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The Gallbladder Luo-Connecting Channel pathway shows why Gallbladder 37, its luo point, is so effective.
Note to readers! ...
This page is a bit abstruse if you're a beginner. It's not that the words are any, or at least, much, more difficult than on other pages, but this is about a subject usually taught some way into acupuncture courses.
So some of the concepts need your familiarity with other ideas in Chinese medicine.
Actually, I did this page, and other luo-connecting channel pages, for a few insistent patients, and for me.
It means I can look up both the channel and its symptoms on my smartphone in case I forget them.
If it helps others, great.
For more information about this type of acupuncture channel, click on luo-connecting channels.
All Luo-connecting channels have great influence in keeping health and mental equilibrium. The following symptoms for the Gallbladder luo channel were described by the ancient Chinese, and mostly arise because of the way it joins up with the Liver primary channel:
Knowing how to treat the Luo-connecting vessels gives acupuncturists great flexibility and understanding of how pain and discomfort accumulate in the body, and how this trapped Qi can be helped.
The luo-connecting points have many attributes, including the ability to stop bleeding and ease pain.
They also have mental potential, helping to calm patients when used correctly for the appropriate syndromes.
If you think about the state someone healthy and active gets into when they have a sudden eye infection or damage in the eye - even a piece of sand/grit in the eye making it impossible to use the eye(s) without great discomfort, meaning they can't see - you can infer the mental condition here.
This ability to stop bleeding and ease pain applies particularly to the eyes, and makes Gallbladder 37 such a useful point for them.
If you live in the Edinburgh area of Scotland, where the author of this site (and of the books described below) works, click on Edinburgh Acupuncturist.
If you live elsewhere, click on BAcC.
Please note! The Kindle editions are less easy to read!
I'm gradually improving this, but 'Qi Stagnation' and 'Yin Deficiency' still remain to be re-edited.
Although the paper editions cost more, they are much easier to read and to refer back and forth to the contents and index.
Here are some of the books Jonathan has written:
Still only one comment, though personally I think this is my best book so far.
Published 1986 and, amazingly, still selling. Was apparently used back then by at least one acupuncture college to help students understand Chinese medicine!
No comments yet: just published. (Despite the lurid cover, it explains the five main types of phlegm and what works best for each type. I hope it's easy to read and will be much more useful than all the websites on the subject.)
3000 years of Chinese being stressed, and at last, here's a book showing how all that experience can help you!
By the author of this website, it explains in simple English how to use stress to improve and enhance your life.
NB You can also order 'Qi Stagnation - Signs of Stress' from your bookseller.
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