Japanese Abdominal Diagnosis: Fukushin

White Pine Circle
White Pine Circle

10 Online Classes and
16 Hour Hands on Workshop
(Portland, OR and Amherst, MA)

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 (2.5 hrs) May 10 : 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 (2.5 hrs) May 24 : 13 pathological abdominal findings and herbal methods to treat each pattern.
  • Class 3 (2 hrs) June 7 : How to palpate the abdomen: video of palpation sequence and technique. Learn how to chart abdominal findings.


General Public: $450.00
WPC 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 June 21 (2 hours) : Formulas that treat abdominal fullness and emptiness.
  • Class 5 July 12 (2 hours): Formulas that treat epigastric congestion, hardness and resistance. Formulas that treat subcostal distention, fullness, and resistance.
  • Class 6 July 26 (2 hours) : Formulas that treat water sound. Formulas that treat rectus abdominus muscle tightness.
  • Class 7 August 9 (2 hours) : Formulas that treat pulsations.
  • Class 8 August 23 (2 hours) : Formulas that treat blood stasis, pain, peri-umbilical hardness and lower abdominal hardness.


General Public: $650.00
WPC 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 September 13 (2 hours) : Questions and discussions. Review of the entire class, discuss what to treat first when many abdominal findings are found.
  • Class 10 September 27 (2 hours) : 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: $300.00
WPC Members: $255.00
GMP 2023 Students: $180.00



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