The Jing & Mai

Elisabeth Rochat de la Valla discusses the relationship between Jing and Mai and their functions.

Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallée
Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallée

Course Overview

Jing, the Channels or Meridians are the norms that structure all forms of circulation in the body and control the flow of Qi. Mai, the Vital Circulations (also translated as pulses or vessels) are the pathways of blood & qi (qixue) that spread on the surface and deep inside. In them flows the invisible power that develops life, enabling it to expand and endure. Movement in the Mai might seem more important than substance but Mai & Substance should also not be dissociated. Mai is the expression of unceasing flow and movement while jing is the expression of the power of its organizing flux and maintains it in its natural norms. This recorded webinar explores these notions of Jing & Mai.


  • The practitioner to develop his/her art.

  • Invigorates his/her thought.

  • Raises his/her vision and conduct.

  • The practitioner to have a stronger understanding of the concepts of Jing & Mai, and how they can be utilized to benefit treatment outcomes.

  • The practitioner will understand the history and sources of the Jing & Mai in Classical texts and its modern implications.


  • 0 hrs - 15 min

    Introduction - Presentation of the Chinese Jing character. Explore the concept with an analogy on the River and Meridians. Can river stop? Jing, the Channels or Meridians are the norms that structure all forms of circulation in the body and control the flow of Qi.

  • 15 min - 30 min

    Reference to Lingshu12 - Expansion on the 5 Zang and 6 Fu correlation with the flows. What is usually in Excess? What is usually in Deficiency? By drawing the Kidney, do we reverse the flow? Should it be the Liver which should be tamed? Illustration of Yin and Yang meridians pathways.

  • 30 min - 45 min

    Presentation of the 4 cardinals movements referenced to Lunshu 16 and 38. Illustration to the “Yang ascending” movement of the Yin starting from Earth and the “Yin movement” of the Yang descending from Heaven. Illustration the Bia/Li (inner-Outer) movement. Reference to Nanjing 8 as 12 meridians are connected to the source of vital Qi.

  • 45 min - 1 hrs

    Presentation of the Chinese Mai character. Translated as Vessel, Vital circulation, Pulse sounds like distinct meaning that we should not try to separate but bring to it the same aspect. An analogy of the river flowing uninterrupted. What is river flow on earth is blood circulation on humans (Guanzi 39)? Earth QI emerge in Pulsation “Mai”. (Quotation from Guoyu-Zhouyu 1-6).

  • 1 hrs - 1.25 hrs

    Analogy of Blood circulation “Xie Mai” and Qi circulation “Qi mai” which brings the notion of movement and rhythm, Yin-Yang-Qi and Qi & Blood. Water in the river is not the river, the river is moving water. Pulse and flowing have no distinction. All organs contribute to the richness and dynamism of unity of blood & Qi. Present the non-dissociation of Blood and Qi. Illustrate the interaction between the Master of Blood (Heart) and the Master of Qi (Lung) (Lingshu 10). Movement in the Mai is more important than substance. Present the Non-dissociation of Mai & Substance and River & Flowing and Pulse & Movement.

  • 1.25 hrs - 1.5 hrs

    Reference and presentation on how the heart treasures the vital circulation which is the dwelling place of the spirit (Lingshu 8). An expansion, on how it is imbalances, and not the vessels, which causes blood to leave its circulation path. Emphasis on subtleties instead of the substances. “Qi Mai” is not only a movement but also a rhythm. For all correlation of Yin & Yang and Qi, there will be an equivalence in Qi & Blood. The balance between Qi & Blood will be the source of harmony. Mai Fu is the palace depository of Blood. Mai is one of the Extraordinary Fu (Sunwen 11). The dwelling place of the blood is the blood is the dwelling place of the spirit. (Lingshu 8). Expansion and refers to the role of Heart and Lung and how they interact with one another.


  • Nicola B. (Canada)

    This is an exceptional course, presented by one of the best living teachers of classical Chinese medicine. The course has closed captions of the narrative, and illustrated Chinese characters on screen along with downloadable comprehensive handouts, so is engaging & illuminating for practitioners, from the newly graduated to those, like me, with 40+ years in practice. Beyond information about the specific topic, you will gather transferable skills in your understanding of classical Chinese mind, and medical theory/practice. I, unreservedly, recommend Elisabeth Rochat as a teacher of any course, irrespective of your lineage of clinical practice. Niki B (Canada)

  • Jane O. (Canada)

    Elisabeth is such an inspiration with her considerable knowledge and clarity. It is a privilege to hear her.


Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallée

TCM academic and historian, Elisabeth Rochat has specialized in both medical and philosophical Classics in her 40+ years career. She co-authored 'A Survey of Chinese Medicine' and continues to teach about the Classics of TCM internationally.


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    Approved By: IVAS (1.5), Standard Certificate (1.5), NCCAOM (1.5), Florida (1.5)

    Pending: California [Upon Request]*

  • Language: English

  • Course Type: Studio Recording

  • Course Length: 1.5 h

  • Course Notes: Notes are provided with this course.

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