Transfers of Energy

The purpose of transferring energy is to balance and harmonize energy within the elements. We move energy from where there is a relative surplus to where there is a relative deficiency. It is possible to create a transfer of energy using the Sheng cycle to move energy around the cycle of creation, the Ko cycle to transfer energy around the cycle of control and Junction points to transfer energy between paired officials. Furthermore, the Sheng (using tonification points), Ko (using preceding element points) and Junction points can be used in coordination to complete a transfer, following the laws of the cycles. Transfers along the Sheng Cycle may use Yang to Yang pathways or Yin to Yin pathways. Transfers along the Ko Cycle may only occur Yin to Yin. Transfers are done by summoning energy using a Tonification Needle Technique, to create a highway of energy and move it around. It is important to remember that in Five Elements Acupuncture, energy would only be transferred into the Causative Factor, as this is believed to be the source of imbalance. This brings energy into the CF.


Generally, a transfer of energy would be completed in a session with a client after the traditional diagnosis as well as after using Tonification Points, Source Points and Horary Points. We also need to make certain that there are no blocks or splits in the energy, by assessing the pulses, before performing transfers. Moxa is not used in transfers of energy. In addition, there are several rules that we should follow when considering a transfer of energy.

  1. Avoid the Water Element or any Element that is low - Because water is generally slightly lower in energy than the other elements, it tends to keep the energy that is desired to go toward the deficient official. The deficient official, which is within the CF, will not get the energy it needs, if water takes some of that energy away. Any other Element that is low will react in the same way.

  2. Least Amount of Needles - Less needles is more efficient in transferring energy. Body position may factor into our decision.

  3. Avoid the Heart Official - The Heart is the Emperor of the Kingdom, when possible, it is best not to disturb the role of the Supreme Controller. The other Officials within the fire element can often be used in substitution. Energy cannot be transferred between the two sides of fire. They both act as independent channels in transfers via the Sheng and Ko cycles.

  4. Only transfer energy into the Causative Factor. 

  5. The first needle to be placed, must be placed in the deficient official. Carrier needles are then placed tracing the energy back to the relative excess. Carrier needles only pass the energy along, they do not utilize the energy. Once all needles are placed. Tonification Needle Technique is applied only to the needle situated in the deficient official. 


Examples:


Stomach XI +, Liver VIII -

  1. Using the Ko Cycle, shift energy to the Liver from the Lung - LV4

  2. Using a Junction Point, shift energy from the Large Intestine to the Lung - LU7

  3. Using the Sheng Cycle, shift energy from the Stomach to the Large Intestine - LI11

  4. Tonification Needle Technique LV4

Or

  1. Using the Ko Cycle, shift energy to the Liver from the Lung - LV4

  2. Using the Sheng Cycle, shift energy from the Spleen to the Lung - Lu9

  3. Using a Junction Point, shift energy from the Stomach to the Spleen - SP4

  4. Tonification Needle Technique LV4

Or

  1. Using the Sheng Cycle, shift energy from the Kidney to the Liver - LV8

  2. Using the Ko Cycle, shift energy from the Spleen to the Kidney - KI3

  3. Using a Junction Point, shift energy from the Stomach to the Spleen - SP4

  4. Tonification Needle Technique LV8


The third option is the least appealing option as energy is transferred through water. Either of the first two options are appropriate transfers, as there are only 3 needles used in each and they follow the transfer rules.


Gall Bladder VII +, Bladder III -

  1. Using the Sheng Cycle, shift energy from the Large Intestine to the Bladder - BL 67

  2. Using the Sheng Cycle, shift energy from the Stomach to the Large Intestine - LI11

  3. Using a Junction Point, shift energy from the Spleen to the Stomach - ST40

  4. Using the Ko Cycle, shift energy from the Liver to the Spleen - SP1

  5. Using a Junction Point, shift energy from the Gall Bladder to the Liver - LV5

  6. Tonification Needle Technique BL67

Or

  1. Using a Junction Point, shift energy from the Kidney to the Bladder - BL58

  2. Using the Ko Cycle, shift energy from the Spleen to the Kidney - KI 3

  3. Using the Ko Cycle, shift energy from the Liver to the Spleen - SP1

  4. Using a Junction Point, shift energy from the Gall Bladder to the Liver - LV5

  5. Tonification Needle Technique BL 58


The first option requires the use of one additional needle, making it less appealing than the second option which moves energy from the Kidney to the Bladder. Since this individual treated in this case is assumed to be a Water CF, transferring energy through the Kidney to Bladder via a junction point, will bring the relative excess of energy to the water element making it more robust and evenly balanced. 


Small Intestine II +, Circulation Sex V -

  1. Using the Sheng Cycle, shift energy from the Liver to the Circulation Sex - CS9

  2. Using the Ko Cycle, shift energy from the Lung to the Liver - LV4

  3. Using a Junction Point, shift energy from the Large Intestine to the Lung - LU7

  4. Using the Sheng Cycle, shift energy from the Stomach to the Large Intestine - LI11

  5. Using the Sheng Cycle, shift energy from the Small Intestine to the Stomach - ST41

  6. Tonification Needle Technique CS9

Or

  1. Using the Sheng Cycle, shift energy from the Liver to the Circulation Sex - CS9

  2. Using the Ko Cycle, shift energy from the Lung to the Liver - LV4

  3. Using the Ko Cycle, shift energy from the Heart to the Lung - LU10

  4. Using a Junction Point, shift energy from the Small Intestine to the Heart - HT5

  5. Tonification Needle Technique CS9


The second option requires us to move energy through the Heart, while it requires one less needle, it seems inappropriate to disturb the Heart Official unnecessarily.


Kidney IV +, Large Intestine X -

  1. Using a Junction Point, shift energy from the Lung to the Large Intestine - LI6

  2. Using the Ko Cycle, shift energy from the Circulation Sex to the Lung - LU10

  3. Using the Ko Cycle, shift energy from the Kidney to the Circulation Sex - CS3

  4. Tonification Needle Technique LI6

Or 

  1. Using the Sheng Cycle, shift energy from the Stomach to the Large Intestine - LI11

  2. Using the Sheng Cycle, shift energy from the Triple Heater to the Stomach - ST41

  3. Using a Junction Point, shift energy from the Circulation Sex to the Triple Heater - TH5

  4. Using the Ko Cycle, shift energy from the Kidney to the Circulation Sex - CS3

  5. Tonification Needle Technique LI11


While either pathway is appropriate, the first requires only 3 needles, where the second requires 4. The first technique is most attractive. 


References:

Personal Class Notes ITEA 2019