List of acupuncture points
To comprehend the essentials of acupuncture/needle therapy, it is ideal for acclimating yourself with the acupuncture point chart.
The number of acupuncture points was initially established so as to correspond with the number of days in the year – 365. Still, since acupuncturists in all parts of the Asia continent came to recognize points on the body in an unexpected way, there was never a definite standard number. Nonetheless, the World Health Organization (WHO) Scientific Group met in 1989 to embrace a proposed standard acupuncture nomenclature, which is meant for international use, it is after this that 361 were agreed upon.
Based on the WHO, the body came out with another 48 pints that are included in the global standard. A lot of criteria were put into consideration before including the new additional points: the criteria were; common usage, considered clinically effective, had a precise anatomical location, and were at least .5 centimeters from a classical point.
While there are various acupuncture locations in the body, a number of acupuncturists still look to the customarily identified points. The acupuncture points are mapped to 14 main meridian channels. In Chinese medicine, a meridian channel is otherwise called a Jing Iou through which Qi (vital life energy) Xue (blood), Jinye (body liquids), Jing (essence), and Shen (spirit) flow. One meridian channel identifies with every one of the 12 inner organs while the two extra channels relate to “extraordinary vessels” – the inner part of the spine (governing vessel) and another along the midline of the stomach area (conception vessel).
Meridians resemble a network and can be contrasted with the circulatory framework in Western medication; in any case, meridians are not noticeable, but instead energetic. Every one of the 14 meridian channels has a particular number, and acupuncture points meanings. Those include:
Lung (1); Large intestine (20); Stomach (45); Spleen (21); Heart (9); Small intestine (19); Bladder (67); Kidney (27); Pericardium (9); Triple energizer, an organ recognized in Chinese medicine, but not Western medicine (23); Gallbladder (44); Liver (14); Governing Vessel (28, also known as the sea of yang); and Conception Vessel (24, also known as the sea of yin).
Each of the acupuncture points can treat various lists of illnesses.
Below are the commonly used points and their acupuncture treatment:
- Stomach Channel: ST36 – This can be found on the front of the leg and somewhere beneath the knee; this point is specially used for the treatment of many ailments, which include digestive disorders, immune deficiency, fatigue, and some other types of illnesses. In addition to this, it is emotionally and physically grounding.
- Spleen Channel: SP6 – This is located on the inner side of the leg somewhere above the ankle, this point is very significant in the treatment of hormonal disorders such as irregular menstruation, digestion, and immune disorders.
iii. Liver Channel: LV3 – This can be found on the upper side of the foot and also located between the second and first toes, Like other points, it is used for the treatment of headaches, for balancing of emotional energy, regulation of menstruation and reduce high blood pressure.
- Governing Vessel: GV20 – Located over the head, this point treats vertigo, ear, and nasal issue and different mental issues.
- Conception Vessel: CV12 – Located halfway between the breast bone and the navel, this point treats stomach related issues and blends the digestion tracts.
- Conception Vessel: CV6 – This is found in about 1.5 inches beneath the navel, this point treats fatigue, weak Spleen Qi, and the energy of the low abdomen and organs.
vii. Large Intestine Channel: LI4 – This is found on the backside of the hand between the thumb and first finger, this point activates the immune framework of the body and helps to alleviate pain, particularly in the face.
viii. Kidney Channel: KI3 – This is found close to the inner ankle, similar to other points; it treats a range of diseases which include and not limited to asthma, insomnia, sore throat, and lower back pain.