Zen School of Shiatsu

Anatomy Physiology & Pathology Assignment:

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Zen School of Shiatsu

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Shiatsu Diploma

HEALTH WARNING: spending more than 3 hours on an assignment can seriously damage your enthusiasm. In the early stages of learning you might not get much done in 3 hours but do have patience with yourself. It will come

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A friend asks you if shiatsu can help with: IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME

What are the symptoms and organic changes of their condition?

What tsubos might help relieve their symptoms?

What do you think might be the underlying elemental imbalance?

What related organ/meridian network governs this anatomical system?

What might be the related or local meridians, and why do you think so?

Would you describe the condition as more kyo or more jitsu?

What might be your treatment approach?

How would you explain to your friend this condition in terms of energy-flow and elemental imbalances?

What suggestions/recommendations might you make if your friend asks how they could share in their own healing – for example, life-style, diet, habits, exercise, meditation, other therapies?

How would your responses differ for other conditions of the same system, and should any be contra-indicated?

ulcers, hepatitis, gallstones, haemorrhoids

Describe the anatomical locations and meridians/extensions touching the following:

oesaphagus, stomach, duodenum, jejunum, ileum, colon, pancreas, mesenteries, liver, portal system, gallbladder

Describe the processes undergone by each of the following from the moment of entry into the mouth:

Fruit juice

Bowl of cornflakes with milk and sugar

Fried egg, bacon and tomato

Toast and Marmalade


Describe the functions of the liver, portal system and gallbladder.

What are the main types of enzyme and their functions?

Describe the physiology of absorption.

What are the main nutrients required by the body?

What would you call a "healthy diet"?

Describe your idea of an "unhealthy diet" - apart from chips, burgers, fast food?

Why do most humans seem to like fatty salty sweet?

Why is chocolate good for you?

What points might you consider pressing (and why) if your receiver thinks they might be about to vomit?


The Intermediate Diploma Assessment Requirement is for you to be able to explain, in everyday language as if to a friend with no knowledge of anatomy, the four following aspects of this system:

  • Components and Structure
  • How it works
  • Interaction with other Systems
  • What happens when it breaks down?

For Professional Licence Assessment you may be asked to explain anything from this assignment using anatomical/medical terminology – “as if on the telephone to a Latin-speaking Doctor!”

Module Completion: please have your Tutor validate the following

ASSIGNMENT COMPLETED:__________________date & stamp

TUTORIAL ATTENDED_______________________date & stamp

PRACTICAL ATTENDED:_____________________date & stamp

LEARNING-TREATMENTS...........................attach for stamping

What have you learned about yourself from this Assignment?