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Wu Shen, the Five Spirits, make up the Taoist map of the human psyche. The system provides a mythical view of the nervous system and forms the basis of Chinese medical psychology. The Five Spirits also describe a precise and efficient technology for psycho-spiritual transformation. While this ancient system is recognized by scholars as an integral part of the cannon of Taoist and traditional Chinese medical literature, it is under-emphasized in standard TCM curriculum.
In this workshop, I will draw from translations of classical texts, etymological interpretations of ancient characters, close readings of Taoist alchemical treatises, and clinical examples from my practice of Alchemical Acupuncture in order to deepen our understanding of the Five Spirits and the unique insights they offer us about the true meaning of health.


  1. Be introduced to the theory and understand the clinical value of the system of wu shen: the Five Spirits
  2. Learn to recognize diagnostic indicators for shen diisturbances and specific strategies for each spirit
  3. Learn basic therapeutic responses to specific shen disturbances including spirit points, essential oils and flower essences


  • Introduction to Wu Shen
  • The five attributes of the Shen
  • Identifying and treating Shen Disturbances

Lorie Dechar


Lorie Eve Dechar's intuitive work as an alchemical healer, mentor and teacher is supported by a strong foundation of theoretical understanding and clinical experience, including twenty-six years of Chinese medical practice, twelve years as a senior faculty member at the Tri-State College of Acupuncture in New York City as well as years of teaching at institutes and retreat centers throughout the United States, Canada and the U.K. Lorie is the author of Five Spirits: Alchemical Acupuncture for Psychological and Spiritual Healing. She holds a Master's Degree in Acupuncture from the Traditional Acupuncture Institute in Columbia, MD, 1985. Lorie has trained in Jungian and Gestalt psychotherapy, is a certified Focusing-oriented psychotherapist, and has become recognized as a modern interpreter of classical Taoist practice. and

Lorie Dechar