Chronoacupuncture is an ancient Chinese healing system according to which acupuncture points are selected in accordance to space and time rather than the person’s individual diagnosis. Every two hours there is a different acupuncture point, called "open point", which is active and particularly healing for that period of time.  By stimulating this open point the ancient Chinese teachings say that all turbid/excess energy will exit the body while deficient body energy will get supplemented.  Thus the hidden potential of Nature steps in to balance the person’s physiology and emotionality.

The open point is calculated using data about both space and time. According to our location on earth we will be in a different time zone. There cannot be one unified open point for all locations because not all locations have the same time zone; during the different hours of the day different energies are active. Thus the open point for the different world locations vary in accordance to their corresponding time zone.

Calculation of the open points is based on the Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches counting system used in the ancient Chinese calendar. There are a total of 10 Stems and 12 Branches used together in a specific sequence to combine into a cycle of 60 days. Each stem-branch combination is different for each one of these 60 days. Once the 60 days cycle is over the combination starts from the beginning.

Each stem and each branch has its own name. When making daily combinations the stem-branch names create different names for the day they correspond to. Thus each day in the Chinese calendar has a name, which consists of the combination of the names of the stem and branch for the day. Since each stem-branch cycle consists of 60 days there are a total of 60 different names for the 60 different days in the cycle. Once the cycle is over the names of the days start to repeat themselves into the new cycle.

At the beginning, the Stem-Branch system was used for counting the day only.  Later, the Yin-Yang Five-Element scholars applied this system into the month, the year and the hour.

There are four main methods of calculating open points:

Na Zi Fa, which uses the daily branches only, Na Jia Fa, which uses daily stems and the five elements with the so called Shu-transporting points, Ling Gui Ba Fa which uses both stems and branches and the 8 extraordinary meridians with the so called eight confluent points, and Fei Teng Ba Fa, which is derived from the Ling Gui Ba Fa and uses stems only.

In this project we use the Ling Gui Ba Fa method (“8 Methods of Sacred Turtle”). One reason we chose this method is that it is simply more practical as there are only 8 opening points. The Na Jia Fa method uses the Shu-transporting points of the 12 regular meridians, which are a total of 60. Furthermore the 8 command points of the 8 extraordinary meridians are said to rule over the 60 Shu-transporting points of the 12 regular meridians.

The 8 extraordinary meridians are also considered the meeting point of body and mentality. Stimulating these meridians with the appropriate open point, which is also one of the eight command points of the 8 extraordinary meridians, will balance out not only ones body but also ones mentality.

Chronoacupuncture does not end here, though. Besides the one open point, which is calculated using one of the four different open point systems mentioned above, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine every two hours a different organ becomes particularly active. Each body organ is linked to specific hour of the day and during that time the organ is in it's peak. As every organ is penetrated by one meridian according to this theory the body’s vital force (the Qi) flows largely through one of the meridians of each organ for two hours in each 24-hour cycle. For those two hours, the organ penetrated by this “Qi active” meridian, dominates the body.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine every organ manifests on a bio-chemical level (the organ’s anatomy), on a vital level (the organ on the level of qi and essence), on a mental level (the way the organ affects the mentality of the person), and on an emotional level (the emotion that corresponds to the organ). Thus during the two hours each organ is in its peak, it dominates the body not only on physical but also on mental level.

 How to use the Open Point Calculator:

Select the date and the hour of the current time. The "open point" for the hour and the active organ for the hour will automatically show. Select the current "open point" from the 8 acupuncture point location video links listed below the calculator. Watch the point location video for the current "open point" to learn how to locate the point. By applying Acupressure on the point for the time the point is active as appointed on the calculator (for example 1-3pm) the ancient Chinese teachings say that any excessive turbid energy, whether it is physiological or mental, should exit the body while deficient body energy should get supplemented. Think of the open point as Nature's gate to balance.

On the same page there are 12 links to introductory materials about how Traditional Chinese Medicine views each one of the internal body organs - its physiological and emotional aspects. Select the organ, which is currently in it's peak as shown by the calculator and read the material about it from one of these 12 links. By reading the material and comparing to how you feel at the current time you can determine whether this organ is in balance. If you determine that the organ is out of balance at the end of the article you will find links to other materials, which review this organ’s all possible pathologies. Select the pathology that fits your condition best and learn what foods and acupressure points Traditional Chinese Medicine uses to improve this condition. The best time to treat certain organ is when it is most active.