TONIFICATION / STIMULATION is an acupuncture technique devised to
stimulate, boost, elevate, or enhance Qi (level of energy)
to cure a deficient / weakened, chronic or acute condition.
A practitioner attempts to boost the energy of the body by tonifying/stimulating
a point, or several points on one, or a number of channels, all of
which will best benefit the deficient condition (e.g. infection,
systemic chronic problem, weakened immunodeficiency of some sort).
Tonification/Stimulation consists of inserting
a needle, obtaining Qi, and NOT further
manipulating the needle while it's in the point after insertion.
A straight insertion without manipulation insures that a point receives a
boost of energy rather than a reduction of energy.
The acupuncture treatment featured in the image above shows points on the abdomen CV- Conception Vessel/Channel,
and KI - Kidney/Water Channel points that get stimulated rather than sedated. - That means that acu-needles are
inserted without being manipulated.
The points on the arms and hands, LI-4 and LI-4, on the Large Intestine/Metal Channel, however,
get just as often stimulated as tonified. The needles can be inserted and twirled in place - in both directions.
- Some texts suggest a specific mode of manipulation.
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