The flow of meridians was first described in the Spiritual Pivot Chapter 10 giving a specific order in which the meridians follow from one to the other. This order is often also referred to as the Chinese biorhythm or Chinese clock. Its uses are often found in five element acupuncture to suggest when the best time to treat a particular meridian and other styles such as Tung and Balance Method where it is applied to balancing various meridians. It is rarely used in its capacity to treat the symptoms that can appear along the meridians themselves and their connections to other meridians. The aim of this article is to give a different approach to the use of entry and exit points to treat problems of the thorax and the face. This is to be done by looking at the pathways of the meridians, where the meridians begin and end according to classical texts, and using the relationships of the Chinese biorhythm clock to treat the affected areas.
Acupuncture is a rich and diverse method of treatment that has many different ways of assessing and treating the same symptoms and illnesses. However, this variety of methods and models can lead to confusion. The aim of this article is to present a simplified model of traditional acupuncture theory that can be used to balance the channels and thus restore the body to health. The theory presented is illustrated by case histories from the author’s own clinical practice.