The Eight Extraordinary Vessel (EEV)
Set consists of 8
tuning forks designed to be used in conjunction with the 12 major Meridians tuning forks.
They are called the "Qi
Jing Ba Mai:
QI means odd, strange or mysterious
JING means meridian or channel
BA means eight
MAI means vessels
Since the EEV assist with
the maintenance of homeostasis, they are often also called the
"Homeostatic Meridians". In addition, they have
a profound effect on psychological functioning, so sometimes
they are referred to as the "Eight Psychic Channels".
In an article by Mary
Elizabeth Wakefield and Michel Angelo in Acupuncture Today,
December 2005, Vol. 06, Issue 12, they write:
The eight extraordinary meridians
(EEV) are pathways of energy (qi) that run deep within our
bodies. They supply the 12 regular meridians with qi and
blood, supporting our DNA or genetic heritage. They have
no direct connections to the organ systems and, with the exception
of the pairing of Du Mai and Ren Mai, they share points with
the 12 regular meridians. By utilizing the points on the hands
and feet associated with each meridian pairing contralaterally,
the practitioner duplicates the flow of energy called the microcosmic orbit in Oriental medicine; this can be likened
to a figure 8 or the infinity symbol.
The journey along this
path recapitulates the origin of life as we understand it,
from the formless, timless state that precedes incarnation, to
the emerging duality of yin and yang, and the further division
of the human embryo via the process of cell division, or mitosis,
that ultimately results in BIRTH.
In Polarity Therapy, this is called the Step-Down process
or the process of Involution. It is how we move from Source
to the physical and how all our energy systems are created as
we step down: primary/source, chakra centers, five elemental
patterns, nervous system patterns, physical patterns such as
body structure, anatomy and physiology.]
In the same manner that life
is spontaneously generated from the semblance of death, so life
ultimately returns to the VOID, mirroring the great cycle
of existence. Hence, these eight meridians are revered in Oriental
medicine as precious, marvelous, extraordinary, curious, amazing
- you name the superlative!
In Polarity Therapy, this is called the Step-Up process
or the process of Evolution. It is the reverse of the
Step-Down process or Involution explained above.]
According to Jwing-Ming
Yang, the EEV serve 4 general functions:
1. Serve as Qi RESERVOIRS
These RESERVOIRS, especially the Conception (CV/REN) and Governing (GV/DU),
absorb excess Qi from the 12 main channels, and then return it
when they are deficient. ... it is difficult to determine the
precise behavior and characteristics of these eight vessels.
They perform on a number of different levels, with a number of
different functions, and contain every kind of Qi.
When the twelve primary channels are deficient in Qi, the
EEV will supply it. This store of Qi can easily be tapped into...
through those cavities (acupoints) connecting the eight
vessels to the twelve channels. The connection cavities behave
like the gates of a reservoir, which can be used to adjust the
strength of the Qi flow in the rivers (meridianas/channels)
and the level of Qi in the reservoir. Sometimes when it is necessary,
the reservoir will release Qi by itself. For example, when a
person has had a shock, either physically or mentally, the Qi
in some of the main channels will be deficient. This will cause
particular organs to be stressed and Qi will accumulate rapidly
around these organs. When this happens, the reservoir must release
Qi to increase the deficient circulation and prevent further
2. Guard Specific Areas Against 'Evil Qi'
The Qi which protects the body from outside intruders is called
'Wei Qi' or Guardian Qi. Among the eight vessels, the Thrusting,
Governing and Conception vessels play major roles in guarding
the abdomen, thorax and the back.
3. Regulate the Changes of Life Cycles
The Thrusting and Conception vessels also regulate the changes
of the life cycles which occur at 7 year intervals for women
and 8 year intervals for men.
4. Circulate Jing Qi to the Entire Body, Particularly
the Five 'Ancestral Organs'
One of the most important functions of the eight vessels
is to deliver Jing Qi (Essence Qi, which has been converted from
Original Essence and sexual essence) to the entire body, including
the skin and hair. They must also deliver Jing Qi to the five
ancestral organs: the brain and spinal cord, the liver and gallbladder,
the bone marrow, the uterus, and the blood system."
The Eight Extraodinary
Vessels (EEV) are:
Ren - CONCEPTION Vessel (CV)
Du - GOVERNING Vessel (GV)
Chong Mai - PENETRATING or THRUSTING Vessel
Yin Wei Mai - YIN LINKING Vessel
Yang Wei Mai - YANG LINKING Vessel
Yin Qiao Mai - YIN HEEL Vessel
Yang Qiao Mai - YANG HEEL Vessel
Dai Mai - BELT or GIRDLE Vessel
Of the eight extra meridians,
only two (Ren Mai and Du Mai) have acupoints of their own. All
the EEV have a master acupoint and a coupled acupoint,
which are on one of the other twelve main meridians, and are
activated by using a master/coupled point technique. The
master and coupled points are always paired and used together.
Each master point is like
an instant "light switch" that immediately turns on
the corresponding extraordinary vessel. Coupled points are typically
used after the master point has been activated and has a lesser
affect. Used in combination, the master/coupled points are said
to "open" its corresponding extraordinary meridian,
thus enabling it to absorb extra Qi, creating a reservoir of
EEV are paired/coupled
together. See the first two columns of the chart below. The master
point for one of the meridians in the pair is the coupled point
for the other and vice versa. For example, the master point of
Ren Mai (LU-7) is always used with its coupled point (KI-6),
which is the master point of its paired EEV, in this case the
master point of Yin Qiao Mai (KI-6).
In general you activate
the master point of the EEV you are treating (due to symptomology)
and then afterwards, you activate its coupled point. Experiment
with how long you treat each point and how much time between
treating the paired points.
activate the master point on the Right side
then activate the coupled point on the Left side
activate the master point on the Left side
then activate the coupled point on the Right side
We make this EEV Set specially for a school in Europe who uses
them in their training courses. Since they are proprietary, we
are not permitted to list the frequencies.