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

Dr Hammer is the author of numerous articles, which can be read in the article section of this site, and of several textbooks on pulse diagnosis and other aspects of Chinese medicine, which can be seen below.

Books by Dr Leon Hammer

To develop the practical skills necessary to utilise the Shen-Hammer System of Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis in a clinical setting Dr Hammer recommends that you study with one of his certified instructors by attending the classes listed below.

Learning Pulse Diagnosis

Seminars and classes through from Introductory to Advanced are described here:

Pulse diagnosis, one of the jewels of traditional Chinese medicine, is a profoundly subtle instrument for the early diagnosis and prevention of disease. Yet far too often, in the haste of modern education and practice, it has become a neglected art. Chinese Pulse Diagnosis: A Contemporary Approach offers a clear and practical path toward a much deeper understanding of this traditional diagnostic method, while casting its interpretation in the context of our own times.


Dragon Rises, Red Bird Flies

Psychology in Chinese Medicine

Behind the acupuncture, herbal remedies and sophisticated diagnostics of Chinese medicine lies a "congenial system of healing that embodies unification of body and mind, spirit and matter, nature and man, philosophy and reality." In this comprehensive and ground-breaking presentation, based on long experience as physician, psychiatrist, and practitioner of Chinese medicine, Leon Hammer offers a new model for appreciating the traditional healer's effective and profound respect for individual integrity and energetic balance. Explaining, and moving beyond, the five phase (element) system, he shows that this Eastern practice is as much a spiritual science as a physical one.


This handbook summarizes the key elements of Chinese Pulse Diagnosis: A Contemporary Approach in a portable edition. It is the result of the very hard work, by many practitioners, of extracting the essentials from each area of this subject, and is intended to be a companion volume to the larger book.

Drawing from his long and extensive personal and professional experiences, and writing in an easily understandable and at times anecdotal style, the author avoids psychological jargon as much as possible. The material is presented independent to pathology and is organized into two parts. In the first part, he outlines the basic tenets of the therapeutic relationship. The second, main part of the book presents issue-oriented chapters addressing the varied life situations, personalities, and emotional reactions with which the acupuncturist or practitioner is confronted in everyday practice.




Develop your skills

This book gathers the herbal formulas of master practitioner Dr. John H. F. Shen in one volume for the very first time. Not only does it incorporate the experience of Dr. Leon Hammer, who studied directly under Dr. Shen for nearly three decades, but it also presents the stimulus, rationale, and thinking behind many of the formulas Dr. Shen created. This book is a unique compendium that includes expert analysis and commentary by the authors along with the clinically-tested herbal formulas used to treat conditions that affect people from infancy to old age.