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Jet Lag and Acupuncture

Yang-Chu Higgins

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Some may wonder, “what in the world acupuncture and jet lag have in common?" The answer lies in the Chinese meridian system. These are rivers of energy traversing the body. They bring nutrients to tissue, bones, and nerves. The Chinese have known about the meridian system for at least 2000 years.

The meridians all fit together like the piping of one's house. There are 12 main meridians. They correspond to organ and tissue systems. There is the Lung, Large Intestine, Stomach, Spleen, Heart, Small Intestine, Urinary Bladder, Kidney, Pericardium, Triple Burner, Gall Bladder, and the Liver. Each meridian has a two-hour period during the day when it is active. The progression of activity from one channel to the next is called the circadian clock and it corresponds to the movement of the sun.

In acupuncture school we learn about the circadian clock in our first week. I even remember the Clinical Theatre class where a patient was treated using entry-exit points of the two meridians affected. Our 80 yr-old instructor from a Shanghai family of doctors easily determined which meridians based upon the time the patient awoke, between 2-3 am. The exit of the liver (1-3 am) and entry of lung (3-5 am) were accordingly treated.

Our Jet Lag Freedom Kit and services grew from our work on insomnia. If you are a frequent traveler suffering from jet lag, then you know that insomnia is the #1 problem with “time travel. " By massaging certain acupoints, during your travel, you can actually diminish or completely avert the drag of jet lag.

Yang-chu Higgins, MA, EFT-Adv, is a Chinese medicine practitioner specializing in relieving insomnia and the effects of stress living in Los Angeles. You can learn more at his website, Vytal Pathways


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