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Japanese Acupuncture - Spleen Sho - Five Phase Meridian Therapy Treatment - TJM Theory

This page contains the abdominal presentation, treatment points and associated signs and symptoms for the Spleen Sho Five Phase treatment. For a description of the overall treatment protocol see our Five Phase treatment information page.

Five Phase - Spleen Sho Pattern


  • Treatment Points:
  • SP 3
  • PC 7
  • Possible Secondaries:
  • Wood Controls Earth and Earth Controls Water
  • LV Excess or Deficiency - LV 3
  • KD Deficiency - KD 3
  • No Kidney Excess Patterns
  • 5 Element Theory Associations:
  • Color: Yellow
  • Smell: Pleasant
  • Flavor: Sweet
  • Sound: Humming
  • Emotion: Worry
  • Common Symptoms:
  • Digestive Issues
  • Heart Issues
  • Left Shoulder
  • Joint Pain especially with swelling
  • Lower Body Edema
  • Overthinking a/or Worrying

Sources and More Information

The information on our site is drawn from our own lecture notes and clinical experience. The following lecture notes were used within this section:

  • Feldman, Marty: New England School of Acupuncture, Five Phase Techniques Lecture Notes
  • Iuliano, Diane: New England School of Acupuncture, Extraordinary Vessel Techniques Lecture Notes
  • Kuwahara, Koei: New England School of Acupuncture, Advanced Japanese Techniques Lecture Notes

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