The Qi Jing Ba Mai, or Eight Extraordinary Channels, are the basic template of life, regulating physical, mental and spiritual development from creation to death.

The Qi Jing Ba Mai also protect the body during times of abrupt and unforeseen illnesses, which cannot be dealt with through the regular channel network; as written in the classics:

"When the network vessels (the main and connecting channels) are filled to overflowing, the perverse Qi is diverted to the Extraordinary Channels… thus the person is saved from certain death." (Nan Jing 27)

This system can save us from "certain death", but at the cost of stagnation of perverse Qi within the extraordinary channels, creating deep and chronic imbalances between Ying Qi and Wei Qi. These are the autoimmune diseases, where the body attacks itself.

The seminar will explore the pathogenesis and treatment of autoimmune disorders including unique diagnostic and needling techniques for the eight extraordinary channels, the energetics of points, internal pathways connecting the channels, and specific protocols for treatment.


  1. Participants will learn the importance of the eight extraordinary channels in the pathophysiology of autoimmune diseases.
  2. Participants will learn energetics and indications for choosing different points on the channels.
  3. Participants will learn specific methods of diagnosis pertaining to the extraordinary channels.
  4. Treatment strategies and point combinations for selected diseases and symptoms will be given.


  • Introduction
  • Overview of the Ba Mai 
  • Discussion of selected points
  • Methods of diagnosis
  • Treatment strategies and point combinations
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