after our last, shall we say, 'painful' power point presentation let's move onto some pleasure power points!
the power point that gets you high - Bai Hui
Also known as 'one hundred meetings' and GV-20, this is the point to lift anyone's spirits. It's the high point of our human energy network, located at the vertex of the skull, you can't get any higher than that!
Master acupuncturists routinely check the state of this power point during the first consultation. If there is a significant physical depression here then there is quite likely a corresponding mental depressive state.
This power point is ideally stimulated with a gold needle for maximum effect, but we can all stimulate this power point ourselves with gentle circulating pressure from a finger or even an energetic amplifier such as a quartz crystal. Stimulating pressure is applied with a clockwise motion (obviously then, sedating pressure is an anti-clockwise motion).
There can be many cautions when using neuroacupuncture power points such as bai hui, mainly because of their great sensitivity. The master acupuncturist knows not to use bai hui where there is high blood pressure as a result of emotional stress!
yin & yang depression formulae
Depression comes in all shapes and sizes, and most of the time we can use our mental defense mechanisms to get through this negative mood, and we can use the support of those around us to bring us out of ourselves.
When negative energy patterns are resistant to the usual common sense approach, when people become overwhelmed by negativity, we call this clinical depression.
In the West, psychiatrists classify clinical depression into two types: endogenous and reactive types. The first arises from internal negative thinking whilst the second is a reaction to negative life events.
The master acupuncturist has two different formulas for these two types of depression: the yin and the yang depression formulae.
The yin depression formula corresponds to western endogenous depression, with characteristic symptoms of anxiety, pressured negative thinking, lethargy, poor concentration, self obsession, low self esteem. The formula is: Yin Bai; Da Du; Tai Bai; Gong Sun; Qu Quan.
In this type of depression a negative energy pattern produces great yin deficiency, disturbing the will of the zhi, the spiritual aspect of the yin of the earth in a human being.
The yang depression formula corresponds to western reactive depression, with characteristic symptoms of agitation, panic, insomnia, hypersensitivity, poor appetite, low self confidence, stress and exhaustion. The formula is: Lie Que; Tai Yuan; Pian Li; Wen Liu; Zhi Zheng; Xiao Hai; Tong Li.
In this type of depression a negative energy pattern produces an empty yang state, where the yin fails to nourish the yang (there is a yin/yang disconnect), and the will of the shen falters.
Our next blog is going to focus on paediatric master acupuncture in general and two developmental issues in human growth in particular - literally, how to grow taller is one issue, the other is that scourge of parent and teacher alike, ADHD.
Until then, stay healthy