Most of the Extraordinary (also called Extra) Channels have no points of their own, but can be accessed by combining pairs of points from meridians that do have distinct points. When these “opening” combinations are used they are needled in the order given, starting on one side with the first point listed then crossing to the opposite side of the body and needling the second point in the combination.

Ren Channel or Ren Mai

The Ren Channel is one of two of the Extraordinary channels that does have its’ own dedicated points. It is sometimes counted into the Primary Meridians for this reason. This is also the reason it has a luo connecting point (Ren 15). You can still use a point pair to access the Ren Channel, Lu 7 + Ki 6. The Ren channel originates in the uterus and is often used for reproductive problems.
Class Notes
Dr. Zheng Zeng’s slides

Du Channel or Du Mai

The Du Channel is one of two of the Extraordinary channels that does have its’ own dedicated points. It is sometimes counted into the Primary Meridians for this reason. This is also the reason it has a luo connecting point (Du 1). You can still use a point pair to access the Du Channel, Si 3 + Bl 62.
Class Notes
Dr. Zheng Zeng’s slides

Dai Channel or Dai Mai

The Dai Channel, also called the Girdling Vessel, is the only channel that runs horizontally around the body. Though it does not have its’ own distinct points, you can nevertheless access it using the point pair Gb 41 + Sj 5.
See Slides 27 and 40 in the above linked document.

Chong Channel or Chong Mai

The Chong Channel does not have its’ own distinct points, but you can nevertheless access it using the point pair Sp 4 + PC 6. The Chong channel originates in the uterus and is often used for reproductive problems.

You will find notes for this channel in the Stomach channel notes (see St 30) and in Dr. Zheng Zeng’s slides on slide 26 and also on the Spleen Channel slides on page 11.

Yin Qiao (or Yin Motility) Channel

The Qiao and Wei channels are one of the first to form when an egg is fertilized (according to some theories). They lie very deep in the body and have no distinct points of their own, but the Yin Qiao can still be reached using the coupled points Ki 6 + Lu 7.

The Yin Qiao channel also has a Xi Cleft point, Ki 8.

Yang Qiao (or Yang Motility) Channel

The Yang Qiao channel can be accessed using the coupled points Bl 62 + Si 3. Like the Yin Qiao channel, it has a Xi Cleft point: Bl 59.

Yin Wei (or Yin Linking) Channel

The Yin Linking channel can be accessed using the coupled points Pc 6 + Sp 4. Its’ Xi Cleft point is Ki 9.

Yang Wei (or Yang Linking) Channel

The Yang Linking channel can be accessed using the coupled points Sj 5 + Gb 41. Its’ Xi Cleft point is Gb 35. See slide 14 of the linked document above.

Bonus memorization tip: the only way I could remember which was linking and which was motility was to realize that the Chinese word Qiao ended in an O which reminded me of mOtility. Wei ends in an I which reminds me of the lInking.


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The Extraordinary Channels — 2 Comments

  1. Hi Cat!
    Looks like the link to Dr. Zeng’s Du Mai notes is broken. Just wanted to give a heads up! 🙂
    Thanks for all of the great resources! They’re helping so much!

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