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Structuring a Fertile Metabolism: Sheng & Ke Cycle Treatment Strategies


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Please note this course is no longer approved for California acupuncture CEUs.

If you need live California acupuncture CEUs, check out our upcoming live webinars and for on-demand distance courses approved by California, please visit our CAB approval page.

We chose not to renew this course for California Acupuncture CEUs. However, this course is approved by other CEU regulatory bodies.  Please check our approved by tab for approval details.


In this course we will look in detail at the structure of the Sheng & Ke Cycles, the 5 Phases, a foundation theory of Chinese medicine.

The energetic interplay of the 12 channel systems in the context of Sheng & Ke cycle structure are a dynamic diagnostic tool. We will look at the way that pulse diagnosis can teach us to understand the connections between the 12 channel systems and help us to effectively recognise where there is a breakdown in the cycles, and we will discuss at length way that acupuncture can be used to reinstate full and appropriate communication between the 12 channels.

The Sheng & Ke relationships are the foundation to our energetic communication. Repairing full connection and flow within the context of this intrinsic structure can give us a solid foundation to generate much more effective use of pattern and syndrome diagnosis and treatment.

We will consider the historical aspect of this theory and how the changes in Chinese medicine during the PRC era affected the teaching and use of this theory.

We will consider the translation of acupuncture to the West in the 1960’s and 70’s, and how JR Worsley developed a modern theory based on this intrinsic structure and effectively co-opted the use of the phrase ‘5 Element’.

Understanding the use of Sheng & Ke cycles is about much more than just the theory of ‘CF’ and the use of colour, sound odour and emotion as a diagnostic tool. In this course we will consider the use of the Sheng & Ke cycle theory separately from the Worsley theory of CF.


  • An overview of the historical context of the movement of Chinese medicine into the West, and the variance of lineage of teaching styles.
  • Discussion of the importance of how we name and frame these various approaches to the use of acupuncture.
  • Understanding the theoretical structure of the Sheng & Ke Cycles in relation to channel structure and communication, and the use of the 5 Transporting Points.
  • Discussion of the importance of pulse diagnosis and channel palpation in respect of diagnosing channel flow.
  • Discussion of the listed treatment strategies and their relation to the Sheng & Ke cycle theory, in particular transfer treatments using the 5 Transporting Points



Part 1 Historical context of the use of the 5 Elements, and the historical context of the transference of acupuncture to the West

  • History of 5 phases in Chinese Medicine
  • Translation of Chinese Medicine to the West
  • Influence of PRC on TCM
  • The UK ‘feud’ and it’s translation to America
  • The Semantics of Language
  • The Worsley Theory of CF
  • Pattern and Syndrome Diagnosis
  • Channel Theory
  • Japanese Meridian Theory

Part 2 Chinese Theory Models for Treatment Strategies

  • Eight Extraordinary Vessels
  • Channels and Collaterals & the Six Divisions
  • Entry/Exit Points
  • Horary Points / Open Points
  • The 5 Shu-Transporting Points
  • Palpation / Pulse Diagnosis
  • Double Fire

Part 3 Clinical Use of the Sheng & Ke Cycle Theory

  • Sheng & Ke Cycle Theory
  • Element Associations
  • Five Spirits
  • Transfer Treatments
  • AE (Worsley Protocol)
  • Quantum Biology

Jani White is a writer and lecturer, an acupuncturist, doula and antenatal teacher with over 24 years’ experience of UK maternity and gynaecology services.

In London she practices in Mayfair and Harley St, and runs both a Fertility & Pregnancy clinic as well as a dedicated Men’s Health Clinic for reproductive, sexual and uro-genital issues.

Jani teaches extensively in Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Fertility, and Andrology, both nationally and internationally, based from the MA degree program she wrote for Oxford Brookes University. She is the Founder and was Chair of the Acupuncture Fertility Network (AFN) 2006-2014, and she set up and chaired ACT London (Acupuncture for Childbirth Team) 2006-2013.

She also teaches courses for midwives and fertility practitioners, as well as teaching fertility awareness and antenatal classes for prospective and expecting couples.

Jani has supported hundreds of couples through their pre-conception, assisted conception, pregnancies and childbirths and has attended many labours, at home, in community units, at midwife-led units and in hospital. Jani has extensive experience of high risk pregnancies.

Jani strongly advocates an integrated approach to treatment and her company Naturechild is dedicated to providing quality integrated education, emphasising the balance between Safe Practice, Informed Choice and Supportive Care.

She is currently writing a 4-book series called ‘The Fertile Fizz’.

Jani is also one of the international speakers at the 2015 Integrative Fertility Symposium in Vancouver, Canada.

$125.00 USD

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