“Can you treat any meridian with any colour?” – this was such a good question from our January 2022 Colourpuncture Q&A.
This question makes most sense probably if you learnt Colorpuncture according to earlier training syllabus where we used to stroke Acupuncture meridians with Colourpuncture complementary colours, ‘opening’ and ‘closing’ the meridians. It will also make sense if you are familiar with meridian system of Acupuncture (and some basic principles of TCM) and you want to be creative with Colorpuncture, building your own treatment protocols.
This question comes from a confusion between general Colour Indications in Colourpuncture and specific colours commonly assigned to meridians. And this is why it is so important to know some basic Colourpuncture rules when you create you own protocols with Colorpuncture. Please read Acupuncture Meridians: Colours for some basic information.
For example, we know that Orange is a colour of Joy and Blue is a colour of Relaxation. So it seems logical to assume that with depression or sadness and grief (which are signs of Lung/LI dis-balance according to TCM), we can attempt Orange and when we need to calm down anger – or/and an excess emotion in general (which is function of Liver/GB) then we can attempt Blue. However, Peter Mandel found, by extensive empirical research backed by EEA pictures, that in Colourpuncture particular colours are associated with particular meridians. Red/Green complementary work for Ki/Bl and Lu/LI; Orange/Blue for Stomach/Spleen and so on.
Here are some examples:
- For parallel meridians we usually use Colorpuncture complementary colours (though not always: please refer to Acupuncture Meridians: Colours)
- The exception is Dark (spectral) Turquoise because of its unique quality and place in a family of spectral colours. Turquoise is the Colour of the Soul. Just like the Soul ‘mediates’ between Body and Spirit in Colorpuncture system, Turquoise feeds into both principles (please refer to: Turquoise for the Soul).
- Some Acupuncture points and Reflex Zones lend themselves to multiple colour options: LI4 is usually treated in Red; but we use Blue when fever is present; Green on LI4 will detoxify; Turquoise here will look deeper into LI as an organ and a meridian and ‘Letting Go’ principle related to it.
- Sometimes we can choose between different colour variations in order to create a particular effect. For example, GB25 (Ki ‘alarm’ point according to TCM) we can treat either in Red/Green if we want to address Kidney function or in Yellow/Violet if we want to support Lymphatic system function.
- Another example: a centre point of a ‘Throng Mo triangle’ is treated in Red as a default to improver circulation in the lower belly; and there is an option to use Turquoise in cases of a reaction or/and less physical and more of an obscure, emotionally triggered Qi stagnation pattern.
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