Five Phase Treatments - Balance the Controlling Cycle - Step Two

Japanese Theory

Step two of the Five Phase Treatment Protocol is to balance the controlling cycle. You will treat the controlling cycle for the primary sho selected in step one based on the Five Element Theory. This is diagnosed by using the pulse. In those cases where there is no clear secondary imbalance you needle the points used in step one on the opposite side (i.e. treat bilaterally).

Use #1 or smaller needles for tonification and #2 or larger needles for dispersion, on the opposite side from the sho, retaining for the remainder of the 10 minutes.

  • Controlling Cycle Point Selections:
  • Kidney Sho
  • Water Controls Fire - the Heart Meridian is not treated
  • Earth Control Water - Spleen Excess of Deficiency - SP 3
  • Lung Sho
  • Metal Controls Wood - Liver Excess or Deficiency - LV 3
  • Fire Controls Metal - the Heart Meridian is not treated
  • Liver Sho
  • Wood Controls Earth - Spleen Excess or Deficiency - SP 3
  • Metal Controls Wood - Lung Excess of Deficiency - LU 9
  • Spleen Sho
  • Earth Controls Water - Kidney Deficiency (KD cannot be excess) - KD 3
  • Wood Controls Earth - Liver Excess or Deficiency - LV 3

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