The Spleen Luo-Connecting channel is an acupuncture channel. It explains why its originating point, Spleen 4, is so important.
To find out more about this kind of channel, click on luo-connecting channels.
If you have alighted on this page and don't know much about acupuncture theory, this is not the place to start! (It's a bit technical and I wrote it mainly for a few geeky patients: if others benefit, great.)
So if you are new to all this, why not look first at a page like Qi Stagnation, which I guarantee you will have experienced!
The indications mentioned above come down to us from antiquity, and by no means cover all the possible Spleen Luo conditions.
For example, Phlegm is often a cause of palpable masses under the skin. It may also, or alternatively, cause numbness and tingling, showing that Qi is not moving smoothly.
Because Spleen deficiency is a cause of Phlegm, palpable masses under the skin or numb tingling anywhere may be a sign of Spleen luo-connecting channel problems, more especially if they occur along the Spleen's channel pathway or in the main areas it reaches - in this case, the abdomen.
However, to be sure of any of the Spleen luo syndromes listed above, an acupuncturist would have to ask questions, inspect and palpate.
For example, abdominal distension occurs in several of the listed syndromes. If it were due to Qi Stagnation one would expect it to feel better for exercise, which is definitely not usually the case if it were due to Blood Stasis - as an example.
The originating point, Spleen 4, Gongsun, has this direct connection to the abdomen and its contents. That may explain why it was found to be able to act as a Master or Opening point for Chong Mo. The secondary opening point for Chong Mo is on the Pericardium channel at Pericardium 6.
If the Chong Mo's energy is much about the fascia or membranes that wrap, protect and hold up the contents of the abdomen, one can see why it combines well with the Qi of the Pericardium, which wraps the Heart and to which Pericardium 6 has a direct connection.
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! 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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