Classical acupuncture is a comprehensive system of healing, is based on the classical texts of Chinese Medicine that has been passed down for millennia dating back to the Warring States Period (ca. 475-221 BCE) up through the Tang Dynasty (618-906 CE), when the practice of acupuncture was at its peak. It includes the Primary Channels and all of the Complement Channels: Sinew Channels, Luo Vessels, Divergent Channels, and Eight Extraordinary Vessels. Treatments in this style of acupuncture are frequently more involved than other types of acupuncture, with advanced, highly specific needling techniques, so the practitioner may be in the room with the patient for a large portion or most of the hour.
These teachings are exclusively from the living Daoist Master, Dr. Jeffrey C. Yuen, 88th generation of the Yu Qing Huang Lao Pai (Jade Purity Yellow Emperor Lao Zi School) and 26th generation of the Quan Zhen Long Men Pai (Complete Reality Dragon Gate School). I received the transmission of these teachings from his long time direct students, Ann Cecil-Sterman and Evan Rabinowitz. My personal experience with this system of acupuncture has been incredibly deep and nearly miraculous
Primary Channels are the 12 channels of Qi commonly used within all styles of acupuncture. They traverse the body with trajectories both on the surface of the body and more deeply inside where they pass through the major organs. The Primary Channels may be used to treat most pathologies, both chronic and acute. The channels are: Lung, Large Intestine, Stomach, Spleen (pancreas), Heart, Small Intestine, Urinary Bladder, Kidney, Pericardium, San Jiao/Triple Burner, Gall Bladder, Liver.
Sinew Channels are the musculotendinous channels that lie along the surface of the body in large zonal regions and allow for the flow of defensive Qi, or Wei Qi. Have you have ever noticed your neck and shoulders stiffen before the start of a cold, during or just after a confrontational interaction or a walk through a dicey neighborhood? This is the sinew channels in action. Wei Qi is a rough Qi that reflexively moves along the surface of the body and in the gut to act as a barrier for external pathogens. The Sinew Channels are often the first place things get stuck, being they are the first line of defense in the progression of pathology. The sinew channels excel at treating acute and chronic pain, dermatological issues, digestive disorders, and insomnia.
Have you ever gotten shingles after a stressful period in your life or known someone who has? This happens when the body loses its capacity for latency, or the ability to keep a pathogen safely concealed and stored until the body is strong enough to dispose of it. The Divergent Channels deal with the effect of Wei/Defensive Qi on Yuan Qi/Essential Original Qi/DNA by creating latency for chronic or acute exposure to toxic energy, be it from the environment in a physical or energetic sense. It does this by using substantial humors, such as jing/essence, xue/blood, jin/thin fluids, ye/thick fluids, Qi, and Yang. Treatment with the Divergent Channels nourish and supplement this substances so that your body can regain lost latency, and once you are strong enough, the pathogen can be expelled on its own or with assistance. Divergent Channels treat chronic degenerative disease, MS, cancer, disorders of the spine, joints, and bones, strange disjointed symptoms, hormonal imbalances, autoimmune disorders, and many more.
Have you noticed spider veins, varicosities or fatty deposits on yourself or others? These are the Luo Vessels, the networks of blood vessels and capillaries used to place place pathology into latency. Blood carries consciousness and the houses the emotions. When we are unable to deal with traumas or difficult emotions when they arise, the body places them on ‘hold’ by encapsulating them in blood. To release them, they are bled with a fine sterile lancet (the same ones used by diabetics and people with hypoglycemia). As they clear, so do the stuck emotions and patterns. The Luo Vessels are excellent for treating stuck emotions, psychological issues, and counterflow Qi (things moving in the wrong direction) like nausea, vomiting, headaches, circular thinking, etc.
Eight Extraordinary Vessels
Are you familiar at all with epigentics? The extremely simplified explanation is everything that happens to you in your life, physically, mentally, emotionally, is stored in your genes, thereby altering them before they are passed down to your children, so on and so forth. You can also think of it as evolution on both a small (within your own life) and large scale (evolution of the species). In Chinese Medicine your genetics are known as Jing (essence) and Yuan Qi (original/constitutional Qi). You could also think of Jing in terms of your own genetic blueprint and curriculum for this life. The Eight Extraordinary Vessels treat at this level. It is an opportunity to work directly with the essence of your being to correct the trajectory of where something has gone off track. Treating with the 8 Extraordinary Vessels can also be used in spiritual cultivation to help foster destiny and inner transformation. They treat issues relating to gender, ethnicity, growth, maturation, humanity, sexuality, fertility and conception, and DNA and/or RNA alteration from exposure to toxins that disrupt DNA and RNA replication.