Meridian Therapy, the system of traditional acupuncture utilized in Japan and based on the acupuncture classics (e.g., the Su Wen, Ling Shu, and Nan Jing) is a very sophisticated treatment modality that has much to offer and much to teach to Western students, practitioners, and their patients. The authors, a group of Japan’s foremost teachers and clinicians, offer a work that provides a wide-ranging, accurate, and detailed foundation for students learning acupuncture or for clinicians who want to expand their knowledge base. This is a most welcome work that is an important and pivotal contribution to the U.S. acculturation of classical acupuncture.
Students will learn the principles, philosophy, and history of Meridian Therapy, including an introduction to the basics, an overview of the meridians and points, then a channel-by-channel description of channel flow, connecting vessel, divergent channel, and channel sinews for each of the 12 main channels and an explanation and description of the flow of the 8 extraordinary vessels. The viscera–the hollow and solid organs–are described according to nature, areas of control, functional properties, seasonal relationship, and paired organ relationship. Further topics covered are the etiology of disease factors, constitutional patterns, deficiency/excess patterns, heat/cold patterns, and their combinations, and endogenous factors such as emotions, fatigue, and dietary consumption and also exogenous factors of season, temperature, and weather.