EAST Meets EAST:  Acupuncture Polarity Interface

By David Cushing Fuess

Polarity therapy and acupuncture are extremely compatible.  Together their effectiveness is greater than the sum of their parts.  Combining the two may lead to a happier practitioner and a healthier, more involved patient.

      Polarity therapy emerged from the mind of Dr. Randolph Stone (1890-1981) and the ancient art of Ayurveda, the “mother of all sciences,” reputed to be more than 5,000 years old. Stone was an osteopath, chiropractor and naturopath in Chicago for more than 60 years.  He was a deeply spiritual man who immersed himself in metaphysics.  He wrote The New Energy Concept of the Healing Art in 1948 followed soon after by The Wireless Anatomy of Man.  He will be remembered as one of the great masters of internal energy medicine.

      Stone applied to the human constitution the concept that energy has to move from a positive to a negative pole through a neutral field.  This scientific law is fundamental to the movement of energy throughout the universe, and it manifests in our physical body as energetic currents, which Stone referred to as the Wireless Anatomy of Man.  He developed his system of polarity therapy after a breakthrough in August 1945 when he stayed up all night reading Mysticism: the Spiritual Path, Volume II by Lekh Raj Puri and through his studies of many ancient traditions of natural healing, Ayurvedic, yogic, cabalistic, hermetic and alchemic among them.

      Stone was looking for the common denominator to all the healing arts through his work on polarity therapy.  The word “polarity” refers to the idea of positive, neutral and negative energy.  Much as the Chinese came upon the fundamental principle of Yin and Yang by observing the shady and sunny side of the mountain, Stone observed the proton, neutron and electron, the equator and the North and South Poles and the same principles that are reflected in the cosmos. 

     Stone could feel the subtle energy currents much as a Qigong master can.  Using his sensitivity and the feedback from his patients, he observed, noted and codified the remarkable system of polarity therapy, which has now been preserved in Polarity Therapy: The Complete Collected Works, Volume I and II.

      Ted Kaptchuk, in his pivotal work The Web That Has No Weaver, delineated the acupuncture meridians and saw them much as a weaver would, using the concept of a warp and woof.  The warp refers to the strong longitudinal threads and the woof refers to the horizontal threads that are shuttled back and forth to form a fabric.  The long meridian system may be seen as the warp and horizontal current of the Dai Mai, the Belt channel, may be seen as the woof. 

     Jerry Alan Johnson in his excellent Chinese Medical Qigong Therapy refers to the Dai Mai, which included Gall Bladder 26 (dai mai). 27 (wu shu) and 28 (wei dao), bilaterally:  “The Belt Vessel is the only horizontal vessel in the body….It binds, joins, and controls all the channels of the body, exerting an influence on the energetic circulation of the body’s Governing and Conception vessels” (166).

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