Classical meridian diagnostic and meridian treatment / Klassische Leitbahnendiagnostik und Leitbahnenbehandlung

2010, 360 min.
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Each of the twelve channels includes a point often referred to in English as the ‘cleft’ or ‘xi-cleft’ point. Most often, modern acupuncture textbooks refer to these points as being particularly useful in cases of acute pain. While this is certainly true, a brief analysis of commonly found patterns of palpated changes at these points will reveal other applications for these particularly useful points. This short article will review the functions of the cleft points in the channel system and provide some ideas for broadening their clinical application.
The character (xi) generally refers to a narrow opening or pathway. Consequently, many modern texts describe the cleft points as being in areas where the channel pathway narrows and has a tendency to blockage and accumulation of qi and blood. A more clinically useful conception is of the cleft points as areas where channel qi is filtered (guò lu) and flow is controlled. They are like sluice gates (zhá mén) or toll booths regulating the nature and rate of channel flow. As might be expected, these points are often found in areas of the body where an opening or clear separation can be readily palpated. Sometimes, these palpable openings are between the bodies of muscles or, in many cases, they can be palpated as spaces on or near bones.



Robertson, J.

Jason D. Robertson ist Absolvent des American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (San Francisco). Für mehr als 8 Jahre lebte und arbeitete er in China und Taiwan. Er studierte Chinesisch an der Lee University in Washington, und anschließend an der Taiwan Normal University. Jason Robertson führt derzeit eine private Praxis in Seattle und unterrichtet am Seattle Institut of Oriental Medicine.

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