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Home > Education > Theory > Four Point Needle Technique

Four Point Needle Technique

By Dr. Ma

Step One:

  • Determine which organ system is out of balance

Step Two:

  • Determine whether the imbalance is excess (shi) or deficiency (xu)

Step Three:

(for deficiency syndromes)

  • Tonify the horary point on the mother organ's channel.

    Horary means the point's element and then channels element are the same. i.e. the wood point on the wood channel, or the fire point on the fire channel, the water point on the water channel, the earth point on the earth channel.

  • Tonify the mother organ's element point on the affected channel.
  • Sedate the horary point on the "controlling" organ's channel.
  • Sedate the controlling organ's element point on the affected organ.

(for excess syndromes)

  • Tonify the horary point on the controlling organ's channel.
  • Tonify the controlling point on the affected channel.
  • Sedate the horary point on the "son" channel.
  • Sedate the son point on the affected channel.




Tonification prescriptions for conditions of deficiency.

Meridian Tonify Sedate
Horary Pt. on Mother Channel Mother Pt. on affected channel Horary Pt. on controlling channel Control Pt. on affected channel
LUNG Sp 3 Lu 9 Ht 8 Lu 10
LARGE INTESTINE St 36 LI 11 SI 5 LI 5
STOMACH SI 5 St 41 GB 41 St 43
SPLEEN Ht 8 Sp 2 Liv 1 Sp 1
HEART Liv 1 Ht 9 Kid 10 Ht 3
SMALL INTESTINE GB 41 SI 3 UB 66 SI 2
URINARY BLADDER LI 1 UB 67 St 36 UB 40
KIDNEY Lu 8 Kid 7 Sp 3 Kid 3
PERICARDIUM Liv 1 P 9 Kid 10 P 3
SAN JIAO GB 41 SJ 3 UB 66 SJ 2
GALLBLADDER UB 66 GB 43 LI 1 GB 44
LIVER Kid 10 Liv 8 LU 8 Liv 4




Sedation prescriptions for conditions of excess.

Meridian Tonify Sedate
Horary Pt. on controlling channel Control Pt. on affected channel Horary Pt. on Son channel Son Pt. on affected channel
LUNG Ht 8 Lu 10 Kid 10 Lu 5
LARGE INTESTINE SI 5LI 5 UB 66 LI 2
STOMACH GB 41 St 43 LI 1 St 45
SPLEEN Liv 1 Sp 1 LU 8 Sp 5
HEART Kid 10 Ht 3 Sp 3 Ht 7
SMALL INTESTINE UB 66 SI 2 St 36 SI 8
URINARY BLADDER St 36 UB 40 GB 41 UB 65
KIDNEY Sp 3 Kid 3 Liv 1 Kid 1
PERICARDIUM Kid 10 P 3 Sp 3 P 7
SAN JIAO UB 66 SJ 2 St 36 SJ 10
GALLBLADDER LI 1 GB 44 SI 5 GB 38
LIVER Lu 8 Liv 4 Ht 8 Liv 2




Horary Points

Shu Point Well Spring Stream River Sea
Wood Organs Liver 1 2 3 4 8
Gall Bladder 44 43 41 38 34
Fire Organs Heart 9 8 7 4 3
Small Intestine 1 2 3 5 8
Pericardium 9 8 7 5 3
San Jiao 1 2 3 6 10
Earth Organs: Spleen 1 2 3 5 9
Stomach 45 44 43 41 36
Metal Organs: Lung 11 10 9 8 5
Large Intestine 1 2 3 5 11
Water Organs: Kidney 1 2 3 7 10
Urinary Bladder 67 66 65 60 40

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