Keiraku Chiryo: Japanese Meridian Therapy, an Introduction – Stephen Birch

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This lecture was filmed by TCM Academy as part of Congress ICCM # 2019. Payment is required

Length: 3 Hrs.

NCCAOM: 4 PDA/CEU

Keiraku Chiryo, Japanese Meridian Therapy, is a traditional form of acupuncture that began in the late 1930s. It is an acupuncture system based on traditional ideas found in the Suwen, Lingshu, and Nanjing. While using minimal theory the system focuses on finding one of several primary patterns based on practical interpretations from the Nanjing to begin treatment. The diagnosis focuses on palpation of the abdomen and pulses and is guided by traditional descriptions of Qi and the meridians and five-phase and yin-yang thinking. The Suwen and Lingshu inform ideas about how to modify and drain, guided by Nanjing refinements. Through experience, a systematic step-by-step treatment approach has been developed. The needling is VERY gentle and seeks to restore balance in the body so that the patient can start to heal – the goal of the root treatment.

This 3-hour introduction will cover the background, theories, diagnosis and treatment patterns in lecture and demonstration format.

Following the workshop participants will know about the history and development of Meridian Therapy, the core theories that underlie its practice, the core diagnostic assessments, and patterns and have a sense of how the needling is done and treatment effects assessed.

Learning Objectives

Through lecture and demonstration participants will learn details about

  • Gain more knowledge of the history of acupuncture and that of acupuncture in Japan
  • Realize the nature and development of Meridian Therapy and specially how the theories, diagnoses and treatments are rooted in the Neijing and Nanjing
  • Explore and think with the theories & diagnoses of Meridian Therapy

Link to TCM Academy Website: https://www.tcm.ac/course/keiraku-chiryo-japanese-meridian-therapy-an-introduction/

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