Acupuncture is an alternative medicine dating back to the days of Ancient China. It involves the use of inserting tiny needles in to acupuncture points on the body. These points, of which there are hundreds, lie along the meridians of the body and are important for treating different types of illnesses and medical conditions. There are also numerous points which are not associated with specific organs of the body or particular body functions and some practitioners suggest that there may be thousands of such points in the body.
This article will discuss the various categories of the acupuncture points in the body, which are:
* The Five Transporting Points
* The Five Phase Points
* Xi-Cleft Points
* Yuan Source Points
* Luo-Connecting Points
* Back Shu Points
* Front Mu Points
* Hui-Meeting Points
In order to understand how acupuncture points work, you need to have a basic understanding of the location of these points in the body. There are major currents running through the body called channels of meridians. Twelve of these channels connect with the organs located in the trunk of the human body and each one is named according to the part of the trunk with which it connects. Each of the acupuncture points has a specific effect on each of these channels.
THE FIVE TRANSPORTING POINTS
Each channel has five transporting points. In the arms these points begin at the fingers and end at the elbows and in the legs they begin at the toes and end at the knees. The names of these points are Well, Spring, Stream, River and Spa – one for each finger and toe. The flow of the Qi at each point resembles its name, such as in the Well where the flow of the Qi is long and slender.
THE FIVE PHASE POINTS
The five phase points, also called Element Points, also begin at the tips of the fingers and toes. These have the names of Wood, Metal, Fire, Earth and Water. They continue past the elbows and knees are are very important acupuncture points in the treatment of disease.
These are the points in the body where the Qi and the blood slow down and collect in pools. These acupuncture points are most often indicated in the case of serious diseases and when treatment for pain is necessary.
YUAN SOURCE POINTS
Each organ channel contains one Yuan Source Point. When a needle is inserted into this acupuncture point, the Source Qi is released.
There is a point in the body at which the channels meet. These are called the connecting points, so inserting the needle into one of these acupuncture points in the body will affect more than one channel and organ at a time.
BACK SHU POINTS
These acupuncture points are located on the two branches Bladder Channel that lie on the muscles on either side of the spine. Each of the organs attached to these muscles can be affected by acupuncture to these points and Qi released to them.
FRONT MU POINTS
These points are also called Mu-Alarm points because they are located at the front of the body and have a very close relationship with the organs in that part of the body. Before inserting needles into this point, the practitioner can do a visual inspection of certain reactions that result from touching any of the points along these meridians.
Also called the Window to the Skies, the Hui-Meeting points are a collection of different points in the body that have a range of special effects on all the organs of the body.
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