Working with Your Inner Dragons Part 2

Dragons may be a mythical creature to some people. They are a powerful archetype, acupuncture treatments, and refer to leylines that we can work with to improve our health and well-being. In the first installation of this 3-part series, we look at dragons as archetypes. We discuss what Caroline Myss says about working with the Eastern and Western Dragons.

In this part two of Working with Your Inner Dragons, we look at the internal and external dragon acupuncture treatments.

Dragons in Chinese Medicine

In Chinese culture, the Dragon is revered. Nine types of dragons can be found in Chinese art – the Celestial Dragon, the Spiritual Dragon, the Dragon of Hidden Treasures, the Underground Dragon, the Winged Dragon, and the Horned Dragon.

The Dragon is a symbol used by emperors who were believed to have had the Mandate of the Heavens to rule. It is auspicious and represents power, prosperity, good luck, and strength. Dragons are also a symbol of healing.

In Chinese medicine, practitioners may work with the Internal Dragons and External Dragons when a disconnection exists in body-mind-spirit. The Internal Dragons treatment is for internal causes of imbalance and the External Dragons are for external causes.

Internal Dragons - Acupuncture Treatment

Internal Dragons are used to clear the seven demons. These seven demons – fear, fright/shock, worry, anger, sadness, joy, grief – are also called the “seven injurious emotions” or the “seven internal causes of disease”. These emotions are related to the five elements.


Wood – Spring – Liver – Gall Bladder – Anger
Fire – Summer – Heart – Small Intestine – Joy
Earth – Late Summer – Spleen – Stomach – Worry
Metal – Autumn – Lungs – Large Intestine – Grief, Sadness
Water – Winter – Fear, fright/shock


First written about in the Han Dynasty, from about 200 BC to 200 AD, this is an important treatment for Five Element acupuncturists. It treats the spirit. With their power, the Internal Dragons purify the body of the effects of trauma, abuse, and loss. The Internal Dragons can also help with genetic information and possession.

Possession includes a broad spectrum of conditions and not just the kind we may conjure in our minds of spinning heads. Possession is a state of deep disturbance of Spirit. A person feels controlled. This can be worms and parasites on one end of the possession spectrum. Full-on entity attachment possession lies at the other extreme end.

Trauma, physical shock, and drug abuse can leave a person more vulnerable to possession. Witnessing a traumatic or abusive event can also lead to possession.

It’s believed in Chinese Medicine that the Shen, our spirit, resides in the heart. To keep the heart calm and the Shen undisturbed, we are to empty out from the heart all desires and allow the dao and nature to unfold. There is nothing wrong with emotions, if they exist in harmony and in good measure.

Traditional diagnosis of possession is by accessing the state of Shen. Do the eyes gleam with brilliance? Or are they dull and lifeless? Are the lights on but no one is home? Is the person engaged or unreachable? “I don’t feel like myself” is a strong indication. Other statements include “I was fine until..” and “I feel possessed by..”.

All possessions are energy blockers and drainers. Without the natural flow of energy, over time a person may experience imbalances such as depression. They can also prevent healing and treatments from being effective. A clearing treatment using the Internal Dragons may therefore be the first port of call.

Inserted deeply, the needles for this acupuncture treatment stimulate and engage the person’s qi. The acupuncture points for the Internal Dragons are :

  • 1/4” below Conception Vessel 15
    (Ren 15M, the master point a teardrop below Ren15)
  • Stomach 25 Heavenly Pivot
  • Stomach 32 Crouching Rabbit
  • Stomach 41 Released Stream

External Dragons - Acupuncture Treatment

The External Dragons Acupuncture treatment is also for when a person feels disconnected and not present. In this case, the cause is external, such as a traumatic event, addictions, or toxic circumstances.

If the person is strong enough, both the Internal Dragons and External Dragons treatments can be given together. More likely, the Internal Dragons treatment is given first, in a separate session.

The acupuncture points for the External Dragons are :

  • Governing Vessel 20 Hundred Convergences
  • Urinary Bladder 11 Great Shuttle
  • Urinary Bladder 23 Kidney Shu
  • Urinary Bladder 61 Subservient Visitor
The Legend of the Dragon Fruit

The Dragon Fruit is easily found on the streets of many South East Asian countries. According to Dr Mercola, this fruit has a “surprising number of phytonutrients. Rich in antioxidants, they contain vitamin C (equivalent to 10 percent of the daily value), polyunsaturated (good) fatty acids, and several B vitamins for carbohydrate metabolism, as well as carotene and protein. Calcium is present for strong bones and teeth, iron and phosphorus for healthy blood and tissue formation.”1

Dragon Fruit by Nikolai Chernichenko
photo by Nikolai Chernichenko

Have you wondered how Dragon Fruit got its name?
According to legend, fire-breathing dragons created the fruit thousands of years ago. When a dragon breathed fire the last thing to come out would be the fruit and when the dragon was killed in battle, the soldiers would return with the fruit present to the emperor as a treasure.2

In the last article in this 3-part series, we look at the Dragons of the Inner Realms of our planet. Who are they? How are they related to the earth’s leylines and crystalline grid? Read about the earth’s dragons here. Did you miss part 1 of Working with Inner Dragons? We look at the Dragon archetype and discuss the Eastern and Western Dragons.


1 What is Dragon Fruit Good For? on Food Facts Presented by Dr Mercola
2 The Legend of the Dragon Fruit written by Natural Actives

Treatment Methods in Classical Five Element Acupuncture. Yin Yang House Theory. Read More about Internal and External Dragons and other treatments,