Extraordinary Vessel Acupuncture
The Eight Extraordinary Vessels are primordial fields within us that represent at a fundamental level how we relate to ourselves and to the world around us. They are the principle vehicles with which we seek to achieve greater harmony with our selves and with the world. As pathways they are separate and distinct from the 12 meridians commonly used in TCM. These 12 meridians are the rivers of energy within us and the extraordinary vessels are the great seas or reservoirs of internal energy that feed into these rivers.
The NSEV acupuncture tradition encompasses not only all aspects of clinical treatment but is also a complete philosophy of health that integrates mind, body and spirit. It addresses an individual’s core functional patterns to achieve optimal health.
Here is a brief description of each of the Eight Extraordinary Vessels:
- Yang Wei- Yang Wei means “Outer Gate.”It is the context in which we find ourselves. It is the outermost part of us, our primary interface with the external world. The Yang Wei is involved with protection, boundaries, and surface tension and its sphere of influence is the neck and shoulders. Common conditions we might treat with the Yang Wei include: headaches, neck and shoulder stiffness, airborne allergies, and mood swings.
- Dai—The Dai is our persona, it is how we express ourselves in the world.When the Dai is constricted and we can no longer freely express ourselves it manifests as tension just below the surface. Its sphere of influence is around the waist and down and around the inside of the shoulder blades. Common conditions we may treat with the Dai include: TMJ, fibromyalgia, depression, painful periods, quick temper, and auto-immune diseases.
- Yin Wei- Yin Wei means “Inner Gate”. It is the Vessel involved with assimilation and processing of all that we experience. Its sphere of influence is down and around the lower border of the rib cage. Common conditions we may treat with the Yin Wei include: eating disorders, anxiety, depression, vomiting, morning sickness, loss of appetite, and irritable bowel disease.
- Chong- Chong means “Womb.”It aids in incorporation and integration into the deepest level of our being. The Chong is the province of the mystical and spiritual states of consciousness. Common conditions we may treat with the Chong include: menstrual disorders of all kinds, infertility, postpartum issues, and abdominal pain.
- Du- The Du is the storehouse of all the Yang energy in our bodies.It flows along the spine and is involved with the functional aspects of our nervous system. The Du gives us the capacity to focus and the determination to push forward in life. Common conditions we may treat with the Du include: low back pain, insomnia, headaches, and neck pain.
- Yang Qiao- The Yang Qiao is involved with access and distribution of yang energy throughout our bodies.The Yang Qiao helps us move gracefully through transitions in life. Common conditions we may treat with the Yang Qiao include: drug withdrawals, migraines, shoulder pain, hypertension, and headaches.
- Ren-The Ren is the storehouse of all the Yin energy in our bodies. It is the Mother energy within us and gives us the awareness of our interconnection with all beings. Common conditions we may treat with the Ren include: immune support, chronic upper respiratory infections, infertility, hormonal imbalances, hot flashes, and stiff neck.
- Yin Qiao- The Yin Qiao is involved with the access and distribution of yin energy throughout our bodies.Like the Yang Qiao, it helps us move gracefully through transitions in life. Common conditions we may treat with the Yin Qiao include: irregular or painful ovulation, incontinence, eye aches or pains, and arm or leg tremors.
Ear Reflexology or Auriculotherapy is a treatment modality based upon the concept of Microsystems. Microsystems are parts of the body that are considered to be microcosms of the whole body. The most commonly known microsystem is the foot; referred to generally as “reflexology” in massage therapy. The external auricle of the ear is another microsystem used very often in Chinese Medicine.
Ear Reflexology is effective at treating similar disorders as body acupuncture. Ear Reflexology is well known for treating drug and alcohol addiction, smoking cessation, weight management, and musculoskeletal pain.
Ear Reflexology utilizes a variety of techniques including: acupressure, massage, small acu-pins inserted into the ear, electrical stimulation of ear acu points, and placement of magnetic beads or seeds on the ear with tape.
Cupping Therapy is a healing modality which uses small glass cups as suction devices on the skin. The skin and muscle are gently pulled up into the cup. The cups can be left in place (stationary cupping) or they can be moved over an area, usually down and around the shoulder blades (drag cupping). Cupping can loosen stiff muscles, improve blood flow, and calm the mind and body. Many of our patients find cupping to be their favorite part of the treatment.
Moxibustion is one of the oldest healing methods within Chinese Medicine. It involves burning the mugwort herb above the skin to facilitate healing. Moxa is used to warm the acupuncture points and meridians, increase energy and invigorate the blood. Research has found moxibustion to be very helpful in turning a breech baby into a head down position to facilitate childbirth. We use moxa in our clinic very often for gynecological conditions and fertility treatments.
Chinese herbal medicine has been used and developed over thousands of years.There are over 300 single herbs used in Chinese medicine and dozens of combination formulas. Herbal medicine is suitable for all patients young and old, in sickness and in health. In our office, we use primarily tinctures and granular powdered formulas.