Shao Yang Meridian Connections: A Channel Based Approach

From a meridian based perspective the Shao Yang meridians (GB – SJ) connect to three other meridian pairs. The internal / external pairing is to the Jue Yin (LV – PC), by way of the horary cycle that they connect to the heart and spleen, and through Zang Fu Bei Tong Theory it connects to the Shao Yin (HT – KI).

When we combine these pairings for the practical application of doing pattern identification and designing treatment strategies, we can speak of three syndromes: the shao yang – jue yin syndrome, the shao yang – shao yin syndrome, and finally the shao yang – heart / spleen syndrome.

The first pattern is characterized by conditions such as temple headaches, neck pain, photophobia, insomnia, anxiety, seizures, Parkinson's, epilepsy, hip pain, and shen disturbance. In this pattern we find that the GB and / or SJ meridians are expressing symptoms that are rooted in a liver and / or pericardium imbalance. By using these four meridians in combination we are able to most effectively deal with the patients top three health concerns and overall zang-fu patterns.

The shao yang – shao yin syndrome is characterized by similar symptoms as listed above, although in this pattern we find that the underlying root pattern is coming from kidney and / or heart imbalances. So for example, if the kidney yin has declined it can lead to many of the above-mentioned symptoms such as neck pain, insomnia, seizures, etc. Similarly, patterns like heart fire or heart yin / blood deficiency can also lead to many of these symptoms as well. Therefore, in this pattern we find that the GB and / or SJ meridians are symptomatic, but the overall pattern isoted in an imbalance in the shao yin.

In shao yang – heart / spleen patterns we also find that the client complains of symptoms related to the GB and SJ meridians or organ systems; however, in this case the underlying pattern is related to the heart and spleen. Typically, this will be a spleen / heart blood deficiency pattern that leads to symptoms such as temple headaches, insomnia, anxiety, etc.

Notice that in the above three patterns the shao yang connects to either the heart or pericardium. Since the heart and pericardium connect to the shen, and the GB and SJ have many points on the head – as well as important point indications for neurological conditions – this indicates that the shao yang circuits mentioned above are important patterns to recognize when patients present with complex neurological conditions and shen disturbance.

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