George Soulie de Morant describes on one page the concept of treating pain with acupuncture. "The Great Puncture" summarizes many of the modern ideas of acupuncture treatment for pain. What is interesting to note is, most of these "modern scholars" claim that they discovered this information. One cannot understand such a claim from practitioners who claim to be well read. Such theories have been discussed by great acupuncturist for over a 1,000 years and Morant clearly describes the concepts in his book, "Chinese Acupuncture."
The Great Puncture
Instruments which measure the energy have permitted us to verify and to extend certain observations made by antiquity, observations which render the greatest services in the management of energy. The opposite polarization of whole parts of the body is involved here. We fall back on the yin-yang law of relativity; electrically, the positive and negative poles.
If one applies an electrode on a part which is a yang positive pole and the other electrode on a part which is a yin negative pole, the needle moves and gives a potential. But if one applies an electrode on two yang parts — the same side of an arm or hand, and particularly along the same meridian — the needle does not move. It gives no potential.
It seems thus that the designations "positive-negative," "yin-yang" of each part of the body correspond to an energetic-electric reality and not to some theoretical idea as some people have thought.
Thus, positive-yang are: the right lateral half of the body, the upper half from the waist, the cutaneous surface, the external side of the limbs, and the back. Likewise, negative-yin are: the left lateral half of the body, the lower half from the waist, the internal organs, the internal face of the limbs, and the anterior thorax and abdomen. But it is a matter of relativity: thus, the head is yang relative to the extremities, while the upper limbs are yang relative to the lower limbs.
Practically, for the management of energy, every stimulation causes a transfer of equal quantity on the opposite term. Thus, if there is excess in the right side, tonification of the left side at the symmetrical point will cause the excess of the right to pass into the insufficiency or even normality of the left. To tonify the external yang side of a limb will empty the internal yin side of its excess. The yang pains of the head are dispersed by tonifying the yin hands. The pains of the shoulder and arm are dispersed by tonifying the feet, the excess of the right part of the face by tonifying the left part. Insufficiencies of the right arm are tonified by dispersing the left arm.
For the action to be fully successful, one must choose the symmetrical point on the opposite branch of the same meridian for the opposite puncture, for the symmetrical part of the body. For different limbs or opposite sides of the body or limbs or different parts of the body, choose a point of the meridian opposite (by the midday-midnight law) to the meridian crossing the troubled part, that is, a yin meridian point for a yang meridian problem, and vice versa.
Thus, migraines of the right temple (yang, gallbladder in excess) will be helped by tonifying a point of the yin heart meridian, particularly on the left hand. An excess of the yang large intestine is dispersed by tonifying a yin kidney point on the foot; an excess of the yin kidneys by tonifying a yang large intestine point on the hand — particularly on the opposite side.
If the improvement is not complete, it is possible, since the energy is directed towards the opposite side, to directly treat the troubled area.
For the parts of the body as well as for the organs, through the transfer of the energy, it is impossible to tonify one region without tonifying another of the same sign and to disperse another of the opposite sign, and vice versa.
An old aphorism states: "When the tiger is in the house, it is wise to open the doors and windows before taking him by the tail."
There are many energetic relationships that Morant expects the student of acupuncture to already know when reading "The Great Puncture" however , even a novice can see that local needling for pain management is NOT included here. Local needling is the lowest level of acupuncture and done last, if at all. Therefore, if you notice that you get local needles for your pain condition and it has not improved you may want to re-evaluate your clinician. Unfortunately, many health care practitioners that are allowed to practice acupuncture with little or no training often utilize very low levels of acupuncture in the treatment of pain, especially local needling.
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