Lingering Pathogens

A Hybrid Model for the Treatment of Lingering Pathogens & Persistent Immune Dysfunction

by Will Maclean
Art. Nr.: C-WM001

Approved by: IVAS, NCCAOM, Standard Certificate

Language: English

Course Type: Recorded Webinar

Course Length: 10 h

Course Notes: Notes are provided with this course.

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Lingering Pathogens

Course Overview

Persistent infection and chronic immune dysfunction are common problems in the clinic. They may be due to an unresolved or persistent viral, bacterial, amoebic or fungal infection, or the result of an immune imbalance due to an immune reaction to chemicals, chemotherapy, radiation or severe emotional trauma. Clinical experience shows that pathogens that get trapped in the body tend to be located in distinct and clearly defined locations. These locations can be precisely determined. The types of pathogens involved also tend to transform once in the body into one of only two types. The key to expelling (venting) pathogens from the body and correcting the immune dysfunction is to clearly determine the type of pathogen involved and its precise location. This course presents an accessible and user friendly model that facilitates the analysis of the location and nature of the most commonly seen types of lingering pathogen. The model presented is based on twenty five years of clinical experience with immune problems, and is the result of drawing together and hybridizing the most clinically relevant sections of the Shang Han Lun (Treatise on Cold Damage) and We Re Lun (Treatise on Warm Diseases). In the first section, the model is presented systematically, with an emphasis on the specific signs and symptoms characteristic of linger pathogens, and the specific examination techniques used to elicit them. Each section is illustrated and the methodology reinforced by numerous cases from the presenters practice. In the second section, we will look at the special treatment strategies required to eliminate pathogens, repair any damage done, and restore balance to the body. Traditionally, the primary treatment method has been herbal, but the presenter finds that specific acupuncture protocols can be effective for some types of lingering pathogen. Specific formulas and acupuncture protocols will be discussed in detail.

Course Objectives

  • To understand the concept of a lingering pathogen, and how to identify its presence in the body.
  • To understand how to use the model presented to analyze and organize information clearly to come to a clear and rational diagnosis, and to formulate a rational treatment strategy.
  • To become familiar with the herbal and acupuncture techniques necessary for expelling pathogens from the body and restoring homeostasis.

Course Outline

0 hrs - 1 hrsIntroduction to the background and historical concepts; lingering pathogens in the context of a modern clinical practice.

1 hrs - 2 hrsDescription of the strengths and limitations of the model; where the model is derived from.

2 hrs - 3 hrsThe pathogens described in the model; why these pathogens are prominent; concept of scaling in terms of severity; difference between heat and damp heat.

3 hrs - 4 hrsThe levels that pathogens are located at; the hybridization model and why it works in the modern clinic.

4 hrs - 5 hrsDetailed description of the levels – qi level, shaoyang, ying and blood levels. How these levels differ and how pathogens move between them. Detailed analysis of how to identify a pathogen at a specific level.

5 hrs - 6 hrsEtiology of lingering pathogens, and how to identify them from the physical and subjective findings. Specific features of lingering pathogens and examination techniques unique to their discovery, including physical findings, tongue and pulse characteristics.

6 hrs - 7 hrsTreatment methods, with detail on how to evict specific pathogens from specific locations.

7 hrs - 8 hrsHerbal formulas and acupuncture protocols for expelling lingering pathogens.

8 hrs - 9 hrsCase histories and drilling of the diagnostic and analytical technique.

9 hrs - 10 hrsContinuing case history analysis and refining diagnostic and therapeutic technique.


A graduate of the Sydney College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Will Maclean, M.Sc.Chin. Med, Dip.TCM, Cert. Chin. Med, trained in China, and has practiced TCM for over 25 years. An author, Will teaches internationally and speaks on topics pertaining to acupuncture and herbal medicine.
Kurslänge 10h
Kurssprache English
Kurstyp Recorded Webinar