Twelve Needling Techniques

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12 needling techniques in Neijing to treat the diseases of the 12 meridians

Contents

1. Symmetrical Needling (Ou ci)
2. Trigger Needling (Bao ci)
3. Rehabilitating Needling (Hui ci)
4. Ranked Needling (Qi ci)
5. Surrounded Needling (Yang ci)
6. Straight Needling (Zhizhen ci)
7. Shu Needling (Shu ci)
8. Close-bone Needling (Duan ci)
9. Superficial Needling (Fou ci)
10. Yin Needling (Yin ci)
11.Accompanied needling (Pang zhen ci )
12. Repeatedly sparse needling

 

1. Symmetrical Needling (Ou ci)

Name:One needle is inserted on the front and another on the back.Yinyang needling

Method:
One hand presses the front (corresponding to Front- mu point on the chest), the other hand presses the back(corresponding to Back-shu point). The needles are inserted into the tenderness felt on the front and back. Such a front-back needling techniques is known as symmetrical needling

Clinical application:
To treat zang-fu organs’ diseases by the combination of front-mu and Back-shu points

 

2. Trigger Needling (Bao ci)


Name:
To repuncture after the needle is withdrawn.

Method:
To needle the region felt painful by the patient. When the needle is manipulated, ask the patient whether the pain of the needled region is stopped. Then tenderness on the other region is needled.

Clinical application:
To treat wandering Bi-syndrome

 

3. Rehabilitating Needling (Hui ci)


Name:
This method helps restore the function of the affected part

Method:
The needle is inserted beside the joint. When needling-sensation is obtained, ask the patient to move the joint and repeatedly change the direction of needling for dredging the meridians and relieving spasm of the tendons.

Clinical application:
To treat bi-syndrome due to cramps of musculature by needling around the affected region.

 

4. Ranked Needling (Qi ci)

Name:
To insert one needle first and then to insert one more needle on each side of it.

Method:
One needle is inserted into the middle and two are on both sides. Three needles are inserted at the same time.

Clinical application:
to treat deep Bi-syndrome over a small area

Note
This method is different from rehabilitating needling characterized by repeatedly needling in point with one needle or to more direction.but ranked needling is done by using three needles.

 

5. Surrounded Needling (Yang ci)


Name:
Characterized by insertion of one needle in the center and four around for shallow and superficial needling. “yang” means shallow

Method:
One needle is inserted on the middle and 4 others are inserted on the upper, lower, left and right respectively. The needled area is not concentrated. So it is called surrounded needling

Clinical application:
To treat Bi-syndrome with superficial cold retention in a large area.

Note

Plum needling was developed on the basis of surrounded needling

 

6. Straight Needling (Zhi zhen ci)

Name:
The skin is kneaded and the needle is inserted into the location of the disease

Method:
Knead the points, and needle subcutaneously (between the skin and muscle)---SHALLOW

Clinical application:
To treat superficial and collateral disease by shallow needling.

Note
This method is now known as needling by the skin or transverse needling

 

7. Shu Needling (Shu ci)

Name:
To direct yang away from yin to eliminate heat

Method:
The needle is inserted perpendicularly deep to wait for needling-sensation and when needling-sensation is obtained, the needle is slowly withdrawn

Clinical application:
To eliminate pathogenic heat through directing yang away from yin

 

8. Close-bone Needling (Duan ci)

Name:
Used to needle the region near the bone

Method:
To insert the needle slowly to the deep by slight shaking and then to rotate it mildly when it gets near the bone

Clinical application:
To treat deep located disease like bone Bi-syndrome

 

 

 

9. Superficial Needling (Fou ci)

Name:
This is an obliquely superficial needling technique

Method:
Obliquely shallow needling (on the superficial of the muscle)

Clinical application:
To treat cold cramps of muscles; and numbness syndromes

Notes
Superficial needling, cutaneous needling and surrounded needling all belong to shallow needling. But superficial and cutaneous needling means shallow needling with fewer needles, while surrounded needling means shallow needling with more needles

 

 

 

10. Yin Needling (Yin ci)

Name:
Simultaneous needling of the points located on both sides

Method:
To needle an point on the right and left sides simultaneously

Clinical application:
To treat yin cold

Note
Acupoints of the same name on the left and right sides are needled at the same time.

 

 

11.Accompanied needling (Pang zhen ci )

Name:
To insert one needle into the selected point and another into the point nearby.

Method:
One needle is inserted perpendicularly, and another is inserted obliquely beside

Clinical application:
Is used to treat stubborn Bi-syndrome with obvious tenderness and fixed location

Note:
This method is used to help dredge the meridian and activate the collaterals over the tenderness

 

 

12. Repeatedly sparse needling (Zhuan ci)

Name:
This way of needling can help subside sores and swelling.

Method:
The needle inserted perpendicularly, and withdrawn straightly, characterized by shallow needling and quick withdrawal of the needle. This is repeated, sparse,shallow and bloodletting technique

Clinical application:
To treat carbuncle,furuncle and erysipelas

 

Nine Kinds Needling Techniques (jiu ci)

 

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