Pestle Needle is a representative style of acupuncture from Sichuan. Pestle Needle is derived from Taoist medicine and Dao Ying (Qi management) practices. The ancestor of the Li family learned the technique from Taoist Master Ru Huan of Mount Wudang. Since then, it has gone through 16 generations. Prof. Li Zong Yu, the successor of the fourteenth generation, published in the 70s the first book on the subject of "Pestle Needle". Now it is a unique and effective approach to therapy.
The Pestle Needle philosophy derives from Yi Jing/I Ching (The Book of Chang), within which the theories of Li (philosophical basis), Qi (energy flow), Xiang (manifestations), and Shu (ancient mathematics) are widely used in differentiation, point selection, and needle stacking.
Since the Pestle Needle is a combination of puncture and Tuina (Chinese medical massage), it is clinically characterized by:
1) no puncture of the skin,
2) simple tools,
3) simplified selection of points (mainly Du and Ren points, Shu and Mu points),
4) simple manipulation and technique, safety (for the elderly, with a weak body, women, children).
Over the past 40 years of development, Pestle Needle has been concretized throughout China and abroad. Thanks to a wide range of indications (similar application as conventional acupuncture), it is widely used in hospitals, nursing homes and private clinics.
The treatment uses four pestle-like needles to compress, massage, tap and push the points. Pestle Needles uses two specific combinations of points
1. Ba Zhen: 8 points surrounding the middle point, based on the Theory of the Eight Trigrams