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10). It is important to observe the principle that the quality of qi always changes with the flow of qi from distal to proximal. This corresponds to the direction of the sheng cycle of engendering in the five phases. Nevertheless, a fundamental difference exists between the yin channels and the yang channels in the association of the point localizations with the phases: Yin channel: – Most distal point (well point): wood point – Second most distal point (ying point): fire point (strongest yang properties) Yang channel: – Most distal point (well point): metal point – Second most distal point (ying point): water point (strongest yin properties) At the second most distal point, a strong yin–yang polarity develops.

Steel needles are one option, but we also use needles made from gold and silver. There are siliconecoated needles as well as uncoated needles. The coating causes the fine needles to penetrate the skin more easily and with less pain, but can also cause them to slip out more quickly if the patient moves while the needles are in place. Acupuncture needles available commercially are tested for quality assurance and are generally quite safe. In spite of this, the practitioner should be aware of her or his responsibility for the patient and always examine the condition of the needles for safety.

We cannot correct a blood deficiency by only expelling wind. Even when the animal presents with itching as the primary symptom caused by the blood deficiency, we must make it our priority to remove the underlying symptom, namely the blood deficiency. We cannot treat a kidney yang deficiency by expelling dampness, but have to select a point such as KI-7 that strengthens kidney yang. Liver qi stagnation, for example, is treated by moving qi and blood in the liver channel. For this purpose, the combination LR-3/LR-2 is highly effective.

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