David Hartmann

Acupuncture point combinations for the Heart Shen, Seven Emotions, Five Spirits and Five Element Archetypes

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My name is David Hartmann and I am an acupuncturist and Chinese medicine practitioner that lives in Brisbane, Australia. I have been practicing since 1997 and upgraded my qualifications with a Masters of Acupuncture in 2009. A PhD is pending.

I am a contract academic at Endeavour College of Natural Health, where I lecture students in a Bachelor of Chinese Medicine degree.

I’m a keen researcher and writer and have recently written a textbook for the publishing company Singing Dragon titled 'The Principles and Practical Application of Acupuncture Point Combinations'. This has been slated for release in August/September 2019. Prior to that I have also had a textbook titled 'Acupoint Dictionary 2e' published by Elsevier Churchill Livingstone in 2009.

I have presented at conferences in the USA, Germany and Australia as well as done stand-alone seminars in the USA, The Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand. I have a wealth of knowledge in the field of Chinese medicine and am forever researching and learning new things. I also have a special interest in anything philosophical; Western or Eastern; ancient or modern. Interestingly, I am also currently writing an historical fiction piece with philosophy front and centre to the storyline.

I have a blog site where I write my research results down, as well as some of my philosophical musings. I also have a website in production.


Acupuncture Point Combinations for the Heart Shén, Seven Emotions, Five Spirits and Five Element Archetypes

When I graduated at the end of 1996 and started treating patients full-time, I didn’t get patients coming to see me for emotional imbalances. In fact, the most common disorders I saw were musculoskeletal; mostly necks and low back problems. To be fair, they are still the two most common disorders I see in clinic. It seems like not much has changed in over 20 years.

But something definitely has and that is the increased number of patients wanting treatment for emotional imbalances. Not just women either, I’m getting plenty of men who are opening up and wanting treatment for a range of emotional disorders including, but not limited to, depression, anger, anxiety and phobias.

What I find disappointing though is that the literature and textbooks haven’t kept up with this trend, and so we, as Chinese medicine practitioners, find ourselves in a bit of a bind. We have patients wanting treatment for emotional disorders, but we have limited literature to teach us what to do; particularly for some of the more obscure emotions outside of the standard seven.

This workshop is, therefore, the gap filler. I will start with a discussion on the Wu Xing/Five Element Archetypes and Wu Shen/Five Spirits. Having an understanding of how our patients tick on the inside will help us understand them more when they emote certain ways.

We will then review the Heart Shen before progressing through ten emotions. Each will be defined with an outline of the key organs/elements affected to follow. Typical Zang Fu patterns will be discussed, along with a general acupuncture point combination. An explanation for why the points were chosen will also be included.

Case studies will be discussed and practical demonstrations will be shown. Lastly, a few special acupuncture point combinations will be analysed in the treatment of emotions and the five spirits.

If you treat patients with emotions, or find the topic interesting, join me for this amazing workshop!