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Point-penetration acupuncture: historical development and clinical application
  1. Pang jun1,
  2. Han Zhi-yong2,
  3. Faye Richardson3
  1. 1
    Deputy Chief Traditional Chinese Medicine Physician, Nanjing TCM Hospital, China and Acupuncture Department, Mnazi Mmoja Hospital, Zanzibar, Tanzania
  2. 2
    Shaanxi College of Finance & Economics, China and Chinese Radio Studio Team, Zanzibar
  3. 3
    Phase-Out Projects, Zanzibar
  1. PO Box 142 1, Zanzibar, Tanzania, Email: phaseout{at}


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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