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Yin-Yang and the Inner Phases: Understanding the Five Phases of Acupuncture in Theory and Clinical Practice
Yin-Yang and the Inner Phases: Understanding the Five Phases of Acupuncture in Theory and Clinical Practice
Yin-Yang and the Inner Phases: Understanding the Five Phases of Acupuncture in Theory and Clinical Practice
 
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The book, "Yin-Yang and the Inner Phases: Understanding the Five Phases of Acupuncture in Theory and Clinical Practice," is finally ready for publication and is now available for purchase.

"The Inner Phases" builds on the systematization developed in "The Five Phases of Acupuncture in the Classical Texts" and extends these principles further into treatment approaches.  In "The Classical Texts," from 35-50 different psycho-emotional categories for each of the Five Phases were documented from the classics, described in etymological detail, and explained in modern day language.  In "The Inner Phases," Dennis shows how these attributes work together to define psycho-spiritual harmony and how this disharmony develops.  Each of the Five Phases has the Five Phases within it to reveal an even much greater subtlety of expression.  For example, Wood within Fire, Fire within Fire, Soil within Fire, Metal within Fire, and Water within Fire.  Each of these subcategories show how the basic paradigm of the Five Phases develops into more subtle and more personal expressions that reveal any given person's temperament.

More importantly, these "Inner Phases" have direct application to acupuncture for treatment through the Command Points on the arms and legs.  Not only do these points give direct access from diagnosis to treatment, this level of treatment also creates an immediate improvement on the radial pulse patterns used in acupuncture.  This method also creates the all-important link between the body and the mind, which through this protocol can be done with precision.

Comprehensive acupuncture treatment consists of two different levels: the Root and the Branch.  Root treatment is based upon the Five Phases and uses the Inner Phases to make adjustments to the person's fundamental imbalance.  Often, these simple one to four needle treatments are enough to balance the pulse and create the desired change on the symptomatic, preventive, and fulfillment levels.  Treating people with the Inner Phases is really a joy because it totally affirms the beauty and truth of the original acupuncture principles.  Branch treatment involves an additional theoretical construct and a different choice of points and is used to supplement Root treatment.  The topic of Branch Treatment will be discussed in another volume.

In this book, Dennis explores how these ideas were first presented in the Classics and then how they have been used and developed in Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, Chinese, and European traditions.  The idea is to grasp the principles used by all these great traditions and systematize them into an inclusive approach that honors and transcends these traditions and then frees the practitioner to relate more directly to the patient.  

Part I of this book provides the translations of all material on the Five Phases from the Chinese Medical Classics (primarily the Suwen and Lingshu) in a systematic order beginning with the Direction as the fundamental starting point and continuing with a Yin-Yang division into Heaven, Earth, and Man that represents the cosmological, physiological, and psycho-emotional correspondence for each Phase.  The translations are not presented in the random order in which they appear in the classics but in the strict Yin-Yang order described above.  This order is more suitable for developing the material along the practical lines necessary for clinical practice.  They also provide the basis for interpreting the Inner Phases (Phases within Phases) that is the foundation for healing on the Root Level.  Commentaries are also provided for each of these sections so the translations can be thoroughly and more easily understood.  This material is based upon the author’s initial work on the Five Phases, The Five Phases of Acupuncture in the Classical Texts, which presents this same material in a more comprehensive but less systematic way.  

In addition, psycho-emotional material relating to the Emotions, Spirits, VIRTUE/EMPOWERMENTS, and the Officials of each Phase are presented in the same simple but complete and systematic fashion.  Finally, all of the psycho-emotional material is organized according to the Yin and Yang imbalances of each Phase along with the overall challenges and solutions to lie each Phase presents.  This material then becomes the foundation for Part II.

Part II takes the Yin, Yang, and Balance aspects of these translations and combines them so it is easy to see how these configurations might appear in both Excess and Deficient situations.  In addition, the interplay of each configuration is further interpreted according to its interaction with the Official functions of the Solid and Hollow Organs of the primary Phase in question.  To show how these interpretations fit classical understanding, the symbols of the pointnames for each configuration is also explained.  These interpretations show that the different parts of acupuncture theory fit together easily whether or not the old masters were thinking in terms of the Inner Phases.  Such a close fit demonstrates the applicability of Yin-Yang acupuncture principles in a way that transcends any particular tradition or whether it is classical or modern.  In a final demonstration of how well these principles really do complement one another, the pointname symbols are compared and contrasted with modern TCM function to show how their commonality finds expression in different focuses that bring out the value of different types of diversity within the unified whole.

Part III analyzes each Inner Phase configuration in terms of the different kinds of One Needle, Two Needle, and Four Needle Techniques it can be used with in treatment.  These techniques form the basis of Root Level Treatment.  Psycho-emotional interpretations of each configuration are given followed by a detailed interpretation of various physiological treatments that use the particular Inner Phase point being discussed.  These treatments come from rare and out of print Korean and pre-TCM sources and are remarkable for their sophistication and power.  These interpretations go into considerable detail to explain the Five Phase connection, the energetics of all seventy-one meridians, the functions, and the relevant pointnames of each point used in the formula to reach an intelligent understanding of how these formulas are put together.  
Furthermore, each formula is interpreted according to four hierarchies of point action: The Emperor Point, which targets the Root Level of treatment; the Minister Point, which reinforces the actions of the Emperor Point as well as takes all co-existing patterns or disease into consideration; the Assistant Point, which treats minor aspects of the disorder or enhances areas not fully covered by the Emperor or Minister; and the Messenger Point, which takes the formula into the area of the Body/Mind/Spirit that is most needed.  These four hierarchies of points form the basis upon which Root and Branch treatment can be successfully built.  This section is a tour de force of acupuncture energetics and elevates the current standard for building point formulas to a world class level.  

Part IV goes over the different types of Four Needle Techniques for the Tonification, Dispersion, Heating, and Cooling of each Phase.  Both psycho-emotional and physiological interpretations of how each of these treatments work are given.  The physiological interpretation Korean Disease Categories and TCM Organ Patterns for both the Yin and Yang Organs associated with each Phase.

565 pages.

Here is what some significant authorities on the subject had to say about this book:

“Yin-Yang and the Inner Phases is the best book I have ever read on clinical application of the Yin-Yang and the Five Phase Principles in acupuncture.  Especially, Chapter III: “Inner-Phase Relationship” is the most extensive extrapolation and application of the Five Phase Principles ever published in English.  It makes the whole system come to life in a dynamic manner.  Dennis’ comprehensive discussion on the Four Needle Technique and Advanced Four Needle Technique is priceless.  I highly recommend the book to all acupuncturists who sincerely desire to study the very effective and fundamental techniques in Chinese, Korean and Japanese acupuncture.”
—Miki Shima, OMD, L.Ac., linguist, board member of the California Acupuncture Examining Committee for seven years, President of the California Acupuncture Association, recipient of “Life-Time Achievement Award” from the AAAOM in 2004, author of Medical I Ching; Channel Divergences―Deeper Pathways of the Web; and An Exposition on the Eight Extraordinary Vessels.

“Dennis Willmont’s scholarly enterprise has truly gifted the world with new and important resources for learning Chinese Medicine.  Students who had been limited to English language texts with tiny little quotes from original source text material can now walk along a fully illuminated trail that Dennis continues to blaze.  The volume and depth of information is truly stunning.  He parses out and deciphers each detail of his explanations with such precision that it actually unfolds with remarkable ease!  In addition, most acupuncturists will enjoy using it as an organized reference for the specific treatment strategies described at the end of the book.”
—Cindy Banker, MA, Dipl. ABT (NCCAOM); AOBTA®-Certified Instructor in Five Element Shiatsu

“As someone who has studied and taught Five Phase Acupuncture for more than twenty years, I can say that Dennis Willmont’s new book on the Inner Phases has presented a substantial amount of material that I was not previously aware of before.  This material will be useful in explaining where the emotions mentioned for specific Phases come from, as the students always want to know, especially in the greater detail that Dennis provides.  More than just a straightforward read, this book has provided the framework for much deeper and more complete study of Five Phase Acupuncture than has been available to date.  It deserves to reach as wide an audience as possible.”
—Joseph A. Kay, L.Ac, Co Chair of Japanese Acupuncture Studies Department at the New England School of Acupuncture

“Dennis’ manuscript is quite an achievement.  His theoretical interpretations of the Five Phases are particularly insightful and reach a new level of understanding while avoiding all of the common misinterpretations.  The explanations of Chinese translations and their clinical meaning are clear and practical.”
—Dan Kenner, Ph.D., L.Ac., author, member of the Board of Governors of the National Health Federation, integrative medical clinic consultant in Germany and the Netherlands, world-wide lecturer

“My original studies in the 1970s were with JR Worsley, the originator of the Five Element School of acupuncture in the West.  Coming from that tradition, I can especially appreciate the extraordinary depth, clarity, and unity that this book brings to the core foundation of Oriental healing.  The combination of theory, philosophy, etymology, diagnosis and treatment protocols sets this book apart from all others.  As academic dean of a TCM school from 2000-2003, I can say that this book could easily provide beginning students with a solid grounding in the Five Phases, serve as a valuable textbook for doctorate students, and inspire any acupuncturist’s ongoing study and practice.  Every page is abundant in ideas and information that have added to my personal understanding as a teacher and as a practitioner.  I am confident that this book will contribute profoundly to the literature of Oriental medicine.”
—Michael Rossoff, L.Ac.; Past Academic Dean of Atlantic University of Chinese Medicine, Asheville, North Carolina
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Table of Contents
INNER MEANING OF THE COVER DESIGN 1
PREFACE 5

INTRODUCTION 7
    YIN-YANG 7
    • Mutual Correspondence 7
    • The Five Phases 8
    THE FIVE PHASE CROSS 15
    • General 15 Soil 15 The Vertical Pole: Fire and Water 16 The Horizontal Pole: Wood and Metal 16
    HISTORY 18
    • The Medical Classics 18 The Confucian Classics 19 Modern Integration 19
PART I: THE FIVE INDIVIDUAL PHASES 25
    SOIL: SPLEEN AND STOMACH 25
    • The Direction: Center 25
    • Heaven: The Cosmological Correlations 25
    • Earth: The Physiological Correlations 27
    • Man: The Balanced Soil Temperament 28
    • Soil Phase Emotion/Spirit/Empowerment 34
    • The Soil Officials 37
    • Soil Imbalance 38
    • Summary 42
    WATER: KIDNEY AND BLADDER 45
    • The Direction: North 45
    • Heaven: The Cosmological Correlations 45
    • Earth: The Physiological Correlations 47
    • Man: The Balanced Water Temperament 48
    • Water Phase Emotion/Spirit/Empowerment 51
    • The Water Officials 53
    • Water Imbalance 54
    • Summary 58
    FIRE: HEART AND SMALL INTESTINE 61
    • The Direction: South 61
    • Heaven: The Cosmological Correlations 61
    • Earth: The Physiological Correlations 62
    • Man: The Balanced Fire Temperament 64
    • Fire Phase Emotion/Spirit/Empowerment 66
    • The Fire Officials 68
    • Fire Imbalance 69
    • Summary 73
    METAL: LUNG AND LARGE INTESTINE 77
    • The Direction: West 77
    • Heaven: The Cosmological Correlations 78
    • Earth: The Physiological Correlations 80
    • Man: The Balanced Metal Temperament 81
    • Metal Phase Emotion/Spirit/Empowerment 84
    • The Metal Officials 86
    • Metal Imbalance 87
    • Summary 90
    WOOD: LIVER AND GALL BLADDER 95
    • The Direction: East 95
    • Heaven: The Cosmological Correlations 95
    • Earth: The Physiological Correlations 97
    • Man: The Balanced Wood Temperament 98
    • Wood Phase Emotion/Spirit/Empowerment 100
    • The Wood Officials 102
    • Wood Imbalance 103
    • Summary 107
PART II: THE SIXTY INNER PHASES 109
    GENERAL MEANING 109
    • Definition 109
    • Inner-Phase Relationships 111
    INNER PHASE RELATIONSHIPS 117
    • Soil 117
      • Soil Within Soil 117
        • Deficiency 117
        • Excess 118
        • Yin-Yang, Coupled Organ Influence 118
        • Interpretation of the Pointnames 118
        • TCM and Five Phase Point Functions 118
      • Water Within Soil 120
        • Deficiency 120
        • Excess 120
        • Yin-Yang, Coupled Organ Influence 121
        • Interpretation of the Pointnames 121
        • TCM and Five Phase Point Functions 121
      • Fire Within Soil 122
        • Deficiency 122
        • Excess 123
        • Yin-Yang, Coupled Organ Influence 123
        • Interpretation of the Pointnames 123
        • TCM and Five Phase Point Functions 124
      • Metal Within Soil 125
        • Deficiency 125
        • Excess 126
        • Yin-Yang, Coupled Organ Influence 126
        • Interpretation of the Pointnames 126
        • TCM and Five Phase Point Functions 127
      • Wood Within Soil 128
        • Deficiency 128
        • Excess 128
        • Yin-Yang, Coupled Organ Influence 129
        • Interpretation of the Pointnames 129
        • TCM and Five Phase Point Functions 129
    • Water 131
      • Water Within Water 131
        • Deficiency 131
        • Excess 131
        • Yin-Yang, Coupled Organ Influence 131
        • Interpretation of the Pointnames 132
        • TCM and Five Phase Point Functions 132
      • Fire Within Water 134
        • Deficiency 134
        • Excess 135
        • Yin-Yang, Coupled Organ Influence 135
        • Interpretation of the Pointnames 135
        • TCM and Five Phase Point Functions 136
      • Metal Within Water 137
        • Deficiency 137
        • Excess 138
        • Yin-Yang, Coupled Organ Influence 138
        • Interpretation of the Pointnames 138
        • TCM and Five Phase Point Functions 139
      • Wood Within Water 140
        • Deficiency 140
        • Excess 141
        • Yin-Yang, Coupled Organ Influence 141
        • Interpretation of the Pointnames 141
        • TCM and Five Phase Point Functions 142
      • Soil Within Water 143
        • Deficiency 143
        • Excess 144
        • Yin-Yang, Coupled Organ Influence 144
        • Interpretation of the Pointnames 144
        • TCM and Five Phase Point Functions 145
    • Fire 147
      • Fire Within Fire 147
        • Deficiency 147
        • Excess 147
        • Yin-Yang, Coupled Organ Influence 148
        • Interpretation of the Pointnames 148
        • TCM and Five Phase Point Functions 149
      • Metal Within Fire 150
        • Deficiency 150
        • Excess 151
        • Yin-Yang, Coupled Organ Influence 151
        • Interpretation of the Pointnames 151
        • TCM and Five Phase Point Functions 152
      • Wood Within Fire 154
        • Deficiency 155
        • Excess 155
        • Yin-Yang, Coupled Organ Influence 155
        • Interpretation of the Pointnames 155
        • TCM and Five Phase Point Functions 156
      • Soil Within Fire 157
        • Deficiency 157
        • Excess 158
        • Yin-Yang, Coupled Organ Influence 158
        • Interpretation of the Pointnames 158
        • TCM and Five Phase Point Functions 160
      • Water Within Fire 162
        • Deficiency 162
        • Excess 163
        • Yin-Yang, Coupled Organ Influence 163
        • Interpretation of the Pointnames 163
        • TCM and Five Phase Point Functions 164
    • Metal 165
      • Metal Within Metal 165
        • Deficiency 165
        • Excess 166
        • Yin-Yang, Coupled Organ Influence 166
        • Interpretation of the Pointnames 166
        • TCM and Five Phase Point Functions 167
      • Wood Within Metal 168
        • Deficiency 168
        • Excess 169
        • Yin-Yang, Coupled Organ Yin-Yang, Coupled Organ Influence 169
        • Interpretation of the Pointnames 169
        • TCM and Five Phase Point Functions 170
      • Soil Within Metal 171
        • Deficiency 171
        • Excess 172
        • Yin-Yang, Coupled Organ Influence 172
        • Interpretation of the Pointnames 172
        • TCM and Five Phase Point Functions 173
      • Water Within Metal 174
        • Deficiency 174
        • Excess 175
        • Yin-Yang, Coupled Organ Influence 175
        • Interpretation of the Pointnames 175
        • TCM and Five Phase Point Functions 176
      • Fire Within Metal 177
        • Deficiency 177
        • Excess 178
        • Yin-Yang, Coupled Organ Influence 178
        • Interpretation of the Pointnames 178
        • TCM and Five Phase Point Functions 179
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    • Wood 181
      • Wood Within Wood 181
        • Deficiency 181
        • Excess 182
        • Yin-Yang, Coupled Organ Influence 182
        • Interpretation of the Pointnames 182
        • TCM and Five Phase Point Functions 183
      • Soil Within Wood 184
        • Deficiency 184
        • Excess 185
        • Yin-Yang, Coupled Organ Influence 185
        • Interpretation of the Pointnames 185
        • TCM and Five Phase Point Functions 185
      • Water Within Wood 187
        • Deficiency 187
        • Excess 188
        • Yin-Yang, Coupled Organ Influence 188
        • Interpretation of the Pointnames 188
        • TCM and Five Phase Point Functions 189
      • Fire Within Wood 190
        • Deficiency 190
        • Excess 191
        • Yin-Yang, Coupled Organ Influence 191
        • Interpretation of the Pointnames 191
        • TCM and Five Phase Point Functions 192
      • Metal Within Wood 193
        • Deficiency 193
        • Excess 194
        • Yin-Yang, Coupled Organ Influence 194
        • Interpretation of the Pointnames 194
        • TCM and Five Phase Point Functions 195
    PART III: INTER-PHASE RELATIONSHIPS 197
      GENERAL PRINCIPLES 197
      • Horary Relationship 198
      • Reduction Relationship 199
      • Tonification Relationship 199
      • Control Relationship 199
      • Dispersion Relationship 199
        • Basic Principles of the Dispersion Relationship 199
            ROOT AND BRANCH TREATMENT 200
            • The Four Hierarchies of a Treatment Formula 201
            • Using the Inter-Phase Points 202
              • Needle Techniques 202
              • The Two Needle Technique 204
              • Two Needle Technique: Treatments 208
              • Two Needle Technique: More Variations 210
              • Four Needle Technique: Treatments 211
            • Tonification Point 217
              • Inoue’s Version B 217
              • Extrapolated Version B 217
            • Dispersion Point 218
              • Inoue’s Version B 218
              • Extrapolated Version B 219
              • Tonification and Dispersion Techniques and Principles 221
                • Horary Point 221
                • Control Point 222
                • Tonification Point 222
                • Dispersion Point 226
                • Reduction Point 229
              EXCEPTIONS TO THE RULE 231
              • Inconsistency of Terms 231
              • Redefining the Terms 232
              • The Horizontal Arm Regularities 232
                • Metal Phase 232
                • Wood Phase 233
                • Soil Phase 233
              • The Vertical Arm Inconsistencies 233
                • Water Phase 234
                • Fire Phase 234
                • Clearly Defining the Principle 235
                ON HEATING AND COOLING 236
                • Heating Treatments 236
            • Cooling Treatments 236
          • Exceptions to the Rule 237
            • Why are Two Fire Phase Meridians Exempt from the General Principle? 237
            • Why is the Large Intestine Meridian also an Exception to the Rule? 238
          SOIL 241
          • Soil Within Soil: The Horary Point (Sp3/St36) 241
            • Treatment Formulas 241
            • Interpretations 241
              • The One Needle Technique 241
              • Metal Phase One Needle Tonification Pulses 241
              • The Two Needle Technique 242
            • Symptomatic Treatments 242
              • Stomach 242
              • Spleen 245
          • Water Within Soil: The Reduction Point (Sp9/St44) 246
            • Description 246
            • Symptomatic Treatments 246
              • Stomach 246
              • Spleen 248
          • Fire Within Soil: The Tonification Point (Sp2/St41) 251
            • Treatment Formula 251
            • Interpretation 251
              • The One Needle Technique 251
              • Soil Phase One Needle Tonification Pulses 251
              • The Two Needle Technique 251
            • Symptomatic Treatments 252
              • Stomach 252
              • Spleen 252
          • Metal Within Soil: The Dispersion Point (Sp5, St45) 254
            • Treatment Formula 254
            • Interpretation 254
              • The One Needle Technique 254
              • Soil Phase One Needle Dispersion Pulses 254
              • The Two Needle Technique 255
            • Symptomatic Treatments 255
              • Stomach 255
              • Spleen 255
          • Wood Within Soil: The Control Point (Sp1/St43) 257
            • Treatment Formula 257
            • Interpretation 257
              • The One Needle Technique 257
              • Soil Phase One Needle Dispersion Pulses 257
            • Symptomatic Treatments 258
              • Stomach 258
              • Spleen 258
            WATER 261
            • Water Within Water: The Horary Point (K10/B66) 261
              • Treatment Formula(s) 261
              • Interpretations 261
                • The One Needle Technique 261
                • Bladder One Needle Tonification Pulses 261
                • The Two Needle Technique 261
              • Symptomatic Treatments 262
                • Kidney 262
                • Bladder 263
            • Fire Within Water: The Reduction Point (K2/B60) 265
              • Interpretation 265
              • Symptomatic Treatments 265
                • Bladder 265
                • Kidney 267
            • Metal Within Water: The Tonification Point (K7/B67) 269
              • Treatment Formula 269
              • Interpretation 269
                • The One Needle Technique 269
                • Water Phase One Needle Tonification Pulses 269
                • The Two Needle Technique 269
                • Water Phase Two Needle Tonification Pulses 270
              • Symptomatic Treatments 270
                • Bladder 270
                • Kidney 270
            • Wood Within Water: The Dispersion Point (K1/B65) 272
              • Treatment Formula 272
              • Interpretation 272
                • The One Needle Technique 272
                • Water Phase One Needle Pulses 272
                • The Two Needle Technique 272
                • Water Phase Two Needle Dispersion Pulses 273
              • Symptomatic Treatments 273
                • Bladder 273
                • Kidney 273
            • Soil Within Water: The Control Point (K3/B54) 275
              • Treatment Formula 275
              • Interpretation 275
                • The One Needle Technique 275
                • Water Phase One Needle Control Pulses 276
                • The Two Needle Technique 276
              • Symptomatic Treatments 276
                • Bladder 276
                • Kidney 277
              FIRE 279
              • Fire Within Fire: The Horary Point (H8/SI5) 279
                • Treatment Formula(s) 279
                • Interpretation 279
                  • The One Needle Technique 279
                  • Fire Phase One Needle Pulses 279
                  • The Two Needle Technique 279
                • Symptomatic Treatments 280
                  • Small Intestine 280
                  • Heart 280
                  • Triple Heater 281
                  • Pericardium 283
              • Metal Within Fire: The Reduction Point (H4/SI1) 284
                • Interpretation 284
                  • The One Needle Technique 284
                  • Metal Phase One Needle Reduction Pulses 284
                • Symptomatic Treatments 285
                  • Heart 285
                  • Small Intestine 285
              • Wood Within Fire: The Tonification Point (H9/SI3, P9/T3) 289
                • Treatment Formula 289
                • Interpretation 289
                  • The One Needle Technique 289
                  • Fire Phase One Needle Tonification Pulses 289
                  • The Two Needle Technique 289
                  • Fire Phase Two Needle Tonification Pulses 289
                • Symptomatic Treatments 290
                  • Heart 290
                  • Small Intestine 290
              • Soil Within Fire: The Dispersion Point (H7/SI8, P7/T10) 294
                • Treatment Formula 294
                • Interpretation 294
                  • The One Needle Technique 294
                  • Fire Phase One Needle Pulses 294
                  • The Two Needle Technique 294
                  • Fire Phase Two Needle Pulses 295
                • Symptomatic Treatments 295
                  • Heart 295
                  • Pericardium 299
                  • Triple Heater 299
              • Water Within Fire: The Control Point (H3/SI2) 300
                • Treatment Formula 300
                • Interpretation 300
                  • The One Needle Technique 300
                  • Fire Phase One Needle Control Pulses 300
                  • The Two Needle Technique 301
                • Symptomatic Treatments 301
                  • Heart 301
                  • Small Intestine 303
                  • Pericardium 303
                  • Triple Heater 303
                METAL 305
                • Metal Within Metal: The Horary Point (L8/LI1) 305
                  • Treatment Formula(s) 305
                  • Interpretation 305
                    • The One Needle Technique 305
                    • Metal Phase One Needle Pulses 305
                    • The Two Needle Technique 305
                  • Symptomatic Treatments 306
                    • Lung 306
                    • Large Intestine 306
                • Wood Within Metal: The Reduction Point (L11/LI3) 308
                  • Interpretation 308
                    • The One Needle Technique 308
                    • Wood Phase One Needle Reduction Pulses 308
                  • Symptomatic Treatments 308
                    • Lung 308
                    • Large Intestine 309
                • Soil Within Metal: The Tonification Point (L9/LI11) 311
                  • Treatment Formula 311
                  • Interpretation 311
                    • The One Needle Technique 311
                    • Metal Phase One Needle Tonification Pulses 311
                    • The Two Needle Technique 311
                  • Symptomatic Treatments 312
                    • Lung 312
                    • Large Intestine 312
                • Water Within Metal: The Dispersion Point (L5/LI2) 315
                  • Treatment Formula 315
                  • Interpretation 315
                    • The One Needle Technique 315
                    • Metal Phase One Needle Pulses 316
                    • The Two Needle Technique 316
                    • Metal Phase Two Needle Dispersion Pulses 316
                  • Symptomatic Treatments 316
                    • Lung 316
                    • Large Intestine 319
                • Fire Within Metal: The Control Point (L10/LI5) 320
                  • Treatment Formula 320
                  • Interpretation 320
                        • The One Needle Technique 320
                        • Metal Phase One Needle Control Pulses 320
                        • The Two Needle Technique 320
                      • Symptomatic Treatments 321
                        • Lung 321
                        • Large Intestine 322
                      WOOD 323
                      • Wood Within Wood: The Horary Point (Lv1/G42) 323
                        • Treatment Formula(s) 323
                        • Interpretation 323
                          • The One Needle Technique 323
                          • Wood Phase One Needle Horary Pulses 324
                          • The Two Needle Technique 324
                        • Symptomatic Treatments 325
                          • Liver 325
                          • Gall Bladder 327
                      • Soil Within Wood: The Reduction Point (Lv3/G34) 328
                        • Interpretation 328
                        • Symptomatic Treatments 328
                          • Liver 328
                          • Gall Bladder 330
                      • Water Within Wood: The Tonification Point (Lv8/G43) 333
                        • Treatment Formula 333
                        • Interpretation 333
                          • One Needle Technique 333
                          • Wood Phase One Needle Tonification Pulses 333
                          • The Two Needle Technique 333
                        • Symptomatic Treatments 334
                          • Liver 334
                          • Gall Bladder 336
                      • Fire Within Wood: The Dispersion Point (Lv2/G38) 337
                        • Treatment Formula 337
                        • Interpretation 337
                          • One Needle Technique 337
                          • Wood Phase One Needle Tonification Pulses 337
                          • Wood Phase One Needle Dispersion Pulses 337
                          • The Two Needle Technique 337
                        • Symptomatic Treatments 338
                          • Liver 338
                          • Gall Bladder 339
                      • Metal Within Wood: The Control Point (Lv4/G44) 340
                        • Treatment Formula 340
                        • Interpretation 340
                          • One Needle Technique 340
                          • Wood Phase One Needle Dispersion Pulses 340
                          • The Two Needle Technique 341
                        • Symptomatic Treatments 341
                          • Liver 341
                          • Gall Bladder 343

    PART IV: THE FOUR NEEDLE TECHNIQUE 345
      GENERAL DESCRIPTION 345
        SOIL PHASE 347
          • Tonification 347
            • Psycho-Emotional Interpretation 347
              • Key Features 347
              • General Aspects 347
              • Tonification Aspect 348
              • Dispersion Aspect 348
              • Spirit: Focus 349
              • Virtue: Xìn/Accountability 349
              • Official Duty 349
              • Psycho-Emotional 350
              • Secondary Fire Connections 350
              • A or B Versions 350
              • Pulse 350
            • Physiological Interpretation 351
              • Spleen 351
              • Stomach 352
          • Dispersion 353
            • Psycho-Emotional Interpretation 353
              • Key Features 353
              • General Aspects 353
              • Tonification Aspect 353
              • Dispersion Aspect 354
              • Spirit: Focus 354
              • Virtue: Xìn/Accountability 354
              • A or B Versions 354
              • Other 355
              • Pulse 355
            • Physiological Interpretation 355
              • Spleen 355
              • Stomach 355
              • Other TCM Organ Patterns for the Stomach 356
          • Heating 357
            • Psycho-Emotional Interpretation 357
              • Key Features 357
              • General Aspects 357
          • Cooling 358
            • Psycho-Emotional Interpretation 358
              • Key Features 358
              • General Aspects 358
        WATER PHASE 361
          • Tonification 361
            • Psycho-Emotional Interpretation 361
              • Key Features 361
              • General Aspects 361
              • Tonification Aspect 361
              • Dispersion Aspect 362
              • Spirit: Will 362
              • Psycho-Emotional 362
              • Pulse 362
            • Physiological Interpretation 363
              • Kidney 363
              • Bladder 364
          • Dispersion 365
            • Psycho-Emotional Interpretation 365
              • Key Features 365
              • General Aspects 365
              • Tonification Aspect 365
              • Dispersion Aspect 366
              • Psycho-Emotional 367
              • Spirit: Will 367
              • Summary 367
              • Pulse 367
            • Physiological Interpretation 367
              • Kidney 367
              • Bladder 368
          • Heating 370
            • Psycho-Emotional Interpretation 370
          • Cooling 372
            • Psycho-Emotional Interpretation 372
        FIRE PHASE 373
          • Tonification 373
            • Psycho-Emotional Interpretation 373
              • Key Features 373
              • General Aspects 373
              • Tonification Aspect 373
              • Dispersion Aspect 374
              • Psycho-Emotional 374
              • A or B Versions 375
              • Pulse 375
            • Physiological Interpretation 375
              • Heart 375
              • Small Intestine 376
          • Dispersion 377
            • Psycho-Emotional Interpretation 377
              • Key Features 377
              • General Aspects 377
              • Tonification Aspect 377
              • Dispersion Aspect 378
              • Official Duty 379
              • Shén/Spirit 379
              • Virtue: Lǐ/Appropriateness 379
              • Pulse 380
            • Physiological Interpretation 380
              • Heart Dispersion 380
              • Other TCM Organ Patterns for the Heart 380
              • Small Intestine 380
              • Other TCM Organ Patterns for the Small Intestine 381
              • Pericardium Dispersion 381
          • Heating 382
            • Psycho-Emotional Interpretation 382
          • Cooling 383
            • Psycho-Emotional Interpretation 383
        METAL PHASE 385
          • Tonification 385
            • Psycho-Emotional Interpretation 385
              • Key Features 385
              • General Aspects 385
              • Tonification Aspect 385
              • Dispersion Aspect 386
              • Official Duty 386
              • Virtue: Judgment 387
              • Psycho-Emotional 387
              • Pulse 387
            • Physiological Interpretation 388
              • Lung 388
              • Large Intestine 388
          • Dispersion 390
            • Psycho-Emotional Interpretation 390
              • Key Features 390
              • General Aspects 390
              • Tonification Aspect 391
              • Dispersion Aspect 391
              • Official Duty 392
              • Psycho-Emotional 392
              • Pulse 393
            • Physiological Interpretation 393
              • Lung 393
              • Lung Dispersion 393
              • Other TCM Organ Patterns for the Lung 393
              • Large Intestine 394
              • Other TCM Organ Patterns for the Large Intestine 394
          • Heating 395
            • Psycho-Emotional Interpretation 395
          • Cooling 395
            • Psycho-Emotional Interpretation 395
        WOOD PHASE 397
          • Tonification 397
            • Psycho-Emotional Interpretation 397
              • Key Features 397
              • General Aspects 397
              • Tonification Aspect 398
              • Dispersion Aspect 398
              • Spirit/Virtue: Hún/Perspective and Rén/Humanity 399
              • Official Duty 399
              • Psycho-Emotional 399
              • A or B Versions 400
              • Pulse 400
            • Physiological Interpretation 400
              • Liver 400
              • Gall Bladder 401
          • Dispersion 402
            • Psycho-Emotional Interpretation 402
              • Key Features 402
              • General Aspects 402
              • Tonification Aspect 402
              • Dispersion Aspect 403
              • Spirit/Virtue: Hún/Perspective and Rén/Humanity 404
              • Pulse 404
            • Physiological Interpretation 404
              • Liver 404
              • Other TCM Organ Patterns for the Liver 405
              • Gall Bladder 405
          • Heating 406
            • Psycho-Emotional Interpretation 406
          • Cooling 407
            • Psycho-Emotional Interpretation 407
PART V: ADVANCED FOUR NEEDLE TECHNIQUE 409
    PRINCIPLES AND RULES FOR ADVANCED TECHNIQUE 409
      ABBREVIATION OF THE STANDARD FORMULA 411
        • Explanation 411
        • Discussion 412
        • Further Suggestions 413
      SUBSTITUTION FOR THE STANDARD FORMULA 419
        • Explanation 419
        • Discussion 419
          • Spleen Tonification #1 419
          • Spleen Tonification #2 419
          • Stomach Tonification #1 420
          • Stomach Tonification #2 421
          • Kidney Tonification 422
          • Bladder Dispersion 423
          • Heart Tonification 424
          • Small Intestine Tonification 425
          • Small Intestine Dispersion 425
          • Triple Heater Tonification 426
          • Lung Tonification 426
          • Lung Dispersion #1 427
          • Lung Dispersion #2 428
          • Liver Tonification 428
          • Liver Dispersion 429
          • Gall Bladder 429
        • Further Suggestions 430
      INVERSIONS OF THE STANDARD FORMULA 431
        • Explanation 431
        • Discussion 432
          • Stomach Inversion 432
            • Spleen 433
          • Kidney Inversion 434
            • Heart 435
          • Lung Inversion 436
        • Further Suggestions 437
      INVERTED MOTHER/SON RELATIONSHIP 439
        • Explanation 439
        • Discussion 440
          • Inverted Liver/Heart Dispersion 440
        • Further Suggestions 441
      MULTIPLE TONIFICATION AND DISPERSION 442
        • Explanation 442
        • Discussion 442
          • Tonify through the Generation Cycle 442
            • Lung/Spleen Multiple Tonification 442
          • Disperse through the Generation or Control Cycle with Dispersion 443
            • Lung/Kidney 443
            • Heart/Spleen 444
            • Kidney/Triple Heater 445
          • Disperse through the Generation Cycle with Tonification 446
            • Heart/Liver 446
            • Large Intestine/Stomach 446
          • Multiple Inversions through the Generation Cycle 447
            • Kidney/Gall Bladder 447
            • Liver/Heart #1 448
            • Liver/Heart #2 448
            • Liver/Heart #3 449
            • Lung/Heart 449
          • Multiple Inversions through the Control Cycle 451
            • Heart/Kidney 451
        • Further Suggestions 452
      COMBINATION OF METHODS 453
        • Explanation 453
        • Discussion 453
          • Kidney Abbreviated Substitution 453
          • Gall Bladder/Bladder Simultaneous Tonification 454
          • Heart/Lung Simultaneous Tonification 455
          • Liver Abbreviated Substitution 455
          • Lung/Kidney Abbreviation, Substitution, and Inversion 456
          • Gall Bladder/Liver Simultaneous Tonification and Dispersion 457
          • Heart/Spleen Abbreviation and Simultaneous Tonification 457
          • Stomach Abbreviated Inversion 458
          • Bladder Abbreviated Inversion 458
          • Lung Abbreviated Inversion 459
          • Stomach Inverted and Substituted Tonification and Dispersion 460
          • Lung Tonification/Dispersion, Abbreviation, and Substitution 461
          • Large Intestine/Lung Abbreviated Substituted Tonification/Dispersion 462
        • Further Suggestions 462
      SUMMARY 463
        • Tonifications, Inversions, and Dispersions 463
        • Dual Meridian Relationships 468
          • Dispersion/Tonification 468
          • Double Tonification or Dispersion 471
APPENDIX 477
    FIVE PHASE CORRESPONDENCE: COMPREHENSIVE CHARTS 477
      • Five Phase Chart for the Soil Phase 477
      • Five Phase Chart for the Water Phase 478
      • Five Phase Chart for the Fire Phase 479
      • Five Phase Chart for the Metal Phase 480
      • Five Phase Chart for the Wood Phase 481
    PSYCHO-EMOTIONAL PATTERNS AND TCM FUNCTIONS 483
    FOUR NEEDLE TECHNIQUE: SUMMARY 497
    ESSENTIAL OILS AND THE INNER PHASES 499
    FIVE PHASE MEDITATION 501
    CHINESE PRONUNCIATION CHART 513
    SYMPTOM INDEX 515
    BIBLIOGRAPHY 525
    CHINESE REFERENCES 525
    ENGLISH REFERENCES 525
    INDEX 527
    ENDNOTES 529

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