Point-penetration is a traditional acupuncture method, described in early Chinese texts and developed through the ages, in which a needle is inserted at one point and advanced internally to reach a second point. It is thus characterised by the use of fewer points but stronger stimulation: resulting in improved efficacy. Through clinical observation four types of point-penetration have been identified with different therapeutic indications: perpendicular, horizontal, oblique and perimeter. Each method is described, with prescriptions for specific diseases and case reports giving insertion and manipulation techniques. Point-penetration acupuncture appears to be an acceptable, viable therapy for a variety of conditions.
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