Beautiful Passages from Nei Jing: Proper Insertion of the Needle.

This passage speaks for itself.  Ling Shu, chapter one:

“持针之道,坚者为宝,正指直刺,无针左右,神在秋毫,属意病者,审视血脉者,刺之无殆。”

“Technique for holding the needle, hold firmly as if holding a precious treasure, the fingers must be securely set for perpendicular insertion, do not needle [to the] left or right, the spirit is at the tip*, the doctor [must] focus the intention on the disease, check the pulse, acupuncture must not endanger the patient.”

* “神在秋毫” is literally, “the spirit is at the autumn down,” or the new fine down feathers with fine tips.  Obviously a tender reference to the tip of the needle.

Published by Raul Ramirez, L.Ac., Ph.D.

Physician, Catch Wrestler, Kickboxer, Vegan, Progressive

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