Meridian Circuit Systems and the Global Balance Method

A Book and Online Course for Acupuncturists

In Meridian Circuit Systems you will learn a meridian based method of pattern identification. It is similar to the Balance Method as taught by Dr. Richard Tan, and builds on his work.   

 

Using the connections between the meridians as defined by their traditional Chinese names, the internal-external associations, and the horary cycle, we will identify the major circuits that are formed from the relationships between the meridians. 



Let's see how this system works.

The Tai Yang Channels and Connections

The tai yang meridians include the urinary bladder (UB) and small intestine (SI) channels.  They are located on the posterior aspect of the body, legs, and arms.  In Dr. Tan's systems theory, the UB and SI share a system one connection. 

 

In Meridian Circuit Systems the tai yang channels also connect to tai yin, shao yin, and lungs and liver.  This is how the tai yang - tai yin circuit is represented:

SI  -  UB
 -         -
SP  -  LU

 

 

 

In tai yang - tai yin patterns the patient will present with pain and symptoms in either of the tai yang meridians or organs. Secondary or tertiary health concerns will involve either the digestive or respiratory systems.  Take for instance a client that presents with a primary concern of lumbar pain, a secondary concern of asthma or COPD, and a third complaint of sluggish digestion.

 

In such a case we can identify what I call the tai yang - tai yin circuit pattern.  The primary concern of lumbar pain is on the UB meridian, while the secondary complaint involves the lungs, and the third concern is what we would identify as a spleen pattern in yang-fu.

Identifying patterns using the meridian systems, gives us a different perspective for syndrome differentiation.  This system also integrates well with classical TCM methods of pattern identification such as zang-fu, 5-elements, and 6 levels.  

 

The yang ming meridians connect to both the tai yin and the jue yin. Therefore, when treating digestive patterns it is essential to distinguish between these two yang ming patterns.

 

By doing meridian based pattern identification you will gain a more clear perspective on selecting points.  

This is an essential part of both the Balance Method and Master Tung style acupuncture.  

Yang Ming Circuit Patterns

The yang ming meridians connect to both the tai yin and the jue yin. Therefore, when treating digestive patterns it is essential to distinguish between these two yang ming patterns.

 

By doing meridian based pattern identification you will gain a more clear perspective on selecting points.  

This is an essential part of both the Balance Method and Master Tung style acupuncture.  

Stomach and Large Intestine disorders can be rooted 
in the Jue Yin or Tai Yin Systems
Yang Ming - Jue Yin Pattern
ST  -  LI
 -       -
PC  -  LV

Yang ming digestive and channel disorders rooted in liver or pericardium imbalance should be treated with the meridians in this circuit pattern.  

Yang Ming - Tai Yin Pattern
ST  -  LI
 -       -
SP  - LU

Yang ming digestive and channel disorders occurring with spleen or lung imbalance should be treated with meridians in this circuit.

Meridian System Patterns and Zang-Fu

Let's take a common pattern like liver qi stagnation.  We know that this syndrome manifests with characteristic symptoms such as headaches, eye pain, menstrual pain, rib-side fullness and various digestive conditions.

Now in each case, not all symptoms will be present.  A person with digestive problems due to liver qi stagnation, may not necessarily have headaches.  

Similarly, a client with liver stagnation may have headaches, eye and shoulder tension, but may not have digestive symptoms.

So given that each client has different symptoms for the same pattern, we need to adjust our point prescriptions and the meridians we use for treatment. 

The two circuits below show how a zang-fu pattern can be understood with meridian systems theory.

Use the meridians in this circuit pattern when liver qi stagnation effects the digestive system.  

ST  -  LI
 -          -
PC  -  LV

Use the meridians in this circuit pattern when liver qi stagnation causes tension headaches.  

SJ   -  GB
 -           -
PC  -  LV
Integrating Meridian Circuit Theory with Zang-Fu Pattern Identification Allows for Greater Diagnostic and Treatment Outcomes

The key to getting better results with acupuncture is having a greater understanding of what meridians and points should be used for each client we see.  

 

With Meridian Circuit Theory we are integrating various systems to easily deduce the best points to use.  When this system is mastered it becomes possible to use fewer needles and get better results for numerous symptoms and patterns.  

 

A major advantage of using a meridian based approach to syndrome differentiation, is that it simplifies the diagnostic process, while creating more accuracy in identifying the primary root patterns of disharmony that are responsible for the patients symptoms.  

Regardless of what style of acupuncture you use, Meridian Circuit Systems will give you an edge in diagnosis and treatment.
Meridian Circuit Systems

Course Material Includes:

 

  • Downloadable PDF Workbooks

  • Audio Recordings

  • The Meridian Circuit Systems Book

  • Immediate Access to PDF and Audio Files

  • Email Support

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