(7) The Tap / Knocking method (叩法)
The method that uses the Bianstone tools to tap on the human body is called the tap method. Almost all the Bianstone tools, small and medium, can be used this way. The commonly used Bianstone tools include the Bianstone anvil, the Bianstone ball, the cone Bianstone, the Bianstone bar and the Bianstone board. The strength to tap should be moderate, and its frequency ought to accord with the patient's pulse. The Tap method is a method of strong stimulation in the Bianstone therapeutics. It can promote blood flow, eliminate body heat-toxin and excess fat and dispel fatigue. Following are some examples of the implementation of tap method.
To tap on the shoulder and back for the treatment of shoulder and back pain.
To lay down the Bianstone bar or the cone Bianstone, or use the narrow edge of the Bianstone anvil to do the tap method along the main collateral channels.
To use the apex of the Cone Bianstone, the rear of the Bianstone board or corner of the Bianstone anvil to tap the acupoints, the selection of which should be related with the patient's disease.
To use the Bianstone ball or the Bianstone anvil to tap on the full parts of the limbs. This method is effective in eliminating fatigue after heavy physical labour, long-distance travel or athletic games.