Luminita Tureanu, MD
is the online program designed to help the acupuncture practitioner in
his/her everyday practice.
Why AcuTempo? Because time is precious
for both the practitioner and patient and calculating the open points
can be quite troublesome and time-consuming. Now, with AcuTempo time is
on your side. No more calculations needed! You are able to know every
day, hour or minute which points are open. You can choose the open points
with the patient in your office, check which points are open on his/her
next appointment or schedule an appointment when you know certain points
of interest for his/her condition are open. You may enter your own date
and time or click Reset to go to the present time of your computer-clock
if needed. By a click of your mouse you can find the open points in seconds
and effectively broaden the selection of points while giving an edge to
your prescription. The only skill required is your ability to identify
the symptoms/patterns and make the right diagnosis.
Furthermore, when you click on a point,
a window opens, which contains the text description of the anatomic location,
indications and puncture method, accompanied by an illustration for each
AcuTempo is conceived to serve as a complementary therapeutic tool. While
this program wishes to expand the prescription options to choose from,
it is not intended to be a substitute for acupuncture resources, nor it
is thought to be an exhaustive reference of the most-used points.
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ease of use and navigation
calculation of open points at any given time
500 extraordinary, miscellaneous and microsystems points connected to
an index of symptoms
access, by category of classification to over 160 important points of
the principal meridians
nomenclature of points (WHO endorsed)
description of anatomic location, indications and puncture method accompanied
by illustrations for each point
is structured into two major components. The calculation site displays
the points open in connection with the user's computer-clock, every minute,
hour, month, day and year, calculated for one hundred years (until 2100).
A selection of useful points comprising 530 extraordinary, miscellaneous
and microsystems' (the face, nose, ear, hand and foot) points together
with over 160 important points of the principal meridians grouped by category
of classification is provided for convenience.
basis for the calculation of date and time in ancient China was the cycle
of 60. In this cycle, what are called 10 Stems and 12 Branches are matched
together. The term Stem refers to the cyclic variations (circadian rhythms)
that apply to the evolution of all natural phenomena, biologic ones included.
The 12 Branches are the time units and each defines a two-hour period
during the day. They also indicate the lunar months. For each Stem and
Branch there is a well-established correspondence with the Five Elements
and their belonging to either Yin or Yang. As such, the Stems and the
Branches are associated with the Yin and Yang interdependence and the
waxing and waning of the circulation of Qi and blood in the meridians.
One should recall that the circulation of Qi starts in the Gall Bladder
meridian at 23hours and that there is a two-hour period of waxing of Qi
circulation for each principal meridian. Various methods are used to calculate
the open points, which are based on the cycle of 60 and the different
combinations of the Stems and Branches.
same techniques to stimulate the points should be used, however when adding
open points one should stimulate them first.
Zi Wu Liu Zhu method uses the Five Shu points and several options
to choose from are provided based on different rationales:
Open Shu points are generated based on the interrelations between
meridians as they result from the interpromoting cycle of the Five
Elements and the provision that Qi circulation starts from GB 44
time an open Source-Yuan point is selected, adding the Luo point
of the exteriorly-interiorly connected meridian will enhance the
therapeutic effect. The Luo (Connecting) points are sites of convergence
for the Qi of the principal meridians; therefore impairments in
Qi and blood circulation can be treated accordingly.
case the Shu point one wishes to use is not open at a certain time,
applying the Five Elements interpromoting cycle to the two-hour
period of waxing Qi and starting with GB 44 every 24 minutes another
open Shu point is generated. When extended to the two-hour waxing
time of all 12 principal meridians, this rationale provides 60 open
points every day. Consequently, some points are open almost always,
which gives more flexibility to open points selection.
points from the same group. According to ancient stipulations, every
two Stems and Branches in a particular order belong to the same
group. As such, when at a given date and time no point is open,
one can use points that are open on the day and time belonging to
the same group. Using points from the same group expands the selection
points from the Partner day. In case the point you want to use is
closed because his open time has just passed, points open in the
Partner day can be used. The rationale is that Stems are coupled
together in pairs at an interval of five. The corresponding type
of days are said to be partners. For example, what is your option
if you want to use SI 1 but its time (15-17 hours) has just passed?
Small Intestine belongs to Fire and so does the Heart as they are
exteriorly-interiorly related. So HT 4 can be used for SI 1, which
is opened in the partner day at 17-19 hours, since HT 4 is the Shu
point belonging to Fire.
the two-hour period of waxing activity in each principal meridian,
any point of the meridian can be selected or points can be selected,
based on the Mother-Son rule. The Mother and Son rule applies to
the flow of Qi: every meridian that gives away energy is called
the "Mother" and every meridian that receives energy is called the
"Son". The "Mother" is tonified and the "Son" is reduced. Points
can be selected from the meridian involved or from meridians generated
from the interpromoting cycle.
The Ling Gui Ba Fa method uses the eight Confluential points,
which are the Command points of the extraordinary channels and are said
to rule over the 66 Shu points. These points should be used in pairs:
KI 6 with LU 7, SP 4 with PC 6, BL 62 with SI 3 and TE 5 with GB 41.
The Confluential points are sought to be very effective for a large
variety of diseases; however their indications are limited.
Fei Teng Ba Fa method uses the eight Confluential points as well,
however a different rationale for the selection of open points is used.
"Husband and Wife" method. According to this method, points named
"source" points are selected in pairs (but only half of them are in
fact Source-Yuan points of the Yang meridians, those for Yin meridians
are actually either Luo or Xi points). The Source points of the Yang
meridians are called "Husband" points and the "source" points of the
Yin meridians are called "Wife" points. Based on Stems combined together
at an interval of five and the corresponding Five Element, open points
are selected. Depending on the day and time division belonging to Yin
or Yang, either the "Husband" or the "Wife" point is the principal point
and should be stimulated first. As a reminder, this rationale is totally
different from the Husband and Wife rule of the organs coupled at the
Points - selection
second part has two components:
A drop-down list of 277 symptoms/diseases (Western
medical terminology). For each symptom/disease a variable number of
points is presented, a selection of over 530 extraordinary, miscellaneous
and microsystems' (the face, nose, ear, hand and foot) points in total.
While most of the points have been selected for their specific indications,
some are listed as useful associations, hence expanding the number of
options to choose from. Their only purpose is to give the practitioner
convenient access to pertinent information about points of interest
for a certain symptom/disease, with no intention what so ever to be
a therapeutic prescription by themselves.
160 important points located on the principal meridians. For theoretical
and practical considerations, they are presented according to the category
of classification they belong to: Tonifying, Reducing, Five Shu, Source-Yuan,
Luo, Group Luo, Back-Shu, Front-Mu, Xi, Guan, Hui, Lower He-Sea, Sky,
General Reunion, Command.
By clicking on each category a window opens and concise information
about the location, function and general indications for that category
is provided together with a list of points belonging to that category.
for all the points in AcuTempo, these points also come with the text description
of the anatomic location, indication, puncture and illustration.
The animated illustration of the six
energy axis is connected with your computer clock and the waxing time
of each principal meridian.
The energy axis define another relationship
between the principal meridians. Same type meridians (Yang with Yang and
Yin with Yin) but belonging to the upper and lower limbs are coupled together.
there are six energy axis:
the Yang axis the circulation of energy starts from the Jing-Well points
of the upper limb meridians. After knotting at BL 1, TE 21 and ST 1, it
continues towards the Jing-Well points of the lower limb meridians. For
the Yin axis, the energy flows from the lower to the upper limbs starting
with Jing-Well points as well, knotting at CV 23, CV 18 and CV 12. One should
bear in mind that left untreated, any disease might undergo different stages,
from affecting the Tai Yang channels through further developing and seriously
affecting the related organs. The illustration serves as a reminder also
that good therapeutic results are based on an in-depth approach to the patient,
generating the correct diagnosis and a carefully selected prescription to
adjust the energy balance and restore the circulation of Qi and blood.
Yang: joins the Bladder and Small Intestine meridians,
Yang: joins the Gallbladder and Three Energizers meridians,
Ming: joins the Stomach and Large Intestine meridians,
Yin: joins the Spleen and Lung meridians,
Yin: joins the Liver and Pericardium meridians,
Yin: joins the Kidney and Heart meridians.
When you click on the name of each energy
axis a window opens containing information regarding its function and
the channels that join to form it. You can also find a rationale for selecting
the treatment when a particular axis is affected by pathogenic factors.
As well, a couple of useful points to restore the balance in the affected
meridians are provided as an example only.
For information about each meridian,
you just have to click on the meridian's name, as it appears on the left
side of the main screen. The meridian changes every two hours, as a different
meridian reaches its waxing time. Information about its function and relationships
with other meridians within the five elements cycle and also in forming
the energy axis is presented. The characteristic symptomatology for each
meridian is provided, whether it occurs when the external or internal pathway
is affected and also as it belongs to either the excess or the insufficiency
type. Several examples of points' selection for selected meridian pathology
The five elements cycle's illustration
is the gateway toward more detailed information about each of the five elements
and its corresponding organs. When you click on the name of each element,
specific information regarding the related organs, meridians and their relationships,
as well as other correspondences, and particularities of the personality
type, is displayed.
When you click on an organ from
the five elements cycle, information is provided about the function of the
organ, main relationships with other organs, related pathology and characteristic
symptoms of principal syndromes that can occur when pathologic factors affect
the organ. A selection of points is suggested for each syndrome. Please
be advised that this is a suggested selection only. Any therapeutic plan
should be based on a thorough assessment of the patient, and individualized
treatment should be provided only after the correct diagnosis is made. Any
index of points or symptoms is not intended to be a "cookbook" but serves
to help the busy practitioner.
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Information provided on AcuTempo.com
is not intended to substitute for the medical expertise and advice that
resides with a certified acupuncturist but rather to complement other
existing acupuncture sources. Therefore, this site should not be used
"as is " for medical diagnosis and/or treatment of any health condition.
The user understands and accepts that
the efficacy of any combination of points is variable, involving individual
clinical conditions and the acupuncturist's level of expertise as major
factors. There is no guarantee of any kind, either express or implied,
that using the calculated open points alone will result in the cure or
improvement of any medical condition, as they are supposed to be used
in combination with other carefully selected points. As well, the rest
of the acupuncture points contained in this site (within the "symptom/disease"
drop-down list and the categories of classification) should not serve
as a template for any treatment, but rather as useful association with
other points in a therapeutic prescription. We strongly advise those who
do not have the necessary level of expertise and qualification to avoid
the usage of points located in the areas of the face and the eye, points
with potentially difficult insertion or which do have certain contraindications.
Some of the information supplied can
be useful for non-specialists as well. If you are a patient looking for
information regarding health matters for you or somebody you know, we
strongly advice that you consult your family physician or a certified
acupuncturist for advice. They are the ones who know best your condition
and will be able to answer your questions.
While every effort has been made to
provide accurate information, users should be advised that typographical
or technical errors may occur. We would therefore be grateful if users
will notify us of any errors they find.
The content available is for informational
purposes only. AcuTempo.com does not provide any health service, therefore
does not assume any liability whatsoever, declared or implied, for the
information accessed and used on or through this web site no for the treatment
prescribed or administered based on its content or for any consequences,
direct and indirect, arising from its use and the application of any part
of its content. The authors will not be liable for any damages of any
kind, including but not limited to direct, indirect, special and consequential
damages that result from the interpretation, the utilization or any other
usage of the information provided herein. It is the sole responsibility
of the user to exercise clinical judgment in diagnosing any medical condition
and selecting on an individual basis the optimal therapeutic plan.