The Heavenly Star Points of Ma Danyang
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According to the Heavenly Star Poem (first recorded in Wang Guorui’s Yuan Dynasty Jade Dragon Classic's Echo of Bian Que Deity's Acupuncture), ‘None of the functions of the 360 points are beyond the 11 [Heavenly Star] points’. The same poem states that the clinical effects of using these points can be like 'hot water poured upon snow’. This article explains the history and textual transmission of the Heavenly Star Points of Ma Danyang, and includes comprehensive descriptions of the application of the points and the needling techniques necessary to produce the desired clinical effects.
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