Acupuncture Body Points - An Explanation
This article provides a brief explanation of acupuncture body points.
Acupoints or trigger points employed in effective treatment might not always be located at the same area of the body as the symptom. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) works on selecting acupoints based on their effectiveness on the Meridian System in providing relief from symptoms and balancing the yin, yang, and qi.
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In natural health and healing, we believe in holistic health and healing, as we realize that different parts of the human body are highly interlinked, often beyond Man's understanding. We also believe that the body has the ability to heal itself of any disease, even supposedly incurable diseases.
In order to do so, the body needs the support of some basic dietary and lifestyle good health habits, such as a full body detox and a proper understanding and application of nutrition. Taking these fundamental health steps will greatly magnify the effects and benefits of any of our health-promoting efforts, including the use of certain holistic remedies.
The main twelve meridians in the human body are along the arms and legs. The twelve meridians are as follows: lungs, pericardium, heart, stomach, large Intestine, spleen, small intestine, urinary bladder, gall bladder, liver, kidneys, and triple warmer. Most of these meridians are representative of their physiological function and not their anatomical structure and this is the reason some meridians have no corresponding anatomical structure.
Meridians are further classified into yin and yang groups.
Acupuncure body points, or human body trigger points, are located by employing a measuring system called cun, which is regulated according to its distance from different key palpable anatomical body points.
The World Health Organization has recognized close to 400 basic acupoints based on the meridians in the human body. While some acupuncture body points are hardly used, some are considered extremely significant therapeutically and are employed often to treat a wide number of ailments.
Acupuncture body points or acupoints are generally located by palpation and on confirmation of tenderness in these areas. Another way of locating acupoints is by examining the warmth, or temperature of the skin in this area, and also by the texture of skin in these areas.
These acupuncture body points or acupoints are known by their conventional names, or by the name of the meridian along which they are located, followed by a numerical value to represent the order on which the point is located on that particular meridian. An acupoint on the hand could be called Hegu, and represented as LI 4, which translates to fourth point on the large intestine meridian. Here LI represents Large Intestine.
The main acupuncture body points or point system associated with different physiological body functions based on organ systems contained in the TCM structure can be described as follows:
Five Transporting System - explaining acupuncture body points
In this point system, the flow of energy or vital force referred to as qi flows through various channels like water in the river. According to this system, trigger points are located on the path of the energy flow. Here qi is explained as bubbling from spring, which slowly increases in depth and breadth just like a river that arises from a point and flows down the mountain. The five transporting systems are as stated below:
Jing-well Point System:
Ying-spring Point System:
Shu-stream Point System:
Jing-river Point System:
He-sea Point System:
Five Phase Point System
This system associates each of the five transporting systems with one of the five elements of nature, namely wood, fire, earth, metal, and water.
Thus, the five transporting points are correlated with the five phase point system in order to arrive at the acupuncture treatment plan for various diseases.
Apart from the above-indicated systems, the following points represent various problems:
Thus, based on the effectiveness of the points in relation to their location on the meridian, in releasing blocked energy, acupuncture treatments evolve various treatment plans to help heal various disease conditions.
This article would have given you an overall idea of acupuncture body points. For more information, do read the other related acupuncture articles.
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