The Shen, Yi and Zhi and Needling in the Nei Jing

Acupuncture Points

The Nei Jing, and especially the Ling Shu, contains very many passages with instructions to acupuncturists as to how to needle. All these passages give instructions as to how to engage the Shen, Yi or Zhi (of the practitioner) when needling. Just as a reminder, Yi is the mental faculty of the Spleen which refers … Read More

The Clinical Use of the Back-Shu Points

Acupuncture Points

When giving my lectures I am often surprised by the fact that many practitioners do not use the Back-Shu points very much. In this short article I would like to explain how I use the Back-Shu points in practice. The Back-Shu points are mentioned in various chapters of the Nei Jing. Chapter 51 of the … Read More

More on P-6 Neiguan

Acupuncture Points

I would like to expand on what I said about P-6 Neiguan last month. P-6 Neiguan is a complex point, rich in clinical applications. Descend Stomach-Qi P-6 is closely connected to the Stomach channel and, for this reason, it is a major point to make Stomach-Qi descend. For this reason, it treats vomiting, nausea, belching … Read More

On P-6 Neiguan

Acupuncture Points

P-6 Neiguan is one of the most important and most widely used acupuncture points. First of all, let us analyse the name “Nei Guan”. “Nei” means “inner” and there is no disagreement about this. However, the second half of the name “Guan” can have different interpretations. In ordinary, every-day language, “guan” means to “shut”, “close”, … Read More

Bl-22 Sanjiaoshu

Acupuncture Points

Since the previous Clinical Tips were about the Swollen tongue and Phlegm, the use of acupuncture to resolve Dampness and Phlegm and the use of ST-40 to resolve Phlegm, I would like to stay with the subject of fluids pathology and discuss the use of the point BL-22 Sanjiaoshu. I have mentioned this point in … Read More

St-40 Fenglong

Acupuncture Points

The last Clinical Tip discussed the treatment of Dampness and Phlegm and it started with a reference to ST-40 Fenglong. It seems therefore appropriate now to discuss the clinical use of the point ST-40 Fenglong. As I said in the previous Clinical Tip, whenever I mention ST-40 in the course of my lectures, everybody associates … Read More

Sp-4 Gongsun

Acupuncture Points

The meaning of the name of the point SP-4 (Gong Sun) is the subject of much discussion. I have never been convinced by the translation of Gong Sun as “Grandfather-grandson” (or rather grandchild). Besides being the Luo point of the Spleen, SP-4 is also the master point of the Chong Mai.Although the translation of Gong … Read More

My Favourite Point: G.b.-13 Benshen Spirit Root

Acupuncture Points, Calm the Mind

a) NaturePoint of the Yang Linking Vessel (Yang Wei Mai). Meeting point of the 3 Yang Muscle channels of the arm.b) Actions- Calms the Mind (Shen) and settles the Ethereal Soul (Hin)- Subdues Liver-Yang- Extinguishes Wind- Resolves Phlegm- Gathers Essence (Jing) to the head- Clears the brain.c) IndicationsManic behaviour, frightHeadache, dizzinessEpilepsy, hemiplegia, convulsionsVomiting of foamy … Read More

My Favourite Points – no. 2

Acupuncture Points, Qi

LU-3 Tianfu (3 cun below axillary fold) Window of Heaven point. These points regulate the ascending and descending of Qi from the body to and from the head: they do so in the crucial neck area. Therefore, they can both subdue rebellious Qi and promote the ascending of clear Qi to the head. On a … Read More