Key concept > Setting the meridians


The rift between theory and clinical practice Literature of the MTC amply describe the principles of invigorating and dispersing of meridians as well as the location of points for invigorating or dispersing.


Recognize the state of meridians: a diagnostic enigma ...

Nonetheless, works devoted to symptoms and the corresponding imbalance are rare and incomplete. The taking of the pulse, a subjective examination whose subtleties elude Western methods, is merely a palliative. What is evident is the lack of a global and coherent approach to meridians.

There is an obvious need to establish a clear, precise symptomatology to be used for each of the meridians. Identifying the state of the meridians: a diagnostic enigma.

Even if the organ/meridian symmetry is accepted and the parallel between excess energy in a meridian and hypertony of the corresponding organ and vice versa is established, the symptoms are very inconsistent and difficult to identify.

Therefore, diagnosis is difficult. Nonetheless, a source of indicators serves the practitioner. The five sentiments of the law of five elements (joy, anger, worry, sadness and fear) are very useful, even if each is attributed globally to 2 or 4 meridians, without precision of the sense of the imbalance.

The clinical results, well known to be truly effective, of invigorating or dispersing certain points facilitate the approach :

  • dispersing the heart (Ht7) regulates over-emotionality
  • dispersing the liver (Li2) is used to calm the majority of aggressions
  • invigorating the gall bladder (GB43) stimulates fearlessness
  • dispersing of the TH (TH10) is conducive to relaxation

In addition, the pain provoked by physical disturbances along the meridians and the verification relative to their treatment leads to certain deductions.


When the state of a meridian traces a psycho-behavioral profile :

Identification of the first symptoms of a patient reveals a psycho-behavioral profile intimately linked to the state of imbalance of each of his meridians. It can be observed that the symptoms of excess are diametrically opposed to those of deficiency of a meridian. The precept can be extended to all meridians. It is enough to identify the symptoms of one of the two conditions to imagine and then identify the reverse condition.

To illustrate this, we can cite a common example among numerous similar cases: It has been noticed that in patients suffering from stomach ulcers there is a tendency toward isolation or even misanthropy. Since they find no pleasure in remaining at the table for a long time (a sociable act), and as they are often hungry between meals, these patients prefer snacking. The hyper-active organ indicates the state of its meridian and draws a behavioral profile.

Inversely, an individual suffering from gastric atony with dyspepsia enjoys the ritual of the table, and is sociable to the point of dependency. Here too, the hypo-active organ characterizes both the meridian and the individual.

Finally, the observation of children with behavioral problems who are treated through acupuncture with lasers has confirmed a number of hypotheses. Contrary to the adult who will come to terms, at least socially, with disturbances, the child more clearly expresses problems and their evolution and also reacts very quickly to treatments.