Last time I talked about the difficulty of the point selection in the Meridian Therapy I had practiced before because determination of Sho (Pattern) by the pulse diagnosis was very difficult and we couldn't know if the selected points would really work good way or not until the points were actually treated.
In the Meridian Therapy now I practice, I can check which meridian can be used before actual needling. After the pulse and abdominal diagnosis and checking the tightness of the shoulder muscle, a meridian considered as most appropriate to treat by the diagnosis is touched by light strokes. If the meridian is good to treat, the pulse, abdomen and shoulder muscle will become better condition like the pule becomes slower and softer, the abdomen becomes smoother and softer, and the shoulder muscle becomes softer. On the contrary, if the meridian is not good to treat, the pulse may become faster and tighter, the abdomen becomes tighter, and the shoulder muscle becomes tighter and sometimes painful to press.
Once an appropriate meridian is decided, the next process is the point selection within the meridian. For example, if the meridian is Lung, Lung 9, 8 and 5 will be touched by light strokes and the reaction of the pulse, the abdomen and the shoulder muscle will be checked. If the reaction of the pulse, abdomen and shoulder muscle at the time of Lung 8 is the best among the three points, Lung 8 will be chosen as the treatment point. Only after these processes, a real needle will be touched on the selected point.
It takes more time for the point selection, but this way is safer and more reliable because you can see the result of actual needling before you really needle.
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