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Newly Published Acupuncture Book: “Meridian Circuit Systems: A Channel Based Approach to Pattern Identification“


In this new acupuncture book a simple and effective method for doing pattern identification based on the connections between the meridians is introduced. Starting with the premise that the relationships between the channels may be understood according to the horary cycle, internal-external connections, and the Chinese meridian names, the book develops on the key networks that exist between meridian pairs.

For instance, the yang ming and jue yin meridians form what the author calls the yang ming – jue yin circuit. This circuit consists of the liver, large intestine, stomach, and pericardium meridians, and can be used for various types of liver patterns that affect the stomach and large intestine.

Similarly, a relationship exists between the yang ming and tai yin, and this circuit is useful for patterns that simultaneously involve the lungs, spleen, and yang ming organs. Yang ming – tai yin patterns are commonly observed in food allergies, Candida, and other conditions where concurrent symptoms present in the respiratory and digestive systems.

Since proper acupuncture treatment depends on selecting the appropriate meridians for treatment, this book expounds on how a meridian based perspective can be integrated with traditional zang-fu and 5-element approaches.

“The tai yang is strongly associated with the spine and nervous system, and when symptoms appear in the back it is common to think that the kidneys are involved. We can also understand this according to the connections between the shao yin and tai yang,” commented James Spears, the author of “Meridian Circuit Systems”.

The book goes on to discusses three circuits that are related to symptoms in the tai yang channels, and the author explains how the tai yang – shao yin circuit should be used for kidney related back problems, while the tai yang – tai yin circuit should be used when back pain presents with symptoms in the digestive and respiratory systems.

“When upper back or shoulder pain presents in the tai yang channels it is usually appropriate to use the tai yang – liver/lung circuit, but this depends on the patient’s top three health concerns and overall presentations,” said James.

Another key topic in the book is the importance of inquiring about the patient’s top three health complaints. By doing this, the therapist is better able to understand the patient’s needs and be more objective in the diagnostic process.

In addition to the book, the author has also created a corresponding online course. The online acupuncture course has been approved by the NCCAOM for five continuing education units, and it makes for a useful adjunct when reading the book.

The book is currently available through Amazon and more information may be obtained at:

For information about the online course and seminars visit:


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