Opposite of sedating
In addition to gentle or rapid rotation the direction of the rotation is also considered important.Clockwise rotation or to the right, is sedation, whereas rotation to the left or counter-clockwise is tonification.In fact, in many cases, we could not recognize one without the other. Its opposite is darkness, which is really just the absence of light.But we wouldn’t know how to recognize darkness if we never saw light.
Everything has its opposite, ideally in perfect balance, and each member of the pair belongs with the other.
Benzodiazepines, a class of psychoactive drugs called the "minor" tranquilizers, have varying hypnotic, sedative, anxiolytic, anticonvulsant, and muscle relaxing properties, but they may create the exact opposite effects.
Susceptible individuals may respond to benzodiazepine treatment with an increase in anxiety, aggressiveness, agitation, confusion, disinhibition, loss of impulse control, talkativeness, violent behavior, and even convulsions.
When the acupuncture needle is inserted, rotation of the needle gently and slowly is tonification whereby rotating the needle rapidly produces a sedative effect.
This concept is generally regarded as being attributed to the classic book The Miraculous Pivot.