Ling Gui Ba Fa – 灵龟八法 – The Eight Methods of the Magic Turtle
The treatment takes place via the eight extraordinary channels. It is important consider their specific energetic intent (see indications).
Ling Gui Ba Fa includes two methods which are Ling Gui Ba Fa – Original Style and Fei Teng Ba Fa, a simplified form of the Ling Gui Ba Fa.
These methods are described as numerical acupuncture in contrast to astronomical acupuncture, which refers to the Zi Wu Liu Zhu Zhen Fa.
What is most important to remember here is that in going over these channels you reach the yuan or constitutional level. From this point of view you treat primarily conditions over the eight extraordinary channels which deal with the essential value of the jing – 精. The very nature of these maladies tends to be chronic, serious, or may even be inherited.
A further indication for the use of an extraordinary channel becomes apparent through the path of this channel which can include several of the twelve main channels. The extraordinary channel “Yang Wei Mai”, for example, contains the area of the BL-, GB-, SI-, and TE-channel. In other words, treatment through an extraordinary channel allows for coverage of a much wider area than treatment through a main channel.
And finally, the extraordinary channels offer a good option for treating polarity conditions. By this I mean conditions of imbalance between both sides of the body and its channels. Consider using the extraordinary channels to balance these polarities. The commonly used left-right and top-bottom confluent point combinations are most suitable for these problems.