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Acupuncture and Meridian Based Approaches to Pattern Identification


In recent years channel based approaches to acupuncture have gained in popularity. Systems such as Master Tung’s acupuncture, and Dr. Richard Tan’s Balance Method, have had a large impact on the Chinese medical community. The growth of these meridian based approaches is due to the way these types of systems utilize the meridian networks in the diagnostic process, as well as the efficiency of treatment results.

Expanding upon this body of knowledge, the book and online acupuncture course, Meridian Circuit Systems: A Channel Based Approach to Pattern Identification, was released in January of 2011. Since its publication, it has been a popular book for acupuncturists who are looking to refine their skills through using meridian based approaches.

In Meridian Circuit Systems, the author, James Spears, identifies 15 major meridian syndromes that are widely seen in clinical practice. For instance, one of the most common syndromes that relate to a variety of liver imbalances may be referred to as a jue yin – yang ming pattern. In jue yin – yang ming patterns liver disharmony will either affect the stomach, large intestine, or pericardium. Since these four meridians are interconnected according to Meridian Systems Theory, it is common to observe this pattern in clinic. The jue yin – yang ming pattern may be used to treat a variety of zang-fu syndromes including liver fire, liver qi stagnation, and liver overacting on the stomach. In addition, the jue yin – yang ming pattern is often beneficial for conditions like IBS, ulcers, abdominal pain, and headaches.

Since the book and online course has been popular among the global acupuncture community, the book is available through several international Oriental medical book distributors including Redwing Books, Amazon, Chinese Medicine Times in the UK, China Books in Australia, and Barnes and Noble.

The online course is also approved by the NCCAOM for five continuing education credits, and several more online acupuncture courses are in development that will be released in the late summer.

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