Jinan.


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  • CEUs:

    Approved by: Standard Certificate (1.25), NCCAOM (1), Florida (1)

    Pending: California

  • Language: English

  • Course Type: Recorded Webinar

  • Course Length: 1.25 h

  • Course Notes: Notes are provided with this course.

  • Access Period: Lifetime


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