Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis is an exquisite and sophisticated means of understanding the whole person and provides incredible insight into your patients.

follow us:


Reading material

Latest information

Home Contact Us
Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Stumble Upon Share on Google Bookmarks Share on Digg Share on Reddit Share on Newsvine
Dragon Rises Seminars: Shen-Hammer Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis

The Shen-Hammer system of pulse diagnosis draws on the classical traditions of Chinese medicine. However, it also benefits from centuries of development within the oral traditions of Chinese medicine, and as a result this pulse system has evolved considerably.

Students of many different schools of acupuncture theory and practice have found this method of pulse diagnosis to be compatible with, and useful in, their own practices.

This system is organized so that the most easily accessible information can be applied by the beginner, even before he or she has the experience to read the deeper subtleties of the pulse.

In these videos Dr. Hammer explains about structural blocks to treatment, and demonstrates two versions of his method for treating ‘Long Leg’, as well as revealing how he treats vertebral misalignment by correcting spinal subluxations and fixations using acupuncture.

An absolute clinical gem, graciously offered to the Chinese medicine community by Dr. Hammer.



Dr. Hammer video

Video lesson with Dr. Leon Hammer

Learning Pulse Diagnosis

History of the Shen-Hammer System of Pulse Diagnosis

My initial appreciation of the role of the heart, in this instance the valves of the heart, in mental-emotional illness occurred in medical school, since in biomedicine at that time the prolapse of the mitral valve was associated with panic attacks and phobias. Therefore it was a simple cognitive step from that information to identifying other aspects of Heart function, the orifices in Chinese medicine, with psychological conditions. My work with my teacher, Dr John H.F. Shen, and his emphasis on the relationship of the heart valves and vessels to mental-emotional issues reinforced that initial connection with the concept and clinical reality of ‘Phlegm misting the orifices’.


When encountering a slippery quality at the mitral valve position according to the Shen-Hammer pulse system we discovered that in all instances allopathic medicine had identified a ‘mitral valve prolapse’. All of these patients presented with moderate to severe emotional problems. Furthermore and as important, when I employed the aromatic herbs described in my paper Awareness I found remarkable resolutions of the symptoms ascribed to ‘Phlegm misting the orifices’ in Chinese medicine, as well as the panic and phobias associated with `mitral valve prolapse’.

Phlegm Misting-Disturbing the Orifices and Mitral Valve Prolapse

Mental-Emotional Problems and the Mitral Valve

To help students of Dr Hammer’s work stay in touch we have developed an online community forum. Here students can discuss the experiences they have in their practices and certified teachers can provide the latest information on the Shen-Hammer system of Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis.

Latest article by Dr Leon Hammer , M.D.

History of Shen-Hammer Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis Study Shen-Hammer Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis Modern practice and Shen-Hammer Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis

Discussion forum

Online community forum of Dragon Rises Seminars and Shen-Hammer Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis

This is a site all about chinese pulse diagnosis, particularly the shen hammer system of contemporary chinese pulse diagnosis and the work of Dr Leon Hammer and Dr John Shen. You will find information on the history of the shen-hammer system of contemporary chinese pulse diagnosis, studying it with certified instructors, seminars, workshops and classes, and links to information about some of Dr Hammer’s other work, such as contemporary oriental medicine, asking diagnosis, and his college: Dragon Rises College of Contemporary Oriental Medicine.