The channel divergences (jing bie) are among the most enigmatic facets of the channel system. Also known as the divergent meridians or distinct meridians, their trajectories, and usually some conjecture concerning their function, is discussed in nearly every basic textbook of acupuncture. Nevertheless, few acupuncturists have any idea of what to do with the channel divergences in clinical practice. Written by Miki Shima and Charles Chace, two senior acupuncturists with extensive training in classical Chinese, Channel Divergences: Deeper Pathways of the Web represents the most definitive statement to date on the theory and application of this fascinating layer of the channel system.
The text begins with a critical review of the classical source literature concerning the channel divergences and then the major channel divergence specialists in Japan and Europe, culminating with the treatment strategies of Miki Shima who has used this system for over 20 years.
Channel Divergences also contains extensive appendices with a treatment formulary and discussions of adjunctive therapies to facilitate immediate application in clinical practice.