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This course will investigate the use of the 8 Extras and the Luo Vessels to support the conscious choice to parent. Based on the teachlngs of Sun Si Miao and his expansion of the concept of 'nurturing life' (Yang Shen), we approach the philosophy of conscious parenting from the perspective of a woman's capacity to embrace the archetype of motherhood.

This includes self-knowledge and surrender to the inevitability of the transition from selfishness to selflessness. Starting with conception, and moving through the early post partum period, topics will include the 7/8-year cycles of Jing from an archetypal perspective, choices in childbirth and impediments to those choices.

We will discuss strategies for the practitioner to guide their patients in creating an empowered birth plan. We will explore treatment options using these powerful vessels to facilitate a mental and emotional environment conducive to optimal birth outcomes, and a healthy neo-natal period. We will examine common medical practices in the maternal/fetal health system, and their impact on birth outcomes in the United States.

  • Introduction: Conscious parenting and Sun Si Miao's concept of Yang Shen
  • The 8 Extras & the maternal archetype, the 7/8-year cycles of Jing
  • The birth plan: choices in childbirth and impediments to choices in childbirth/8 Extra & Luo Vessel treatment protocols
  • More treatments, common medical interventions and treatment strategies for recovery, conclusion, Q&A

Laura Erlich, LAc, FABORM, has practiced Integrative Chinese Medicine since 2007, in West Los Angeles and Silver Lake, CA. She also maintains a labor support practice, having accompanied hundreds of women through the journey of pregnancy and childbirth as a doula.

Laura is the founder and owner of Mother Nurture Wellness, a clinic dedicated to supporting women through the journey of fertility, the childbearing cycle and all areas of health and wellness. Her areas of specialty include women’s health, fertility enhancement (with or without ART), conscious conception, prenatal and post-partum care, gynecological disorders and menopause. In addition to practicing, Laura is passionate about teaching and writing. She offers continuing education courses on infertility, obstetrics and women’s health to acupuncturists all over the world through Healthy Seminars, in person at her clinic, and to the doctoral cohort at Yo San University.

Laura offers a 6 month Fertility Mentorship through Healthy Seminars as well. Through this mentorship, participants can gain confidence and deep insight into both eastern and western approaches to the treatment of infertility, with an emphasis on integrating holistic and allopathic modalities.

She is the co-author of Feed Your Fertility, a guide to optimizing fertility through nutrition and Chinese Medicine, with Emily Bartlett, LAc, (Fair Winds Press 2015). You can also find her writings through multiple guest blog posts and her website,

While out of the office, Laura enjoys a great life with her wonderful husband and son.

Laura presented at the 2015 Integrative Fertility Symposium in Vancouver, Canada.

Dr. Farrell has been practicing and teaching Chinese Medicine and Channel Theory since 1996.

She directs her teaching towards the empowerment of students with the hope that they will embody the spiritual aspects of Chinese Medicine and make them their own. Dr. Farrell believes that self-cultivation, self-knowledge and critical thinking are essential in developing capacity as a practitioner of Chinese Medicine. To that end, she teaches dynamic, informative and thought-provoking live CEU courses and webinars through LA Herbs and Acupuncture and Healthy Seminars.

Yvonne earned her doctoral degree in 2007. Her first book, "Psycho-Emotional Pain and the Eight Extraordinary Vessels" was published by Singing Dragon in 2016.


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As always I am so very impressed and grateful to these wonderful women for their knowledge and wisdom. It helps that their approach lines up very nicely with mine! They are such a mine of information, which is conveyed so clearly and effectively. ~ Jan

This course was heavy on philosophy and how to counsel patients, more than how to practice our acupuncture skills. The clinical application was scattered in in an unpredictable way. The quiz, on the other hand, was heavy on specifics of points, which would have been interesting to me, but it was not easy to locate point discussions or discussion of the different 8 extra meridians, apart from ren and du, which were discussed. ~ Daphne

I always really enjoy Yvonne's lectures. So much good info and so
easy to listen too. Thank you. I also really enjoyed her partnership with
Laura. Laura is great too!

As a practitioner who gave birth to my three children at home and who facilitated a mother/baby support group for six years, I loved the emphasis on empowering women in their journey to become mothers, despite our culture's lack of support in this area!!

And, because I didn't learn much about the 8 Extra Channels or the Luo
Vessels while in school, I appreciated learning more about those and the
types of situations in which to use them.
~ Johanna U

Great class! Only wonderful things to reflect.

Excellent in so many ways: great information and knowledge, and Laura and Yvonne clearly speak from experience in this field.
~ Ross

Loved the class

I was very impressed by the back ground theory that was provided and thoroughly enjoyed the depth of the presentation. I now have a new perspective my approach to patient cases and more tools to work with. Thank you!
~ Mylinh N