You can change the date and/or time to see the related open points for that date and time. A red box around the Date or Time inputs indicates that the selected date or time is not today/now.
The time is split into 2 hour segments which correspond to the 12 earthly branches.
In Settings you can select different time settings ie. Solar time, Local time. Solar time is recommended but it requires your Longitude (which is taken from the Time Zone). If you are using the Solar time setting then the time offsets are incorporated into the 2 hour time segments.
The moon number is the age of the moon in days. 0 indicates a new moon, 15 indicates a full moon. The selected time is also taken into consideration.
Propitious (green) and Ominious (red) names indicate good or bad days (prohibitions) for acupuncture, moxibustion, bleeding & medicine based on the lunar month and earthly branches. Due to the large amount of ominious days, Fine Jade days based on including heavenly stems in the calculation have been added. See Cheng-Tsai Liu (1999) for more detailed information.
These are prohibited areas for acupuncture or moxibustion where the 'human spirit' is said to reside based on the day stem and hour branch. This is based on Sun Si-miao's interpretation. See Cheng-Tsai Liu (1999) for more detailed information.
Channels are associated with 2 hour (Td) time segments throughout the day. There are a number of ways of utilizing this: The Tonify/Reduce method utilises this using Mother - Child points on the channel associated with the current time (Td) (in the case of reducing excess) or in the next Td (in the case of tonifying deficiency). See Matsumoto & Birch (1993) for more information. This method uses the active channel in the current Hour branch.
This method is based on a 60 day cycle of numerical calculations. It incorporates the Eight Confluent Points of the Extraordinary Vessels with the theories of the Nine Palaces and Eight Day Stems.
This group of methods is based to the increase and decrease of Yin and Yang throughout a day and also the ebb and flow of Qi and Blood through the body over a day. It uses the Chinese calendar stems and branches system in conjunction with the five Shu points (Jing-Well, Ying-Spring, Shu-Stream, Jing-River and He-Sea). Adopting Stems is also known as Nai Jia Fa or Midday/Midnight Ebb/Flow. The brackets in the Adopting stems indicates Partner points which can be used in addition to the main points.
This method is derived from the Ling Gui Ba Fa method linking to points related to 8 extraordinary channels, but uses the hour Td Stems. The first point is the current 'open' point and the second grey point is the coupled point.
This method is derived from coupling Heavenly Stems with Source points.
This method, which Liu (1988) calls Inter-Generation, calculates points which change every 24 minutes. It uses day stems and successive (5) shu points. 0-24 points are Jing-Well; 24-48 are Ying-Spring; 48-72 are Shu-Stream; 72-96 are Jing-River and 96-120 are He-Sea points. A darker blue background indicates the current open point. If there is a lighter blue box too that indicates a just closed (within 4 mins) or about to open point.
This is based on the Nan Jing, which implies that wei qi completes 50 circuits of the vessels every day. In practice, at a given time you can either select the opposite Luo to send Qi and Blood to the current channel, or select the current luo and balance it with a point from the opposite channel. See Twicken (2006) for more information regarding this technique. A darker blue background indicates the current open point. If there is a lighter blue box too that indicates a just closed (within 4 mins) or about to open point.