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Intro-mediate Shen-Hammer Pulse Diagnosis
With Dr Karen Bilton, PhD.

Take your pulse diagnosis skills to the next level

Learn in an apprenticeship-style 
environment and expand your knowledge over time

Clarify your questions and doubts with hands-on and lecture review
Feel the pulses of live patients and discuss their case management

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Shen - Hammer Pulse Diagnosis workshops Australia 


Grow your confidence and competence using the Shen-Hammer pulse system 


Review the theoretical concepts of the method

and refine your palpation skills

Spend a morning feeling the pulses of 3 live patients guided by a pulse form completed by the instructor​

Be immersed in the physiological and psycho-emotional diagnostic potential of the pulse

Increase the accuracy of your diagnosis to clearly target your treatment strategies

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Different levels of learning designed for new, developing through to skilled practitioners

Intro-mediate Classes
Continue to refine the sensitivity of your palpation.
Nurture your pulse skills with review and live patients.
Prerequisite knowledge - Foundations class with an approved Shen-Hammer Instructor
Early Bird discount $500 + GST ($550)
Full Rate $600 + GST ($660)

2 Days - 8:30am to 5:30 pm

Location: Potts Point, Sydney

Saturday and Sunday

October 21-22 and December 2-3 2023

  • Small workshops to enhance participant experience

  • One day of review 

    • Shen-Hammer system  - pulse depth, positions and qualities

    • Discussing difficulties encountered by students,

    • Calibrating depths

    • Introducing palpation of the Organ Blood and Organ Substance Depths

  • Palpation focus on the more difficult positions

    • Diaphragm and component pulse positions

      • Heart Enlarged, Distal Liver Engorged​

      • Pleura, Esophagus

    • Neuropsychological position

  • One day seeing 3 patients

    • Morning session

      • Feeling their pulses following a pulse form completed by the instructor

    • Afternoon session

      • Interpreting and working through the cases

      • Management strategies according to acupuncture, formulas, referrals

Foundations Classes
Introduces the Shen-Hammer Pulse System.
Pre requisite for the Intro-mediate Workshops.

4 Days - 8:30am to 5:30 pm

Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday

March 8-11, 2024 

Sydney classes held twice yearly.

Click here for more information on Foundations classes

Intermediate Classes
Refine your pulse skills with 2 days of live patients.
Early Bird discount $650+ GST ($715)
Full Rate $750 + GST ($825)

2 Days - 8:30am to 5:30 pm

Location: TBD

Saturday and Sunday TBD

  • Class size TBD

  • Location: TBD

  • Two days seeing 3 patients per day

  • Morning session

    • Feeling their pulses following a pulse form completed by the instructor

  • Afternoon session

    • Interpreting and working through the cases

    • Management strategies 

    • Acupuncture

    • Formulas

    • Referrals

Masters Class

2 Days - 8:30am to 5:30 pm

Date: TBD

Location: TBD

  • For those wishing to bring all concepts together in their treatment

  • Classical focus, pulse as well as Psychology of Dragon Rises, Red Bird Flies.  

  • Meeting for 2 days on 6 occasions on a monthly basis.


Dr Karen Bilton, Ph.D. Bio

Karen started her career in healthcare as a physiotherapist. She has been practising acupuncture and Chinese medicine for 28 years and is licensed to practise in Australia and the USA. Having worked in the USA for 15 years she has been studying with Dr Leon Hammer, MD since 1997. She completed doctoral studies evaluating the reliability of practitioners applying Shen-Hammer Pulse Diagnosis clinically. Karen is one of a handful of people who inherited this pulse method and model of developmental psychological model directly from Dr Hammer.

She is co-author of a Handbook of Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis; taught Shen-Hammer Pulse Diagnosis classes as well as presented at conferences in China, USA, Australia, and New Zealand; and has published her work in peer review journals. Karen having lectured at respected institutions like Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, New York City; the University of Technology, Sydney; and the University of Western Sydney; is further testament to her academic excellence and contribution to Chinese medicine.


Currently she is in clinical practice in Sydney, Australia, and continues her exploration of acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine in relation to Daoist cosmology.  She endeavours to share her knowledge teaching classes in pulse diagnosis and the psychology of Dragon Rises, Red Bird Flies.


Why learn with Karen

  1. Pulse Diagnosis Expertise: With over two decades studying Shen-Hammer pulse, Karen's knowledge and teaching experience ensure exceptional instruction.

  2. Research and Academic Excellence: Karen's Ph.D. research on Shen-Hammer Pulse Diagnosis and co-editing of the Handbook of Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis demonstrate her commitment to advancing the field.

  3. Clinical Wisdom: Karen's three decades of full-time Chinese medicine practice and background in physiotherapy provide practical insights for effective treatments.

  4. Collaboration with Dr. Leon Hammer: Regular contact with Dr. Hammer, an esteemed Chinese medicine authority, offers invaluable knowledge and mentorship.

  5. Expanding Horizons: Karen also teaches the Psychology of Dragon Rises, Red Bird Flies, deepening the holistic understanding of Chinese medicine.

  6. Unlock Your Potential: Study with Karen to master Shen-Hammer Pulse Diagnosis and elevate your practice to profoundly impact the lives of your patients. 

The Shen-Hammer Pulse Diagnosis is the modern interpretation of the c.15th Century Menghe Ding Lineage method from the Shanghai region of China. Ding Jiwan (grandson of Ding Ganren of Wen Bing fame) taught this method to Dr. Shen in Shanghai and then Hong Kong during the turbulent years of 1937-1942. Dr. Shen as the sole survivor of World War 2 with knowledge of the pulse method, fled the Communist Revolution in China for the USA.

Dr. Hammer, a renowned practitioner, first encountered Dr. Shen's exceptional diagnostic skills in a Chinatown clinic in New York City during the early 1970s. This serendipitous meeting led to an eight-year apprenticeship for Dr. Hammer under Dr. Shen's guidance, and their collaboration spanned thirty years, during which they recorded and refined the Menghe pulse method.

The Shen-Hammer Pulse method has evolved from Classical Chinese medicine theory. It recognizes that the range of energy transformations within a human body reflects the infinite combination of spatial and temporal energy possibilities in the macrocosm. The pulse carries information encoded within it, representing the physiological exchanges specific to that individual organism.

Palpating the radial artery provides rich and extensive diagnostic information. The pulse describes the inherited life of a person, their current state of being, and can indicate possible health trajectories for the future.

Once the information encoded in the pulse is deciphered, it guides the practitioner to skillfully implement management strategies. These strategies may include acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and lifestyle modifications to positively impact the physical and psycho-emotional potential of the clients.

The Shen-Hammer Pulse method is a refined and comprehensive approach to pulse diagnosis that draws upon ancient Chinese medicine theory. It allows practitioners to gain valuable insights into their clients' health and guide them towards appropriate treatment strategies to enhance well-being.

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