The Extraordinary Vessels and the Creation of Life: Treatment Strategies for Infertility

Martine Cornelissen
Lecture Type: 
Breakout Session
Lecture Day: 
Day 2
Segal Conference Room


In this presentation we will explore the origin of Life in terms of the Qi Jing Ba Mai, also called the 8 Extraordinary Vessels. They are powerful energetic fields that play a major role in our fertility. Following nearly 19 years of practice, Martine presents how she integrates the use of the Qi Jing Bai Mai into the context of her fertility-treatments. She will discuss how each of the 8 Extra’s exerts its particular influence on fertility by looking at their Opening, Closing and Pivoting movement. This approach will deepen our understanding of Eight Extraordinary vessels and their application in infertility. Participants will gain a new insight into the mechanism of complex gynaecological and fertility-issues such as ovulatory disorders, chronic pelvic inflammatory disorders, repeated miscarriage, poor egg quality, etc. Special attention will be paid to treatment options through the Extra Meridians that go beyond the usual opening points. This course will teach specific Extra Meridian-pointcombinations you can add to your practice to increase your efficacy for fertility.


Goals & Objectives:

  • Understand the main mechanism of the 8 Extraordinary Vessels in terms of their movement in relation to the 6 conformations.
  • Understand the huge potential of incorporating Extra Meridians in fertility-treatments
  • Learn specific Extra-meridian pointcombinations and techniques for treating Baomai-disruption
  • Learn specific Extra-Meridian-pointcombinations for treating complex gynecological disorders  that may cause infertility including Amenorrhoe, Chronic pelvic inflammation, Endometriosis, POF, etc
  • Understand the vital relationship between Daimai with Renmai and translate this in pointcombinations and herbal prescriptions for enhancing fertility.
Martine Cornelissen

Martine Cornelissen is a Herbalist and Acupuncturist with a main focus on Women’s disorders and Fertility. She received her Master’s degree in Eastern Languages & Cultures from the University of Ghent (Belgium) in 1989, where she researched and translated T’ang-dynasty texts on Esoteric Buddhist Rituals. She graduated with merit and moved to Shanghai where she completed 2 years study at Fudan University.

In the Netherlands she graduated Cumlaude in Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine at the Academy of Chinese Medicine Qing-Bai, then continued further gynaecology-studies in Jinan (China) where she studied extensively with dr. Li Xiu-zhen and prof. Lian Fang at the Fertility and IVF departments of Shandong University Hospital of TCM.

Martine is the founder of Zi Yuan Ting Clinic for Women’s Health (Amsterdam, The Netherlands). Besides being a passionate healthpractitioner, Martine is a faculty member in both undergraduate and postgraduate programs at Qing-Bai TCM Academy in the Netherlands, she also lectures postgraduate Gynaecology and Fertility classes abroad.

Integrative Fertility Symposium

Healthy Seminars 6th Integrative Fertility Symposium will be held exclusively online. The IFSymposium is geared towards Chinese medicine and naturopathic physicians who have an interest in treating reproductive health issues using an integrative approach. IFS 2021 date TBA

Symposium Location

Simon Fraser University at Harbour Centre
515 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC