Classical Chinese Medicine is a living tradition that has incorporated multiple philosophical lenses into its corpus over the past two thousand years. As a patient-centered practice,
In my training, we focussed on the Complement Channels, sometimes referred to as the Secondary Meridians, this latter name deferring to the more commonly used Primary Channels.
If the Primary Channels are the main highways of our ideal lives, then the Complement Channels are the escape routes that our bodies create in order to hold fast and move forward in spite of the blind alleys, ghost towns, and dead ends.
Our bodies have a mostly unrecognized ability to roll with the punches or our choices. If one chooses to supress an overload of emotions, the body can literally creates storage space by building new blood vessels (spiders veins and varicosities). If one has a weakened immune system and contracts a lyme infection, the body can sequester the spirochetes into the joints (especially the hips and knees) so that the pathogen can be held at bay until the person rebuilds their immune system. We are literally walking shock absorbers built to stand up to gravity. Chinese Medicine recognizes this and encourages us to exercise our free will.
On this page, I lay out a brief description of the main Complement Channels that I work with on a daily basis.