Heart Protection and Connection 

Wednesday, March 6, 2024
6pm - 8pm Eastern


Wednesday, March 13, 2024
6pm - 8pm Eastern


Daoist Traditions College
382 Montford Ave, Asheville NC, 28801 

Heart Connection and Protection

Elisabeth Rochat

de la Vallée

(Recording available for 1-week*)

4 PDA's 

Wednesday March 6, 6-8pm eastern

Wednesday March 13, 6-8pm eastern

(NCCAOM & California applied*)

In Chinese medicine, the heart presents a double aspect; it is the sovereign, the great master of my life, in fact my life itself or myself. The heart is the unity of all functions, physiological as well as psychological or mental, of all emotions and sense organs. It is the Oneness of all that constitutes an “I.” The heart’s specific function is protection and connection (xin bao luo), usually (but not accurately) translated as “pericardium.” We'll examine this function in classical Chinese medicine, how it differs from the sovereign while remaining totally dependent on and at the service of the sovereign.

This class will analyze its relationship with blood and qi, and its regular flow to all parts of the body, with the organs and pathways, with emotions and the working of the mind. Students will learn the difference between its channel - called Xinzhu or hand Jueyin - and the channel that expresses the function of the heart as sovereign (hand Shaoyin). The class will also discuss the relations between the function of the heart protection and connection and the sea of qi in the center of the chest (Danzhong). The purpose of this class is to give a better and clearer understanding of the differences between the sovereign and the ministerial fires, as well as the qualities and specific features of the heart protection and connection. The class will provide a more accurate clinical approach of the Heart and a more efficient use of the points of the two fire meridians. The class is based on a careful reading and understanding of the classical Chinese medicine texts. 

* NCCAOM provider #1278. This course has applied for 4 ceus in Category 1 with the California Acupuncture Board under provider number 0666.  Must attend in real time to earn a certificate.  Each course day will earn a seperate 2-hour NCCAOM certificate. 

* 1 week access to course recording begins immediately after course concludes. The recording will expire on March 13, 2024 at midnight eastern.  We are not able to respond to requests for extended access. 

Payment methods: Paypal or check. Checks can be accepted until February 29, 2024.  Checks will not be accepted after this date. Check should be mailed to Daoist Traditions College, 382 Montford Ave, Asheville, NC 28801. Your seat is not reserved until payment is received in full and must be received prior to class attendance. 

We offer a 50% refund for cancellations completed 30 days or more before class. Cancellations made from 29 to 15 days in advance will be offered a 25% refund. We are unable to offer refunds for cancellations made less than 15 days in advance.

Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallée studied philosopy, literature and classics at Paris University where she completed her Master's degree in Classics and in Philosophy, and then in Chinese. 

In the early, 1970's, Ms. Elisabeth Rochat embarked on her study of Chinese medicine, and together with Dr. Schatz and Father Larre, began the first study group of the classical medical texts in Paris. This lead to the founding of the European School of Acupuncture in Paris in 1976. Ms. Rochat continues to teach worldwide, working with both medical and philosophical Classics. She believes that the real knowledge of the Chinese vision of life is useful not only to understand Chinese medicine from a scholarly point of view, but also to deepen one’s practical approach and clinical skill.