Finding Balance: Left/Right Channel Imbalances (Akabanes)

Energetics of Flow: Addressing Blocks to the Flow of Energy Series

CEUs: 1.5 NCCAOM/California Acupuncture Board


The 12 Primary Channels form an unbroken circuit of energy flowing on both sides of your body. Each channel mirror itself equally on the left and right sides of the body. However, sometimes our qi becomes imbalanced on one side of the body or the other.

The balance of qi on the the left and right sides of the body is paramount for optimal health. However, it can be easily disrupted by injuries, stress, or emotional upset.

In Chinese Medicine, maintaining a smooth flow of qi in the meridians is widely recognized as a fundamental objective. When qi becomes stagnant or encounters obstacles to flow, the body’s optimal functioning is hindered, potentially leading to a general sense of discomfort that may be undiagnosable at first, but will eventually lead to various identifiable health issues.

Left/Right Imbalances are a natural reaction to disturbances to the body, especially to one-sided injuries. The body responds to injury by sending blood and qi to the injured area. This is the body’s wisdom and natural healing process at work. However, the body sometimes takes a long time to recover from this process, and the body can be out of balance in a way that hinders the progress of healing.

Treating left/right imbalances helps the body more quickly restore homeostasis and optimal health. These treatments are fairly simple to learn and utilize in the treatment room. Once you discover the effectiveness of these simple treatments, you may find that a big percentage of simple complaints of dis-ease in a person are more easily remedied.

Balancing the left and right sides of a meridian involves first assessing the left and right sides through pulse analysis, using the Akabani technique, and evaluating the signs and symptoms. Then treatment focuses on using the Luo points to rebalance the body.

While these approaches are not commonly taught in TCM or CCM schools, many practitioners have embraced them with remarkable results. In our discussion, we will delve into the energetic principles behind needling methods and explore non-needle energetic methods that can be applied both at home and with clients who prefer non-needle approaches.

Although this class is primarily designed for acupuncturists, practitioners from various other disciplines and even those without prior practice experience can also gain valuable insights from the non-needle energetic methods we will be covering.

Consider taking this class because it offers significant benefits for your practice:

  1. New Methods: You’ll learn new treatment protocols that can make a big difference in your healing approach.
  2. Deeper Understanding of Channel Energetics: Adding to the basic curriculum taught in most TCM acupuncture schools, this class goes into a more mystical approach to understanding energetics and channel flow that every practitioner should know.
  3. Innovative Approaches: The class focuses on non-needle methods like energetic acupressure, which can be useful in cases involving children or clients who fear needles.
  4. Practice Enhancement: Implementing these treatments can expand the conditions you can treat effectively, boosting client satisfaction and the overall effectiveness of your practice.
  5. Expert Instruction: With over 20 years of experience in esoteric and Alchemical Chinese Medicine, Leta Herman will share her practical insights to improve your skills directly.

Who should take this class?

  • Practitioners interested in a channel energetics approach to healing (acupuncturists, acupressurists, medical qigong and other energywork practitioners)
  • ​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
  • ​Anyone who has an intense curiosity about energetic healing
  • Practitioners who are looking for alternative methods for treating mysterious illness that doesn’t fit into conventional Western medical viewpoint or TCM principles

Leta Herman (CI-AOBTA) is an Alchemical Healer, Chinese Medicine teacher, Podcast host of the Inspired Action Podcast, as well as author of Through the Mystery Gate, The Energy of Love, Connecting Your Circle, and The BIG “Little” Gua Sha Book. She is the founder of the Alchemy Healing Center, a very active Chinese Medicine clinic in Northampton, MA dedicated to helping clients find their true potential through Alchemical transformation. She is the driving force behind the new Alchemy Learning Center (, offering online classes and live events related to The Five Elements, The Nine Palaces, and Alchemy.

She has immersed herself in the philosophies of Daoism, Alchemical Healing, and Chinese Medicine for over twenty years. She is a long-time student of Master Jeffrey Yuen, an 88th generation Daoist priest and Chinese Medicine master. She is also a graduate of Eliot Cowan’s Plant Spirit Medicine studies program and has studied intensively with well-known teachers and former students of J.R. Worsley, who brought Five Element Acupuncture to England in the 1960s.

This course is APPROVED by the NCCAOM (Provider #170389) for 1.5 hours of PDAs.

This course is APPROVED by the California Acupuncture Board (Provider #1735) for 1.5 hours of continuing education.

Refund Policy:

As is the industry standard, we do not offer refunds on our digital products, no exceptions. Since this is a live event, if you wish a refund before the event, send us an email.

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Course Includes

  • 4 Lessons
  • 1 Quiz

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