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Shen Hammer Pulse Diagnosis

Understand the unique manifestations of energy in your patients. Unlock the secrets of the pulse.


Different levels of learning designed for developing through skilled practitioners.

Shen-Hammer Pulse is the modern interpretation of the c.15th Century Menghe Ding Lineage method from the Shanghai region of China. Passed to Dr Shen during the 1930's by Ding Ganren's grandson, turbulent events of the mid 20th century saw Dr Shen flee China for the USA.

Beginning in 1970’s in New York, 30 years of collaboration between Dr's Shen and Hammer saw the method recorded.

Evolved from classical Chinese medicine theory which describes the world, environment, and human biome as specific manifestations of the infinite possibilities of spatial and temporal energy exchanges, the information encoded in the pulse describes the specific energetic patterns within your patients at that moment in time.


The diagnostic information made available is rich and extensive. The pulse describes the life inherited, currently lived and indicates a likely trajectory for your patient’s health to come.


Once decoded, this knowledge guides you, the practitioner, to skilfully implement treatment combinations of Chinese herbs and acupuncture to positively impact the physical and/or psycho-emotional condition of your clients.

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Foundation Classes

4 day classes for beginners of this method

  • The 3 main Depths and 6 Waveforms 

  • 6 Principal and 22 Complementary pulse positions

  • ​Pulse qualities according to Volume, Depth, Width, Length, Shape, Anomalous, Qualifying, as well as condition

  • Ability to take a full pulse evaluation

  • Concepts - Heart Shock relating to trauma, Toxicity, Dr Shen's Systems

  • Acupuncture, formulas and case study

  • At least 50% hands on learning

Intro-mediate Classes

2 day classes for those familiar with the system

  • One day of review, discussing difficulties, calibrating depths, feeling pulse positions

  • One day seeing 3 patients, feeling their pulses and working through the cases

  • Acupuncture, formulas, referrals

Intermediate Classes 

2 day classes for those using Shen Hammer pulse in their practice.

  • 2 days of seeing patients, feeling their pulses and working through the cases

  • Acupuncture, formulas, referrals

  • Number of patients TBD

Masters Classes

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.


The entire Shen-Hammer pulse system


Flexibility with applying the method to your style of practice - zang/fu, classical, five element

Feel confident in your ability to integrate information from the pulse into your practice​

Diagnosis and treatment with reference to acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine 

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Karen is a long-term student of Dr Leon Hammer, MD, 


Karen 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 developmental psychological model directly from Dr Hammer.

She is co-author of a Handbook of Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis; lectured at schools in USA and Australia; presented at conferences in China, USA, Australia, and New Zealand and has published in peer review journals. 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.



All classes are presented in live format 8.30 am to 5.30 pm

Intro-mediate Classes - 2 Days (Prerequisite Foundations Class) 
Early Bird discount $400, Full Rate $500 + GST

  • Saturday and Sunday March 4-5, April 15-16, June 3-4, July 15-16, October 7-8 and November 11-12 2023

  • Small classes limited to 8 students

  • Location: Lotus Healing Arts; Level 1, Suite 3; 133 Macleay Street, Potts Point, NSW 2011

Foundations Classes - 4 Days
Early Bird discount $1000, Full Rate $1250

  • Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday May 5-8 and September 15-18 2023

  • Experienced teaching assistants support hands on experience of all students

  • Location: TBD

Intermediate Classes - 2 Days
Early Bird discount $500, Full Rate $625

  • Saturday and Sunday August 5-6 and September 9-10 2023

  • Class size TBD

  • Location: TBD

Masters Class

  • TBD

Recordings: All sessions will be recorded and made available to participants for review.


  • ACCMA PDA course ceritication in progress

  • Attendance at all days will be required for PDAs to be awarded


Intro-mediate: Early Bird Special: $400 + GST (3 weeks prior to class); Full Price: $500 + GST

Foundations: Early Bird Special: $1000 + GST (3 weeks prior to class); Full Price: $1250 + GST

Intermediate: Early Bird Special: $500 + GST (3 weeks prior to class); Full Price: $625 + GST

Masters: TBD


Intro-mediate: Saturday and Sunday 8.30 am - 5.30 pm 

  • March 4-5, 

  • April 15-16, 

  • June 3-4,

  • July 15-16, 

  • October 7-8 

  • November 11-12 2023


Foundations: Saturday and Sunday 8.30 am - 5.30 pm

  • May 5-8 

  • September 15-18 2023


Intermediate: Saturday and Sunday 8.30 am - 5.30 pm

  • August 5-6 

  • September 9-10 2023


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