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Millwoods Acupuncture Center
102, 2603 Hewes Way
Edmonton AB,   Canada

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Yi Li Zhen Chuan

原著       ·  郑钦安

Author; Zhen Qin-An (Qing dynasty, China)



The significance of the Shaoyin meridian/stage


The Shaoyin meridian bases on the Hot (the King Fire dominates the Shaoyin meridian/stage). Taiyang is its middle Qi (the Heart and the Small intestine is the couple system. The Heart is the King Fire, the Small intestine belongs to the Taiyang meridian). Shaoyang is its surface layer. In the Shaoyin stage, there is disease in the meridian. The disease can bear Fire (Fire-bearing syndrome), or bear Water (Water-bearing syndrome). In the Shaoyin stage, its upper part is Fire, e.g. the hand Shaoyin Heart; the lower part is the Kidney Shaoyin Water. If the Xie Qi in the Taiyin is not cleared off, it will pass into the Shaoyin stage. In this case, the Shaoyin and the Taiyin should be treated the same time. If there is only evidence for the Xie Qi in the Shaoyin, then the Shaoyin is treated only.  


What is the evidence for the Shaoyin meridian? The patient has thin the mild pulse, tends to lie down for a rest. The thin-weak pulse is enough to diagnose the Shaoyin stage. The Yuan Yang is weak, which cannot meet into the Yin. The Yin Qi is also weak, and cannot meet the Yang. The main herbs in this condition are the Mahuang Fuzi Xixin Tang. It is to mix the Yin and the Yang, e.g. to meet the Water and the Fire together. It is not to create sweat.


What’s the evidence for the Fire-bearing syndrome? The patient is usually with more Yang Qi in the body. The out-coming Xie Qi attaches to the Fire, transforms into the Hot. The overwhelming Fire burns down the Yin, causing annoyed in heart, poor sleep, dry skin, shot urine, dry throat. The treatment principle should be to nourish the Yin to match the Yang. The herbal formula is the Huanglian Ajiao Tang, to separate its Hot, wet the dryness.


What’s the evidence for the Water-bearing syndrome? The patient is usually weak in the True Yang. When the Yang is weak, the Yin must be overwhelming. The invading Xie Qi hosts in the Shaoyang, transforms into the Yin Qi. If the Yin Qi is overwhelming, the Yang Qi is weak. The patient shows very lower in body energy, tends to lie down, weak in breath and in talk, feels heavy in the body, chilly and dislike cold, feels cold in the hands and feet, or has reversed cold (the cold feeling in the hands develops up to the elbow, and the cold feeling in the feet develops up towards the knee). The treatment principle should be to restore the Yang Qi. With more Yang Qi, the Yin Qi will calm down. 


Appendix: For the three Yin conditions, the treatment principle is to warm the Yang Qi, since when the Yin is overwhelming, the Yang Qi must be very weak. So, it is urgent to save the Yang Qi first. For the three Yang conditions, the treatment principle is to clear the Xie Qi, the Hot, since in the Yang condition, when the Yang is overwhelming, the Yin is in danger of exhausted. So it is urgent to save the Yin first. However, there is Yin condition in the Yang conditions, and there might be Yang conditions among the Yin conditions too. They may mix together, confusing people. The reason for the confusion is that people did not understand that the three Yang and the three Yin meridian/stage has its own couple, and the mechanism for the disease in each stage should be clearly understand.