Yin and Yang, Qi and Blood, Five Element Theory

This is a review from Foundations, but understanding it is crucial so that you can understand point and meridian energetics. My instructor for this course was the fabulous and seemingly infinitely knowledgeable Dr. Zheng Zeng. She was an awesome teacher.
Dr. Zheng Zeng’s slides

Channels and Collaterals

The overall functions of the channels/meridians, their distribution and how they flow from one circuit to the next, relationship between interior and exterior channels, the eight extraordinary vessels and their functions, the characteristics and functions of the luo/collateral channels. Also included is a discussion of the divergent, muscular, and cutaneous regions.
Dr. Zheng Zeng’s slides

Point Categories

There are 3 major type of acupuncture points: ashi points, points on the acupuncture channels, and the extra points. You can further divide this into at least 8 more subdivisions:

Five Shu or Antique points
Yuan Source points
Luo Connecting points
Back Shu and Front Mu points
Hui Meeting points
Window of Sky points
Xi Cleft points
Ghost points (See slide 11)

Each channel will have points that fall into these subdivisions and each subdivision above has special functions. If you memorize what each of the subdivisions does this will help you understand how to use the points better. And of course, you really can’t pass your boards without knowing this, so might as well memorize it now!

The Five Shu or Antique points are broken down into more subdivisions: jing well, ying spring, shu stream, jing river, and he sea points. There are also lower he-sea points that fall into this grouping.

Four Needle Technique starts showing up in this class too.

Dr. Zheng Zeng’s slides

Once you have made your way through this material, segue over to the channels and points in the Channels and Points section.


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