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Acupuncture Styles

 in Current Practice


Martin Wang, MD. , PhD

 Abstract:  There are many different styles of acupuncture in current practice. Some follow the traditional acupuncture meridian system, some do not. Each style has its advantages and disadvantages in clinical application. As an acupuncturist, it is better to know the difference among the various acupuncture styles, so as to choose the proper style of acupuncture for the treatment. For acupuncture researchers, it is necessary to know that the textbook style of acupuncture, which is currently under extensive study for its clinic efficacy, is only one of several acupuncture styles, though it is used more than other styles in clinics. For research into the efficacy of a given acupuncture style, it is necessary to follow the exact procedure that is requested for that style of acupuncture, from the diagnosis to the treatment. For research on the acupuncture mechanism, it should be kept in mind that any hypothesis for the mechanism needs to explain the whole acupuncture style, not only parts of it.  





I.                   Classification of acupuncture styles

     1. Meridian-based whole body acupuncture group

1.1.       Textbook acupuncture style (教材针灸法)

1.2.       Time-circle acupuncture style (子午流注针法)

1.3.       Wang Wen-Yuan Balance acupuncture style (王文远平衡针法)

1.4.       Tan Wu-Bian Balance acupuncture style (谭无边平衡针法)

1.5.       Li Bai-son Eight-character acupuncture style (李柏松八字疗法)

1.6.       Chen Zhao Crane-pine Yi Xue acupuncture (陈照鹤松易学针法)

1.7.       Liu Ji-Ling New One-needle acupuncture (刘吉领新一针疗法)

1.8.       Zhang Xian-Chen Hand-Foot Three-needle acupuncture style (张显臣手足三针疗法)

1.9.       Jin Rui Jin Three-needle acupuncture style (靳三针疗法)

1.10.  Fu Zhong-Hua Floating acupuncture style (符中华浮针疗法)

1.11.  Zhao Wu-Rong Flying acupuncture style (赵武荣飞针针法)

1.12.  Li Jin-Niu Five-element acupuncture style (李金牛五行生克针灸)

1.13.  Ma Xiao-Ping Five-element acupuncture style (马小平补北泻南法)

1.14.  Yangming Five-element acupuncture (阳明五行针法)

1.15.  Mang acupuncture style (蟒针/芒针)

1.16.  Guo Zhi-Chen Eight-point acupuncture style (郭志辰八穴针法)

1.17.  Pan Xiao-Chuan Classical acupuncture style  (古典针灸)

1.18.  Korea Sha-Am Five-element acupuncture (韩国舍岩五行针法)

1.19.  Korea Li Ji-Ma Four-region acupuncture style (李济马太极四象针灸)

1.20.  Nora Five-element acupuncture style  (Nora 五行针法)

1.21.  Japanese acupuncture (日本针灸)

1.22.  Various Enhancing acupuncture (各式强化针刺法)

2.      Acupuncture styles only partly following traditional meridian

2.1.       Dong Jing-Chang extraordinary point acupuncture style (董氏奇穴疗法)

2.2.       Ke Shang-Zhi Distance-meridian acupressure therapy (柯尚志远络疗法)

2.3.       Han Wen-Zhi One-needle acupuncture style (韩文治一针疗法)

2.4.       Zhang Xin-Shu Wrist-ankle acupuncture style (腕踝针法)

2.5.       Western style of acupuncture (西方针灸法)

3.      Local acupuncture style for whole body

3.1.        Auricular acupuncture style (耳针)


3.2.        Scalp acupuncture (头皮针)

3.2.1.            Jiao Shun-Fa Scalp acupuncture style  (焦顺发头皮针)

3.2.2.            Fang Yun-Peng scalp acupuncture style (方云鹏头皮针)

3.2.3.            Zhu Ming-Qing scalp acupuncture style (朱明清头皮针)

3.2.4.               Liu Bing-Quan scalp acupuncture style (刘炳权八卦头针)

3.2.5.            Tang Song-Yan scalp acupuncture style (汤颂延头针)

3.2.6.            Lin Xue-Jian scalp acupuncture style (林学俭头针刺激新区)

3.2.7.            Yu Chang-De scalp acupuncture style (俞昌德头针)

3.2.8.            Jin Rui scalp acupuncture style (靳瑞头针)

3.2.9.            Toshikatsu scalp acupuncture style (山元敏胜头针)


3.3.       Facial acupuncture style (面针)

         3.3.1. Traditional facial acupuncture (传统面针)

3.3.2. New facial acupuncture (新面针)


         3.4. Peng Jing-Shan Eye acupuncture style (彭静山眼针疗法)

3.5.Nose acupuncture style (鼻针)

3.6.Tongue acupuncture style (舌针)

3.7.Mouth acupuncture style (口针)

3.8.Ren-zhong acupuncture style (人中针)

3.9.Foot acupuncture style (足针)

3.10.  Foot region acupuncture style (足象针)

3.11.  Hand acupuncture style (手针针法)

3.12.  Hand region acupuncture style (手象针针法)

3.13.  Yu Hao Yin-Yang Nine-acupuncture style (余浩阴阳九针)

3.14.  Ma Chun-Hui Small Six-He acupuncture (马春晖小六合针法)

3.15.  Ge Qin-Fu Taiji Six-He acupuncture style (葛钦甫腹部太极六合针法)

3.16.  Bo Zhi-Yun Abdominal acupuncture style (薄智云腹针疗法)

3.17.  Sun Shen-Tian Abdominal acupuncture style (孙申田腹针疗法)

3.18.  Qi Yong Naval acupuncture style (齐永脐针)

3.19.  Holographic acupuncture style (全息针灸体系)

3.20.   Feng Ning-Han Nine-Palace acupuncture style  (冯宁汉九宫针法)

3.21.   Guan Zhen-Zai Nine-Palace acupuncture style (管正斋九宫针法)

3.22.   Along-spine Acupuncture style (脊针针法)


4.      Local acupuncture styles for local diseases (局部针刺法)


4.1.      A Shi point acupuncture (阿是穴療法)

4.2.      Release point acupuncture (反阿是穴疗法)

            4.3.   Trigger point acupuncture (扳机点疗法)

            4.4.   Liu Nong-Yu Sinew acupuncture (刘农虞筋针疗法)



II.     Characteristics of current acupuncture styles


1.      Acupuncture points to be stimulated

2.      Diagnosis directing the selection of the acupuncture point

3.      Steady point versus dynamic points

4.      Accuracy of acupuncture points

5.      Depth of needle insertion

6.      Intensity of treatment stimulation

7.      Healing efficiency of acupuncture styles

8.      Whole body acupuncture versus local acupuncture


III. Acupuncture research




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