Qiological Live
Recognizing & Treating Depressive Heat

In Chinese Medicine we recognize two basic types of heat: deficiency-heat and excess-heat. Deficiency-heat is of course simply heat from yin-deficiency, but excess-heat has numerous etiologies, and arguably, one of the most common etiologies is stagnation. Heat from stagnation, which is seen in the clinic virtually every day, is called “yu re” stasis-heat, or “yu huo” stasis-fire, (also translated at constrained-heat, depressed-heat, heat from stagnation, etc.) differentiating this from other forms of heat is vitally important as the treatment is nuanced. Simply “clearing heat” easily results in more harm than good. Fortunately, Nei Jing Su Wen 74 tells us how to treat stasis-heat: “when there is fire constraint, disperse it.”

In this highly practical course we will discuss the etiology, pathomechanism, diagnosis, and treatment of stasis-heat so that you can effectively identify and treat this common pathology. We will draw from classical source material, discuss theoretical fundamentals, learn to identify common signs and symptoms, including pulse diagnosis, and discuss treatment strategies and herb formulas. Finally we will analyze case studies to help illustrate and tie it all together so you can immediately apply what you’ve learned in the clinic.


In this real time event we will
  • Explore the etiology and pathomechanism of stasis-heat
  • Identify stasis-heat in the clinic using the 4-methods of examination
  • Grasp and utilize the fundamental principles guiding the treatment of stasis-heat
  • Prescribe Chinese herbs to effectively treat stasis-heat

You’ll have lifetime access to the recording of this Qiological Live seminar

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Live event fee $35, length 90 minutes


Saturday February 5, 2022
9am Pacific • 10am Mountain • 11am Central • 12pm Eastern

In stasis-heat, stagnation is primary and heat is secondary. Therefore, treatment must address the stagnation and its causes

Your Instructor For This Class

Greg Livingston

I began my studies of Chinese medicine in California in 1994 but knew immediately that I wanted to study in China after graduation. Ultimately, I spent over ten years in China where I earned a PhD done entirely in Chinese with a focus on Shang Han Lun, obtained a license to practice Chinese medicine and built a busy practice in Hangzhou and Shanghai, followed experienced doctors in the clinic, met wonderful people (including Michael Max!), visited amazing places, ate delectable food, and generally had a life-altering experience.

In 2013 I moved to Portland, Oregon, to take up a full-time faculty position at OCOM and open a private practice. Turns out I’m pretty good at explaining things and because I have tons of clinical experience and, thanks to my teachers, some amazing knowledge to share, students often tell me they learn so much and love my classes. That’s been humbling and gratifying. Now I’m focused on developing highly practical continuing education material for the Chinese medicine community in the West so we can all go rock it in the clinic!