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

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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

I have been a physician for sixty-one years, during which time I directed many drug-abuse councils and worked with thousands of addicted young people as a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst.

I have been opposed to the ‘war on drugs’ as misguided and doomed to fail, and do not believe it will assess, define or control the drug plague of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. I am in favor of medical-marijuana under medical supervision. I am against police action, and for education, however slow.

Nevertheless, I wish to register my experience with marijuana over these years: it is a substance that causes extreme functional destruction, though its noticeable effects may be subtle.

Subtly destructive how? Marijuana allows people to make extensive, sometimes unrealistic, and even grandiose plans for their life, and robs them of the ability to realize these plans. They are often left with a life filled with excellent designs, but without the will or energy to execute such plans, or to make decisions and follow them through.

Among so many people - clients, friends and acquaintances - I have seen lives lived in fantasy and futility, in many degrees of severity and with endless energy-depleting maneuvers to hide their failures from others and from themselves. Somewhere deep inside, each loss is registered, if not faced.

The reason is fear: fear of the emotions that would otherwise lead people to encounter struggle...

The subtle and destructive effects of marijuana.


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.

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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.