Japanese Abdominal Diagnosis: Fukushin

Kumiko Shirai
Kumiko Shirai

10 Online Classes + 3 Live Q+A Sessions
Optional 16 Hour Hands on Workshop
(Portland, OR and Amherst, MA)

Online Course begins 8/30/2023
In – Person Trainings TBA

37 total credits NCCAOM (Provider #287) and California
(Pending for Course 1, Sharon Weizenbaum Provider #679)

Japanese abdominal diagnosis or Fukushin is the diagnostic art developed in medieval Japan (Edo period 1603-1867 CE) based on the classical writings by Zhang Zhongjing. Careful inspection of the Shanghan Zabing Lun reveals countless references to abdominal conditions that could only have been diagnosed by actual palpation of the abdomen. The skill however never fully developed in China but flourished in Japan. Throughout history, two major schools and types of abdominal diagnosis developed; Nanjing and Shanghan Lun schools, which respectively diagnose the abdomen in service of either acupuncture or meridian treatment, and herbal treatment.

The purpose of this class is to improve practitioners’ clinical skills to diagnose. They will learn to match abdominal findings with herbal prescriptions.

Cost for the Entire Course

  • General Public / White Pine Circle Members: $1,600.00 or $1,200 for online only

  • Inner Circle Member: $1,420.00 or $1,020.00 for online only

  • GMP 2023 Students: $1,120.00 or $720.00 for online only


Introduction to Fukushin

7 credits NCCAOM (Provider #278) and California (Pending for Course 1 #679)

  • Class 1: 8/ 30 from 12 – 2:30 pm EST History of Fukushin, Kanpo (Kampo), Japanese scholars, and Japanese cultural concept of the abdomen. Function of six conformation and its map reflected on the abdomen.
  • Class 2 (pre-recorded) : Released 9/13 
    13 pathological abdominal findings and herbal methods to treat each pattern.
  • Class 3 (pre-recorded) : Released 9/27
    How to palpate the abdomen: video of palpation sequence and technique. Learn how to chart abdominal findings.


General Public / WPC Member: $450.00
Inner Circle Members: $382.50
GMP 2023 Students: $270.00

Part B
Shang Han Lun & Jin Gui Yao Lue Formulas and Abdominal Patterns

10 credits NCCAOM (Provider #278) and California (Pending for Course 1 #679)

  • Class 4 (pre-recorded) : Released 10/11
    Formulas that treat abdominal fullness and emptiness.
  • Class 5 (pre-recorded) : Released 10/25 
    Formulas that treat epigastric congestion, hardness and resistance. Formulas that treat subcostal distention, fullness, and resistance.
  • Class 6 (pre-recorded) : Released 11/8 
    Formulas that treat water sound. Formulas that treat rectus abdominus muscle tightness.
  • Class 7 (pre-recorded) : Released 11/29 
    Formulas that treat pulsations.
  • Class 8 (pre-recorded) : Released 12/13 
    Formulas that treat blood stasis, pain, peri-umbilical hardness and lower abdominal hardness.


General Public/ WPC Member: $650.00
Inner Circle Members: $552.50
GMP 2023 Students: $390.00

Part C
Review and Case Presentations

4 credits NCCAOM (Provider #278) and California (Pending for Course 1 #679)

  • Class 9 (pre-recorded) : Released 12/27 Questions and discussions. Review of the entire class, discuss what to treat first when many abdominal findings are found.
  • Class 10 (pre-recorded) : Released 1/3
    Students will be encouraged to present cases they posted on Canvas if they would like my feedback. Students continue to share cases and teacher’s clinical cases.


General Public / WPC Member: $300.00
Inner Circle Members: $255.00
GMP 2023 Students: $180.00



Classes can be attended live or watched as video recordings.
Students will retain access to the video recordings once the course has concluded.

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