October 15, 2002
Acupuncture lecture by Master Li (Master Wan's mother) at the Datong Hotel
Dr. Li is an acupuncturist known all over China, not just in Datong. She has been a doctor for 3 generations of Chinese leaders. Her specialty is Chinese acupuncture. In TCM, acupuncture is the most difficult discipline of all. We were fortunate to have this opportunity, and the good karma, to meet with her.
There will be 3 parts to the lesson. The first part is a lecture on the concepts of acupuncture. Part II will be treatments of volunteers. Part III will be for questions. If there are any new conditions or symptoms not listed, we should let her know. Even though she is retired, she still sees a lot of patients. She has so many patients she cannot retire.
She is very happy for this gathering, and says it is all karma. Chinese acupuncture, meridians, channels are the same, but there are different methods of practice. Her style of acupuncture is to choose the fewest acupuncture point possible to treat the problem. She will choose major points on the meridians. Before you can select the few points, it is necessary to know the channels and the meridians. She was taught from previous generations of teachers, several generations of acupuncturists in the family. She talks about Dan Tien Qi. When you put the needle in, there has to be a connection from the Dan Tien to the needle. When doing acupuncture, the energy comes from the lower Dan Tien through the Middle Dan Tien and out the needle. The acupuncturist should not be talking during treatment, the better to move energy out the needle.
Tom - CV-4, ST-36, CV-12 for cold symptoms
Shannon - ST-25, CV-10, CV-5, ST-36, SP-6 for constipation
Linda - LR-8, SP-10, ST-34 for knees. She would treat the knees every day for 15-20 days, and the pain would be gone.
Cynthia - SP-5, KI-6, ST-41 for ankle
Carolyn - CV-12, ST-20 bilaterally for perpetual eructation (since age 5).
For stroke patients with facial asymmetry, she actually will thread the needle between points to gain maximum benefit with the fewest needles. She uses GV-26, ST-3, CV-24, ST-5, ST-4, ST-6 for asymmetry of the mouth.
She also threads the needles more deeply than we are used to doing, particularly in the abdominal area. She used a 4" needle for CV-4 (which was felt in the appropriate spot), as well as for CV-12 and ST-20, as well as for the needles in my back, at the SI joint and BL-26.
She starts doing acupuncture on children at age 1 month, but she does not leave the needles in, she tonifies as she goes in and then takes the needles right out. She does not do acupuncture on pregnant women. ST-41, LI-4, MH-6 vomiting, no acupuncture just acupressure, for hyperemesis gravidarum.
She knows she feels the point when the needle gets "heavy".
Electroacupuncture is good for neurologic conditions, neuralgia, numbness. There are certain conditions, constipation, poor appetite, vomiting after eating, i.e. food stagnation, insomnia leading to headache - for which it is better to use acupuncture with Qigong and no electricity, get better results.
For cancer, they do not treat the cancer by itself, but rather the meridian imbalance. The treatment is until the imbalance is gone, at least 15-20 treatments. They do treatments daily, until the imbalance is gone . She does not use moxa, she uses the heat lamp.
They hold the point after the needles are removed, so that the Qi does not escape.