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Teishin Self Treatment Guide

Teishin Treatment for the Stomach Qi Line


This guide offers a simple, meditative self-treatment using Japanese Meridian Therapy principles and a teishin to harmonize the Stomach Qi line on your leg. This approach focuses on gentle touch and mindful awareness of the meridian's flow, rather than focusing on specific acupuncture points.


St Qi Line Acupuncture Meridian

What is the Stomach Qi Line?


The Stomach Qi line represents the lower portion of the Yang Ming meridian and includes the five transport points of the Stomach.

Rather than viewing the Stomach Qi line as a thin line, consider it as an area. Use a gentle, compassionate touch, and trust your hands to develop palpation skills. Effective treatments arise not from memorizing points but from learning to feel the current state of the channel.

“All acupuncture is to tonify what is deficient and reduce what is in excess.” - Ling Shu Ch.1





Preparation for Treatment:


  1. Find a tranquil space: Choose a quiet, comfortable area where you won't be disturbed.

  2. Set the mood: Dim the lights, put on calming music, or light incense if you wish.

  3. Settle in: Sit in a comfortable position, ensuring your legs are easily accessible.

  4. Ground yourself: Take a few deep breaths, focusing on your connection to the earth and your body. Take all the time you need.


Self Treatment:


  1. Trace the meridian: Gently place your fingertips on the top of your second toe. Slowly and mindfully trace the path of the Stomach meridian up your leg, using light pressure. Visualize the energy flowing smoothly along this line. Stop at the eye of the knee. This is St 35.

  2. Feel for hollows: As you trace the meridian, notice any areas that feel empty,soft or cold. This may indicate areas of deficiency.

  3. Gentle Tonification: When you find a hollow. pause and rest the round tip of the teishin on that area. Apply gentle, consistent pressure, allowing your warmth and intention to penetrate and fill the tissues. Breath deeply and relax into each point before moving to the next. Complete the Stomach Qi Line.

  4. Retrace the meridian: Gently place your fingertips at the eye of the knee (St35). Slowly and mindfully trace the path of the Stomach meridian down your leg, using light pressure. Visualize the energy flowing smoothly along this line. Stopping at the tip of the second toe.

  5. Feel for sensitivities: As you trace the meridian, notice any areas that feel tender, tight, or otherwise sensitive. These may indicate areas of stagnation or imbalance.

  6. Gentle Reduction: When you find a sensitive spot, pause and rest the sharp tail of the teishin on that area. Apply a gentle touch, consistent light pressure, allowing your warmth and intention to melt away the tension and sensitivity. Breath deeply and relax into each point before moving to the next point.

  7. Repeat on the other Leg: This time is yours. Take a deep breath and repeat the sequence on the other leg.

  8. Complete the treatment: Sit in a straight and relaxed position. Take nine deep, slow breaths, feeling the energy flowing smoothly and harmoniously throughout your body.


Teishin Self Treatment

Additional Tips:


  • Focus on your intention: Set an intention for healing and balance as you begin your treatment.

  • Trust your intuition: Let your fingers guide you to the areas that need attention.

  • Be gentle: The touch should be light and comfortable, never painful.

  • Consistency is key: Practice this self-treatment regularly to experience lasting benefits.

  • Consult a practitioner: If you have any concerns or questions, seek guidance from a qualified practitioner.



By practicing this simple self-treatment, you can cultivate a deeper connection to your body and promote the smooth flow of qi along your Stomach meridian. This can lead to improved digestion, increased energy, reduced stress, and a greater sense of well-being.


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About the Author


Mark Parzynski, DAOM, L.Ac.

Mark Parzynski. DAOM, L.Ac., is a licensed acupuncturist and educator with a diverse background in the field. He has studied in the United States, Japan, and China and uses a range of unique therapeutic approaches to create personalized treatment plans for his patients. Dr. Parzynski has over a decade of experience as a clinical supervisor and has taught graduate students and clinicians.

In addition to his work in acupuncture, Dr. Parzynski is also a skilled craftsman and silversmith. He began making teishin and gua sha tools as an acupuncture student. His passion as an artisan has continued, and for over a decade, he has been making tools for practitioners worldwide, including some of Japan's most renowned masters.

Dr. Parzynski is also a Chinese internal martial arts practitioner, which he incorporates into his acupuncture practice and daily life. He was a senior student of the late Sifu Gregory Fong and has taught Taiji Quan, Yi Quan, and Qi Gong since 2006.


For acupuncture tools and classes provided by Dr. Parzynski, visit www.AcuArtistry.com 


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