École Européenne d'Acupuncture


The European School of Acupuncture Webinars

Our new Live streaming platform allows us to broadcast interactively teachings in English to students and followers all over the world. During the lectures, participants can engage in chat to post comments, ask questions and generally communicate with the lecturer or among themselves.

Registration and payment are made online here  , and registered participants will receive by e-mail the link and the password to join the live lectures.

Handouts are provided to participants with the Chinese texts to be studied. Note that it is not necessary to know Chinese to follow the lectures.

Each course is recorded and available to the registered students in unlimited access (in online format only) to review and learn for as long as it is on our platform.

Our aim is to have all courses certified for credits (CEU, PDA and others), but this will be done on a case by case basis. Please check each webinar's details.

Upcoming Webinar
  • Ji 幾 Incipience or the Infinitesimally Small
    May 11, 2020 (1.5 CEU/PDA)

JI 幾 Incipience or The Infinitesimally Small
Monday, May 11, 2020

90 minutes, at 12:30 pm PDT
(3:30 pm EDT, 9:30 pm CEST/Paris).

Lecturer : Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallée
Dean of Studies of the European School of Acupuncture

CEUs/PDAs : 1.5 (pending)

Cost : $30 ($50 for course and CEUs)


The contemporary Chinese philosopher Zhang Dainian says:
"Although ‘transformation’ can be distinguished from ’change’ by the degree of variation, the Great Commentary had a further term for speaking of the initial tendency to change that is even more minute than ‘transformation’. The term in question is ’incipience’ or ‘impetus’."

Ji 幾 is always the almost imperceptible beginning of movements of the mind or body that determines the direction to be taken by the course of events. In the book of Change (Yijing), penetrating incipience is a profound insight into the changes of everything, it is the first emergence of good fortune.

The sages scrutinize incipience to start any action; thus they manage properly the affairs of the world and their behavior is perfect. Incipience is the critical point at which one’s direction toward good or evil is set.

Those penetrating incipience see where all phenomena and events come from and foresee their developments; they know the intrinsic causes of change in things.

Incipience is the passage from the formless, that which is hidden and not yet manifest, to the form, that which has already started to become a specific thing, a phenomenon, an event.

The art of the great practitioner lies in the ability to grasp these passages, to perceive the imperceptible beginning of a disorder, to anticipate its potential development by understanding correctly the smallest signs. Then one is able to make a subtle diagnosis and to treat before the disease has settled in deeply.

Learning objectives:

  • To enhance the awareness of the practitioner during the clinical exam and the establishment of the diagnosis.
  • To highlight the importance of apprehending a disorder at its beginning and of paying attention to the smallest sign or symptom.
  • To prevent the progress of the patient's disease.

Completed Webinars

Qing Zhuo 清濁 - Clear and Turbid
according to Laozi's Daodejing 道德經 (The Book of the Way and its Potency)

(Ended February 10, 2020)

In traditional Chinese cosmology, clear qing 清 and turbid zhuo 濁 are the two fundamental qualities that initially emerge from undifferentiated primordial matter. They form a yin–yang pair. Opposite yet complementary, they exist neither in isolation nor as pure terms: they are relative qualities within a process.
In Chinese medicine, 'clear' and 'turbid' are also important notions that depend on the context.

The Way of Water or the Strength of Weakness
according to Laozi's Daodejing 道德經 (The Book of the Way and its Potency)

(Ended October 7, 2019)

Images of water permeate the Daodejing with metaphors that show how suppleness, apparent weakness, and the ability to yield and to endure can overcome force and violence. 'The strength of weakness' is presented as a way to succeed and to nurture life, for which one must shift internally and adopt another view on human relationships and on how life proceeds. When this change is achieved, 'The Way of Water' reveals its richness and its marvelous efficiency, leading us close to the source of life.