The foundations of channel theory

To diagnose and treat a disease with acupuncture requires specific diagnostic systems – or as Dr. Richard Tan puts it, ‘Acupuncture diagnosis for acupuncture treatment’ (Tan, 2007). But what exactly is ‘acupuncture diagnosis’? According to Dr. Tan one should first identify the ‘sick’ channel(s), then determine the appropriate channel(s) for treatment, and finally select the appropriate point(s) on the appropriate channel(s). This article focuses on the second step of this process - determining the appropriate channel(s) for treatment.