The Three Essentials: Bā Zì 八字


Decoding the connection between birth-determined personal timing and wellness
In Chinese culture, there are Three Essentials, or factors, critical to attaining and maintaining physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual well being: Ba Zi, Timing, and Environment Design Medicine.

Our The Three Essentials Seminar:

  • Explains how to read and interpret a Ba Zi chart
  • Delves into the importance of personal versus timing
  • Explores Ba Zi timing in determining optimal treatments
  • Touches on advanced Chinese philosophy on the Three Essentials and the role of these factors in manifesting a more robust and fulfilling life.

Ba Zi can significantly improve your practice

  • Provides insight into patient strengths, weaknesses, and vulnerabilities which may impact past, present, and future conditions
  • Helps identify patient personality, thinking patterns, and disposition to facilitate communication
  • Aids in diagnosis and may help you address emotional blockages inhibiting treatment outcomes
  • Offers a deeper look into the root of more complex issues, including Shen disorders, chronic illness, and recurring conditions

Ba Zi will help you learn more about yourself

  • Your own Ba Zi chart will reveal inborn intricacies that have shaped your emotional, mental, and physical self
  • Details uncovered in your Ba Zi assessment will help you identify people, developments, opportunities, and dynamics that can enrich your life and your practice


No Prerequisite. This class is open to anyone seeking to learn about Ba Zi for personal or professional benefit!

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Level 1

This seminar focuses on the stepwise process for developing a Ba Zi chart. Participants will become proficient in creating a person’s constitutional chart based on their date, time,  and place of birth. We encourage you to come to class with the birth data of some of your patients, particularly those with challenging conditions. Note, however, that pathologies and treatments will not be discussed in this class.
Participants will need to memorize all Chinese characters required to conduct Ba Zi readings. The meaning and classical origin of each character will be explained and participants will learn how to properly write and pronounce each symbol.
Additionally, the Three Essentials will be defined and explained within the context of the 10 stems and 12 branches of a patient’s birth chart.

Learning tools:

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Upcoming Level 1 Classes


Feb 27 – Mar 1, 2020

May 28 – 31, 2020

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Level 2

In this next level, we will learn how to analyze shen levels by using the birth data of your patients. Participants will be taught the necessary tools for more profound analysis of personality traits, family relationships, and primary life flow. Please feel free to bring cases from your clinic, relatives, or friends to practice these important skills. The instructor will  also demonstrate how to present an analysis to a patient or client.
Before coming to class, please study the handouts for Level 2 and practice using the videos provided in the “Learning Tools”.

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Upcoming Level 2 Class


Jul 16 – 19, 2020
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Level 3

In this class, we will study more complex Ba Zi charts and learn to quickly, accurately, and reliably identify the main pattern of a person’s chart using simple rules. The class is based on a deeper understanding of Tian Gan (Heavenly Stems) and Di Zhi (Earthly Branches ) and outcomes of their interaction. This class is an ideal mix of theory and practical application; demonstrations will introduce how to start developing treatments based on Ba Zi.

Before coming to class, please review the handouts for Level 3 and practice using the videos provided in the “Learning Tools”.

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Upcoming Level 3 Class


Oct 22 – 25, 2020
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Level 4

This module will focus on the detailed effects of postnatal Qi on a person’s chart. The class is based on a deeper understanding of how Ba Zi interacts with the three essentials of Earth (Feng Shui), Humans (inter-personal relationships) and Heaven (time). We will learn how to assess the relationships between a person’s chart and the three essentials, and illustrate how each of them can contribute to both health & disease. Advanced therapeutic strategies based on Ba Zi which incorporate Feng Shui, Herbs, Acupuncture, counseling and chronotherapy will be discussed.

Before coming to class, please review the handouts for level 4 and practice using the videos provided in “Learning Tools”.


Upcoming Level 4 Class


January 28 to 31, 2021
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Level 5

This final seminar is reserved for dedicated students who have been practicing the Three Essentials in clinic. Extremely hands-on and requiring much interactivity, this coursework asks students to share their own successes and challenges in laying out birth charts and applying them in practice. Time allowing, this class will delve further into the role of environmental factors, interpersonal relationships, and customization of treatments based on Ba Zi readings.


Upcoming Level 5 Class


April 29 to May 2, 2021
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Register for all 5 seminars (Ba Zi 1 to 5) until May, 10th and enjoy a $400 discount! All classes for $3600. You will find this special discount ticket  under the “Ticket & Price” tab.

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Certified Ba Zi Consultant Requirements


  1. Download and carefully read the PDF file: Certified BaZi Consultant Requirements.pdf (PDF, 193 KB)
  2.  Application fee (U$150.00):

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StateNameAddressCityZIP CodePhoneE-mail/Website
CALIFORNIAEileen Yue-Ling HanEssential Health Acupuncture
5222 Balboa Ave. #21
San Diego92117619-249-7660E-mail: eileen@eileenhanacupuncture.com
Website: www.eileenhanacupuncture.com
CANADAChristian Saint-Pierre11 Akerley Blvd Suite 100Dartmouth NSB3B 1V7902-999-4325E-mail: info@accessacupuncture.com
Website: accessacupuncture.ca
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