This publication draws on more than 35 years of experience in acupuncture and Chinese Medicine and 25 years of experience in working with different modalities of Energy Medicine. New methods of Energy Medicine are described which have been developed and put into practice in a large acupuncture clinic in Düsseldorf Germany.
Of these eight modalities, different ways of using qigong and meditation are the most essential. Special attention is given to conscious breathing with regard to different parts of the body, and the chakras, and to using the hands to help bring increased awareness to these spaces within the body. This approach facilitates the interconnections between the organs by drawing on their five sources of energy (qi or prana) and circulating this in the nourishing Mother-Child sheng-cycle of the Five Elements.
The main intention of this healing practice is to bring soul and body together and connect the soul with the heart space by opening the crown chakra. Additionally, awareness is directed to the flow of energy, focusing on the light level of the life force. When the crown chakra has been opened, light and energy can flow from the soul - the eighth chakra - into the heart space and thence through the whole body. This awareness exemplifies the spiritual application of the different healing modalities.
Chakras are experienced as constantly moving currents of energy. They play an important role in Indian medicine and yoga and also correspond to the system of the Chinese organs, especially the sanjiao. The word 'chakra' is derived from a Sanskrit word meaning 'wheel'.
There are seven primary or main chakras and dozens of smaller secondary chakras, most of which can be related to significant acupuncture points. The chakras correspond to five spaces within the body: the pelvic cavity, abdomen, chest, throat and cranium. The seven main chakras are located along the spine, from the perineum in the lower pelvis to the top of the head. Five of the primary chakras have a ventral and a dorsal opening and two – the first and the seventh chakras – have one opening. The first opens toward the Earth, the seventh toward the sky (Figure 1). Each chakra is related to specific emotional, mental, physical and spiritual levels of existence, and is associated with a certain colour, sound, symbol and frequency of vibration (such associations vary according to different authorities).
The chakras receive, assimilate and transform the life force (termed prana or qi), regulating its flow through our energy system and thus keeping our mental and physical health in balance. As the chakras progress from the lowest to the highest levels, they govern increasingly spiritual functions.
Starting with Baihui (Du-20) is of particular relevance when it comes to opening the energy field to light. Baihui opens and enlightens consciousness. It also opens the inner spaces of the body to the direct influence of the Soul.
The session begins with peaceful needling of baihui. Then a further four (+4), eight (+8) or twelve (+12) needles are inserted concentrically around it to open the crown chakra. The four points surrounding baihui are sishencong. An additional circle of four needles, baihui +8, will lead to a further opening of the crown chakra. The third circle of four needles, baihui +12, leads to an even more significant opening of the chakra and helps to release deep tensions on top of the skull, as several points are located near the Gall bladder channel.
Expansion and Connection
The application of needles to all these points leads to an extraordinarily wide opening of the crown chakra. Baihui and the surrounding point are opening an important “Gate of Ligh”, which is bringing more clearness, light and luminosity into the mind by helping to open the crown chakra.
The twelve points, which surround baihui in three concentric circles, have been named ‘Treasure Points’ by one patient. We are in the process of collecting feedback on the effects of these points, which have also been also named ‘The Twelve Light Points of the Soul’.
To a lesser degree, the ‘enlightening’ effect can also be noticed from inserting a needle into baihui only, although all points that activate the crown chakra have this enlightening effect. When we include more points, however, the flow of light and energy into the heart chakra and the whole body is much stronger and much more noticeable for the patient (baihui +8, +12). The result is a more extensive and conscious connection between body and soul through the important
“Gate of Ligh” of the crown chakra.
After opening the crown chakra, the yang pole of the body, we turn to its opposite, the yin pole, to strengthen the Kidney and activate the first and second chakras. Needles are inserted into the points taixi (KI-3), sanyinjiao (SP-6) and taichong
The ‘NADA points’ of Michael O Smith (auricular Heart, Kidney, Liver, Sympathetic, and shenmen points) are particularly relevant when activating the Kidney and the base. They have a calming and grounding effect on the Kidney energy.
The ear Heart and Kidney points harmonize relations between the two organs. As a result, a strong connection between Heart and pelvis – where the Kidney energy is centered – develops in two or three sessions. It is recommended that the patient should sit upright in the second half of the acupuncture sessions, as this activates the flow of light and life force from the crown to the Heart and base even more.
The meditation practice introduced here consists of three steps building on each other:
Deep conscious breathing
Breathing is the first and main source of our life force. We breathe in vital energy, the life force. Whenever we breathe in deeply and relax, our vital energy is activated. The word inspiration, from the Latin inspirare, to breathe in, is consistent with the idea that breathing is the gateway to our creativity and spirituality. We talk about feeling energetic and inspired. Conscious breathing is to be understood as a bridge between the soul and the physical body, thus helping to connect body and mind.
After the acupuncture needles have been inserted, awareness should be focused on the breath, so the patient is asked to observe their breathing. The first step is to inhale deeply for about five to ten minutes. Deep and continuous inhalations charge and strengthen the life force. The therapist may support the patient by saying:
‘Breathe deeper, breathe deeply into the chest’, or
‘Breathing deeply activates and strengthens your life force and gives you more energy’, or ‘Breathing deeply makes you feel more alive’.
The last two affirmations help the patient to develop a stronger motivation.
Then the patient turns his attention to breathing out. Here, the emphasis lies in a prolonged and complete exhalation, relaxing more and more with each outbreath. The therapist may say:
‘Breathe out slowly and deeply’, or
‘Take more time to exhale’, or
‘Let your tension go with the exhalation’, or
‘Each breath helps you to relax more and more’.
Conscious and prolonged exhalation helps the body to relax and release tension, thus harmonizing the life force and allowing for more flow of qi. Health is characterized by a free-flowing qi and pulsing of the breath and vital energy within the body's organs, channels, and energy centers. Focusing the awareness on the breath is an essential way to enhance the healing effect of acupuncture.
Awareness of the body
Once the breathing technique has been established – usually during the first acupuncture session – and the patient feels comfortable with it, the therapist introduces the patient to increased body awareness. The patient is asked to close his eyes, feel inside the body and to become aware of bodily sensations and emotions while consciously watching the breath at the same time.
In the course of treatment, the therapist encourages the patient to go deeper and deeper into the body, while mirroring the process by doing the same and directing his awareness inside his own body. This approach helps the patient to focus his awareness and feel increasingly relaxed. He may also experience slight tingling sensations and a gentle flow of energy.
Qigong is one of the modalities of Chinese medicine, its practice being to harmonize and energize the life force. It is a way of cultivating qi, working with and become aware of qi by using the breath and certain positions of the hands, gently and slowly. The breath and the hand positions help to focus awareness and direct the flow of the life force.
During the acupuncture session, the patient holds his arms in a circle in front of the different regions of the body, the hands facing the body as usual in qigong, beginning with the chest area and then moving the hands downward to the abdomen, and later further down to the region of the pelvis. The distance at which the hands should be held from the body can slowly be expanded. However, the ideal distance comes about naturally and is determined by the patient himself.
The hand positions together with breathing technique help the patient to direct awareness to particular areas and hold it there, consciously perceiving the flow of energy inside the body. Blockages are loosened and will eventually dissolve. A deep relaxation is felt after a few sessions.
When working with the seven chakras and the different modalities of using qi, the centrality of the Heart chakra is emphasized. It is the fourth chakra down from the crown or up from the base. It is also located in the centre of the chest, and is the chakra with exceptional healing energy. It harmonizes and balances, its main qualities being compassion, love and tolerance.
The associated acupuncture point is shanzhong (Ren-17). Adding four surrounding points at a distance of 1 cun from shanzhong intensifies its effect, just as with sishencong and baihui. Furthermore, shendao (Du-11) on the back can be chosen as a supplement. These six points help to activate and open the Heart chakra. Additionally the patient holds his hands in a circle in front of the chest and uses the breath to focus awareness there. The therapist may support the patient by saying: ‘Allow your heart to open’.
The combination of acupuncture, awareness of the breath, and qigong hand positions lead to a further opening of the Heart, an expansion and strengthening of its energy, so that eventually the patient experiences a widening of the Heart space and will feel more joyful and humorous. This in turn helps him to become more conscious of this chakra.
A further opening of the Heart chakra can be achieved during an acupuncture session when both the therapist and patient direct their awareness to the heart chakra and hold it there. Happy thoughts or childlike play also activate this chakra, bringing about a compassionate and healing energy. The Heart’s warmth and joy expand and flow into the Lung, and from there into the whole body. Regions of the body that are cold, such as the Lung or Kidney, are also warmed by the Heart. The way in which the ‘warm heart’ supports the flow of qi has a particularly healing effect, because it activates the shen (神) or Spirit by which all the other organs are invigorated.
Die Nadelung der Punkte Ren Mai 17 und den vier umgebenden Punkten (1 Cun) in Verbindung mit Du Mai 11 mit zusätzlichem Fokus auf diesen Bereich des Brustkorbs, öffnet das Herz. Hier werden die Hände kreisförmig vor den Brustkorb gehalten. Dies unterstützt die Energie des Herzchakra. Die Wärme und Freude des Herzens können sich ausweiten und fließen zunächst in die Lunge und dann in den ganzen Körper. Die Herzenswärme kann sich in den Körper ausdehnen, größere Räume im Brustkorbs beleben. Auch kalte Körperbereiche werden vom Herz gewärmt, zum Beispiel die Lunge, die Niere.