Shen Series - Course 5

Classical Emotional Signs and Syndromes: Their Use in Our Clinical Practice

Constraint yu 郁, agitation and restlessness fanzao 烦 躁, internal heat neire 内 热., running piglet qi bentunqi 奔豚气, plum pit qi meiheqi 梅核气, zangzao 脏 躁, baihebing 百合病 : madness diankuang癫 狂, as described in Classics and illustrated by 7 actual cases.

Elisa Rossi
Elisa Rossi

Course Overview

Sign and syndromes explored starting from the Classics and used to understand our patients and their clinical conditions. 7 clinical cases are fully described to help orientation in diagnosis and treatment.


Constraint yu 郁 was said “the origin of most of illnesses” by Wang Lu (1332-1391), but already in Suwen (ch. 21) we read that “in strong people qi circulates and therefore illnesses resolve themselves. … In weak people qi becomes stuck and the result is illness.”


Fanzao 烦 躁: significance of the common symptom of internal restlessness and external agitation.


Internal heat neire 内热: excess of emotions transforms into heat, which consumes yin and zang and generates illness (wuzhi huare theory 五志化热) developed by Liu Wansu (1120-1200) and then Li Dongyuan and Zhu Danxi.


Bentunqi 奔豚气, meiheqi 梅核气, zangzao 脏 躁, and baihebing 百合病 were described in Jingui yaolue (220 CE), now listed by modern Chinese texts as emotional illnesses.


Diankuang 癫 狂: manifestations and causes of this severe mental condition according to Nanjing (ch.59) and the following traditional medical thought. A comparison with actual conventional psychiatry is depicted.


Each content is explored through examples from our daily clinic, taking also into account some problematic issues concerning the therapeutic relationship.


  • Explore classical signs as constraint yu 郁, fanzao 烦 躁, neire 内热.

  • Explore classical syndromes as bentunqi 奔豚气, meiheqi 梅核气, zangzao 脏 躁, and baihebing 百合病.

  • Explore the classical syndrome diankuang 癫 狂.

  • Discuss classical signs and syndromes through actual clinical cases.


  • 0 hrs - 30 min

    Fanzao - restlessness and agitation.

  • 30 min - 1.25 hrs

    Yu - constraint + cases.

  • 1.25 hrs - 1.75 hrs

    Bentunqi + case.

  • 1.75 hrs - 2.25 hrs

    Zangzao + case.

  • 2.25 hrs - 2.5 hrs

    Meiheqi + case.

  • 2.5 hrs - 2.75 hrs

    Baihebing + case.

  • 2.75 hrs - 3.5 hrs

    Diankuang + case.


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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    Approved By: Florida (3.5), Standard Certificate (3.5), NCCAOM (3.5)

    Pending: California [Upon Request]*

  • Language: English

  • Course Type: Recorded Webinar

  • Course Length: 3.5 h

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