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Happy Hour with Greg Livingston

  • 23 Jan 2020
  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Kells Irish Pub


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Happy Hour
with Greg A. Livingston, PhD (China), LAc

Chronic disease enters the luo/collateral vessels ("jiu bing ru luo" 久病入絡):
pulse diagnosis, luo-vessel herbs, and the treatment of
chronic and stubborn conditions

The theory that untreated or improperly-treated pathogen can work its way deep into the body was first recorded in the Huang Di Nei Jing. Many years later, in the 18th century, Ye Tian-Shi coined a short phrase to simply express the idea: "chronic disease enters the luo/collaterals". In this course we will explore the clinical significance of this theory, how it relates to chronic and stubborn illness, how to use the pulse and other methods to diagnosis luo-vessel disorders, and how to treat them with herbs that enter and guide to the luo vessels. This course is designed to give you practical tools that can be immediately applied in your practice to improve outcomes with stubborn and difficult cases.


Dr. Greg Livingston is unique amongst Chinese Medicine practitioners in the West, having completed a Chinese Medicine PhD in China, entirely in Chinese, and being one of the few Westerners licensed to practice Chinese Medicine in China, where he spent over ten years as a student, teacher, and Chinese Medicine physician. Dr. Livingston has over 20 years of clinical experience specializing in general internal medicine with an emphasis on cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. He especially enjoys working with individuals who suffer from complex conditions and who have had limited success with other health care providers. Treatment of stubborn and difficult conditions is a challenge well suited to his strong clinical background.

Dr. Livingston left China and relocated to Portland, Oregon in 2013. He is a core faculty member at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM), and maintains a private practice at Root and Branch Clinic at in SW Portland’s Multnomah Village.


Course Outline 

  • Introduction to the luo vessels and the meaning of "jiu bing ru luo"
  • Discussion about the relationship of "jiu bing ru luo" to chronic and stubborn diseases
  • Common signs and symptoms associated with "jiu bing ru luo"
  • "Jiu bing ru luo" and pulse diagnosis
  • Luo-vessel herbs and major herb formulas
  • Case studies

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