Acupuncture Treatment of the 3 Yin Jing-Jin (“Sinew Meridians”): the Medial and Axial Tracts

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The 3 yin  筋 jing-jin (taiyin, shaoyin, and jueyin--"sinew meridians") of Chinese medicine describe myofascial tracts that run along the medial and axial regions of the body from head to toe. Understanding the 3 yin jing-jin can guide clinicians from where pain is felt distally and proximally towards additional muscles, tendons, joints and ligaments that also may need treatment. Learn classical and modern examination and treatment of the 3 yin jing-jin tissues, including:

Leg 3 Yin Jing-Jin

  • Abductor hallucis
  • Deltoid and spring ligaments
  • Tibialis posterior
  • Flexors hallucis and digitorum
  • Popliteus
  • Medial collateral ligament and meniscus
  • Pes anserinus tendon
  • Sartorius
  • Gracilis
  • Vastus medialis obliquus
  • Adductors longus, magnus, and brevis
  • Pectineus
  • Psoas
  • Multifidi

Arm 3 Yin Jing-Jin

  • Pectoralis major and minor
  • Anterior capsules of glenohumeral and acromioclavicular joints
  • Subscapularis
  • Serratus anterior
  • Coracobrachialis and brachialis
  • Supinator
  • Pronator teres
  • Flexors digitorum and pollicis
  • Flexor carpi ulnaris

Learn classical and modern methods of treating the jing-jin, including:

Instructional methods include:

  • Comparison of ancient sources with dissection studies and functional analyses of myofascial tissues: bony attachments and kinematic chains of muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia
  • Review of postural vs. phasic muscles and balance between agonist/antagonist muscle groups.
  • Demonstration of classical palpation techniques integrated with assessment of the movement, strength, and joint stabilization functions of the shaoyang jing-jin
  • Anatomical charts of myofascial referred pain patterns, including muscle attachment sites and functions, innervation, and trigger, motor and Chinese new/miscellaneous points for over 25 muscles and connective tissue structures that form the taiyang jing-jin.

Knowing the jing-jin is a valuable complement to the cross-sectional approach of contemporary orthopedics, and opens up to avenues towards holistic rehabilitation from injuries, pain and disability, including:

  • Decreased muscle-tendon pain and tension, and improved strength and function.
  • Decreased joint pain and enhanced stability and biomechanics.
  • Increased flexibility and range-of-motion.
  • Restored sensory, motor and proprioceptive function.

Acupuncture Treatment of the Jing-Jin ("Sinew Meridians"): Introduction is strongly recommended as a pre-requisite.

See the other classes in this 4-part series:  Taiyang, Yangming and 3 Yin Jing-Jin. Take more than 1 for 10% off each!

Suggested Class Preparation

Prior review of clinical musculoskeletal anatomy and kinesiology of the medial and axial body structures listed above (including joints and their planes of motion, ligaments, tendons, muscle attachments and functions, innervation) is recommended to make the most of this learning opportunity. Students are advised to have ready access to clinical anatomy references texts, apps or on-line resources during live webinars and in-person classes.

Texts referenced in this class include:

  • Acupuncture: A Comprehensive Text. Shanghai College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. O’Connor and Bensky, trans. and ed. (1981)
  • Kendall, Donald E. The Dao of Chinese Medicine: Understanding an Ancient Health Art. (2002)
  • Legge, David. Jing Jin: Acupuncture Treatment of the Muscular System Using the Meridian Sinews.  (2010)
  • Meyers, Thomas W. Anatomy Trains: Myofascial Meridians for Movement Therapists. (2009)
  • Simmons, Travell, Simmons and Cummings. Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: The Trigger Point Manual, vols. 1-2. (any edition)

Student Ratings and Comments

from evaluations as required by California Acupuncture Board, prior live class offerings in 2016 and 2017.

Respondents: 34 of 39 enrolled

Average rating: 99/100

  • “Very articulate and precise…great 1-on-1 attention.  –Jessica Giese-Garderner, L.Ac.
  • “Amazing–Thank you!  –Jessica Luehrs, L.Ac.
  • This class was a really great review as well as including new material” —Daniele Uzes, L.Ac.
  • “Great knowledge of anatomy, very in-depth. Thank you for adding to the written notes on-line…I really appreciated Anthony’s in-depth clinical experience and his willingness to share..I’m taking more classes!!!”   –Monica Bowditch, L.Ac.
  • “Tons of great info, many applicable tools, with some practice indeed…great for sports acu/pain/ortho.” —Joe Sarti, L.Ac.
  • “I especially enjoyed reviewing anatomy whilst doing practical exercises to improve my skills…very good explanations…great that notes are digital and linked.” –Michael E. Brown, Jr., L.Ac.
  • “Excellent visual, written, learning aids, skeleton, slides…more explanation of pictures in written notes would be helpful…great for experienced practitioners…Looking forward to seeing video footage of up-close needling techniques, ACL/PCL would be good to see on video…This class was excellent!” –Tamara Brown, L.Ac.
  • “I like the charts and photos, this is truly useful!” —Anonymous, L.Ac.
  • "Excellent!" --Anonymous
  • "I learned a lot. Anthony is very knowledgeable."  --Anonymous
  • “I wish I had taken this when I got my license in 2006.” —Anonymous, L.Ac.