The Fifth World Conference on Acupuncture (W. F. A. S)
November 12-15, 2000. Seoul, Korea.
November 14, 9:30~9:45
Room B


Contra-lateral Needling, Contra-point Needling and Yinyang Taiji
Acupuncture (
Yinyang Cross Acupuncture)

Masako Yoshikawa
Toho Acupuncture Clinic, Japan

[Purpose] We advocated in the Barcelona Symposium in 1998 the use of Yinyang Taiji Acupuncture which can balances the upper-lower, left-right and outer-inner Yinyang by needling only one acu-point. In the present report, we investigated the differences in the use of the Contra-lateral Needling, Contra-point Needling and Yinyang Taiji Acupuncture.

[Methods] Contra-lateral Needling was carried out mainly by reticular needling the contra-lateral collateral of the illness spot. Contra-point Needling was conducted by needling the point in the contra-lateral meridian of the illness spot. Yinyang Taiji Acupuncture was performed by selecting and acupuncturing the upper-lower, left-right and outer-inner corresponding point of the illness spot.

1. Application of Contra-lateral Needling

Case 1. The patient of this case had an extreme pain and a swell in one of his fingers caused by a squeeze in the door. He bit the corresponding spot in the finger of the other hand at once after it happened. Soon, the pain and the swell disappeared.

Case 2. We used reticular needling method to needle the Shao-shang (L-11) point of a patient suffering a sore throat and found at once that the pain was stopped and the heat was dropped.

Case 3. The patient was reticularly needled the Jing points of Five Shu point on the attack of the apoplexy. He recovered his consciousness soon and a cure without any sequelae was achieved.

2. Application of Contra-point Needling

Case 1. In this case, to treat a patient for a pain in a shoulder joint, we needled the meridian which is in the contra side of the pain spot. This treatment alleviated the pain and improved the condition of the arm-lifting difficulty.

Case 2. To treat a patient for a pain in the outer-lower side of the kneecap, which caused a difficulty in walking, we needled the same-named meridian in the contra side of the body. This treatment stopped the pain immediately and the patient could walk well.

Case 3. In the treatment of a facial paralysis, we needled the point in the contra side meridian and the paralysis was alleviated at once. Muscle activity was also improved.

3. Application of Yinyang Taiji Acupuncture (Yinyang Cross Acupuncture)

Case 1. The patient of this case had suffered a pain in the index finger (The Large Intestine Channel of Hand-yangming) of the right hand for 3 years and this caused a difficulty in bending and stretching the finger. When a needle was skin-deeply inserted into the Taibai point (Sp-3, The Spleen Channel of Foot-taiyin) of the left foot, the pain was alleviated and the movement of finger joints was improved immediately. Together with these, the tenderness and a scleroma in the abdomen disappeared. The patient was cured in a short period.

Case 2. The patient had suffered numbness for 4 years from the wrist to the elbow in the ulna side of the right arm (The Small Intestine Channel of Hand-taiyang). When acupuncture was conducted in the Fuliu point (K-7, The Kiney Channel of Foot-shaoyin) of the left leg, the numbness was eliminated as soon as the patient responded to the needling. The symptom was cured after two times of treatment.

Case 3. The patient had suffered a pain for 10 years in the right Tianzhu point (B-10, The Bladder Channel of Foot-taiyang) in the back of the neck and this made him could not work continuously. When the patient responded to the needling in the Taixi point (K-3, The Kiney Channel of Foot-shaoyin) of the left leg, the pain was stopped. The patient was cured in three times of treatment.

[Discussion] Usually, pernicious influences, such as external pernicious influences of wind, cold and dampness, and injuries from contusions and sprains, transit from the epidermis to grandchild collaterals, collaterals, meridians and then to the Yin and Yang organs. In the initial stage of influences, symptoms such as headache, heat and sore throat indicate that the perniciousness is shallow in the body at the level from the epidermis to collaterals. Reticular needling will be effective. In the initial stage of an apoplexy that causes sudden falls and hemiplegia, treating the Jing points by reticular needling can achieve the effect of quick consciousness recovery. All these are applications of Contra-lateral Needling. This therapy is coincident with After that, pernicious influences reach meridians. To treat the facial paralysis that is called meridian stroke, an acu-point in the meridian of the contra side is selected. When the Yin-yang balance is adjusted after needling, the facial muscle activity can be improved. This effectiveness is because that influences exist in meridians, and Contra-point Needling can balance the Yin and Yang between the left and right meridians and, therefore, achieve the cure.

Different from the above, Yinyang Taiji Acupuncture can adjust the functions of the organs. It can be used to treat functional abnormalities of the organs, pernicious influences invading and chronic symptoms such as pain, numbness, swelling, heat, itch and skin diseases. The Taiji point is a point that can adjust the upper-lower, left-right and outer-inner Yin and Yang. Needling (a skin needle etc. will do) this point usually improves simultaneously the conditions of tenderness, scleromata, pits, bulges, cold and heat in the abdomen.

[Conclusion] Thus it can be seen that Contra-lateral Needling, Contra-point Needling and Yinyang Taiji Acupuncture adjust the Yinyang balances of collaterals, meridians and the organs, respectively. Therefore, we believe that quick effects can be obtained if the treatment methods are selected according to the stage of symptoms.

Address of the author:

Masako Yoshikawa
Toho Acupuncture Clinic, 14-2, Minami 21, Ohdori,
Obihiro, 080-0010,
Japan

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