Thoughts on the Efficacy of Acupuncture in Nei Jing

The Nei Jing does not state that needle treatment is effective and that herbal medicine is not effective, but most diseases are curable with needle treatment alone.  Huang Di makes this next statement at the very beginning of Ling Shu, chapter one: “余子万民,养百姓, 而收其租税。余哀其不给,而属有疾病。余欲勿使被毒药,无用砭石,欲以微针痛其经脉,调其血气,营其逆顺出入之会,令可传于后世。”  “I am responsible to all the citizens, [I must] nourish theContinue reading “Thoughts on the Efficacy of Acupuncture in Nei Jing”

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,Continue reading “Beautiful Passages from Nei Jing: Proper Insertion of the Needle.”

Why a Needle?

    The needle must be used to treat the patient because the acupuncture point is under the skin. The tip of the needle touches the acupuncture point and begins the healing process. Ling Shu, chapter one describes the functional part of the needle as being the tip, “神在秋毫” “the spirit is at the tip.”*    If the needleContinue reading “Why a Needle?”

Nei Jing on the Vital Importance of the Acupuncture Needle

The acupuncture point is where the disease is treated by the doctor using acupuncture needles. This is the most vital aspect of eastern medicine. It has lost its place from the forefront of treatment. Many doctors have shifted the main treatment method to herbal medicine. The reason that acupuncture is not the first choice isContinue reading “Nei Jing on the Vital Importance of the Acupuncture Needle”