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JOURNAL OF BEIJING UNIVERSITY OF TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE ›› 2020, Vol. 43 ›› Issue (10): 876-880.doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1006-2157.2020.10.013

• Acupuncture & Moxibustion • Previous Articles    

Clinical significance of the statement “the use of all needling methods must be based on shen” as guidance for acupuncture practice*

Chang Yu1, Ma Tieming2#   

  1. 1 Graduate School, Liaoning University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Liaoning 110032, China;
    2 Acupuncture and Moxibustion Institute, Liaoning University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Liaoning 110032, China
  • Received:2019-11-25 Online:2020-10-30 Published:2020-11-04
  • Contact: Prof. Ma Tieming, Doctoral Supervisor. Acupuncture and Moxibustion Institute of Liaoning University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Liaoning University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chong Shan Donglu Road No.79, Huanggu District, Shenyang,Liaoning 110032. E-mail:1451208964@qq.com
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China(No.81574051), Science and Technology Research Project of Education Department of Liaoning Province(No.L201946)

Abstract: The line “all needling methods must be based on shen (spirit or vitality) originates from the chapter entitled Ben Shen in Lingshu (Miraculous Pivot). This statement indicates that basis of shen plays vital role in acupuncture therapy. Treating the shen of the patients is the perquisite key to the effectiveness of acupuncture treatment and this thought should be maintained in the acupuncture clinical practice. By reviewing, analyzing and interpreting all relevant literature by ancient practitioners, this paper offers a summary of the meaning of this statement. During acupuncture therapy, acupuncturists should maintain their own shen and treat patients in an intensive focused state. Meanwhile, patients should also calm down and nurse their internal shen to properly respond to acupuncture intervention and achieve desired effectiveness. These two aspects need to be coordinated to arrive at the goal of treating both physique and mind. From the perspective of rationale, methods and techniques of treating shen, this paper elaborates on how to apply acupuncture on the basis of treating shen by giving details on how to evaluate, regulate, maintain and calm shen, Serving reference to the improvement of acupuncture effectiveness.

Key words: acupuncture, needling method, shen as the basis, treating shen, regulating shen

CLC Number: 

  • R245