Intro to Divergent Channels

This class introduces you to a Classical Chinese Medicine approach to working with arthritic causes of pain, due to joint degradations.

CEUs: 4 NCCAOM PDAs, 4 California Acupuncture Board CEUs

The theory behind the Divergent Channel system of meridians is that the body stores toxins in the joints when it’s unable to release them due to overwhelming physical or emotional conditions. Over time, these toxins degrade the integrity of the joints, and eventually cause pain, or worse, joint deformities. This class will introduce you to the Divergent Channel treatment philosophy that focuses on slowly releasing these toxins out of the joints through the Divergent Channel system so that the integrity of the joints can recover.

In Chinese Medicine, the Divergent Channels are one of the Five Channels systems, which include the Primary Channels (the ones mostly taught in acupuncture schools), the Eight Extraordinary Vessels (which are taught at least briefly in many schools), and the Divergents, Sinews, and Luo Channels (which are rarely or just briefly taught in most schools). Each “channel system” is a different way to look at how qi and blood flows through the body and provides a different access point for healing in the body. In other words, each channel system has a unique approach to healing the body. Some channel systems are focused on particular types of healing, but theoretically, a practitioner could use any of the Five Channel system to heal any illness.

The Divergent Channel system of meridians can help many types of ailments, but in particular, the Divergents excel at healing joint pain and disfunction.

Here’s what you will learn:

  • Introduction to the Divergent Channel System
  • ​A basic understanding of the treatment protocols, including essential oil and acupressure options
  • ​Cupping treatments vs. Divergent Channel treatments
  • ​The role of Cupping and Gua Sha and non-needle techniques (for bodywork therapists)

Who Will Benefit from this class?

  • Practitioners interested in incorporating Divergent Channels approaches into their practice
  • ​Practitioners who are focused on the psycho-emotional aspects of treatment
  • ​Practitioners and Students who would like to expand their treatment toolbox for difficult patient cases

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Course Includes

  • 9 Lessons
  • 7 Quizzes

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