So - Of All the Acupuncture Points
What's YOUR Favourite?
Favourite Acupuncture points?
I can tell you which are my favourite acupuncture points, but the points that help you most will depend on your health, not mine.
What’s the point of acupuncture? Are you interested in the understanding of health that the theory behind acupuncture points towards? – ideas very different from those of modern medicine?
Would you like to understand Chinese Medicine in English?
And if you're having treatment, what don't acupuncturists tell you?!
Let me tell you how I got into acupuncture!
When I was 30 I had two jobs, one during the week (very long hours) and one every and all weekend. I got a cough. After some months of it I went to my doctor. His prescription made me ill, and his next one was worse. He may have been a good doctor but his medicine didn't suit me. (Find out more about me here.)
Eventually I went to an acupuncturist. She said she could certainly get me 70% better.
“Only 70%? I was hoping for 100%!”
“Well in that case you'll have to change your job. It's killing you!”
I remember the treatment she gave me. I'd been feeling blocked up in my chest, stuffy nose, tight cough, itchy skin.
I remember one of the points in particular. It had a transforming effect. As she inserted the needle, my blocked chest feeling suddenly disappeared - like pressure escaping from a balloon, or clouds clearing from the sky. I could lie on my back and breathe.
Apparently I fell fast asleep for 20 minutes. When I got up, the cough was much looser and two days later it had gone.
How had she done it - treated my cough?
She said she hadn't treated my cough!
“Cough” was just the name I'd given it.
From her point of view she was treating what in Chinese medicine is called 'stagnant qi' with 'cold and damp in the lungs'. (Don't worry - all will be explained! After all, this site aims to explain Chinese medicine in English.)
So I started training in acupuncture. Along the way I learned a whole range of other alternative therapies too, and eventually I got qualified, gave up my job and started seeing patients myself. (Many of the best acupuncturists aren't doctors, though they've acquired a very considerable knowledge of Western Medicine as part of their training.)
Only 360 points?
There are at least 360 acupuncture points along channels (or 'meridians') on your body and hosts of others which aren't on any specific channel.
In the image on the right you can see some of the points on the head. Every point has a different action and, believe it or not, acupuncturists still argue over where some of them are!
But there's much more to it than that!
How do Shiatsu, Acupressure, Reiki, EFT (emotional freedom technique), and AK (Applied kinesiology) get their ideas from acupuncture and its points?
And what about acupuncture side-effects and safety? ... Acupuncture effectiveness ... or could it be just a placebo? Self acupuncture? Acupuncture and history? Chinese medicine in English?
What should you never tell your acupuncturist to do? And how can you help your acupuncturist? It's all here!
I've watched acupuncture in action for 35 years and used it with thousands of my patients. Even so, I'm still a student, but my clients testify to its success for their health and in their lives.
Join me in exploring this ancient system of medicine!
Enjoy finding out the thinking and even theory behind acupuncture, what
acupuncture points do, how they work, who you can trust to use them,
when to get treatment, where the ideas came from and whether they can
Little known fact
Did you know? - people may have used acupuncture points in Europe 5000 years ago - probably long before the Chinese: perhaps not really vital information, but you'll find more about that here too!
One more thing!
You probably arrived on this site because, at least in some small way, you are stressed. Fortunately for you, here's the answer to your prayers (or mutterings, if you don't happen to be the prayerful kind).
There's a whole book about it! See below.
3000 years of Chinese being stressed, and at last, here's a book showing you what to do about it!
By the author of this website, it explains in simple English how to use stress to improve and enhance your life.
Out soon in paperback too.
Want to locate a point, or find out what it does? Click here and read about it in our growing encyclopedia of acupuncture points!
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- Why do we get chronic disease. Often it's because we've stopped our bodies doing what they're designed to do.
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- What Can You Do about Yin Deficiency, Burn-out, Exhaustion and Impoverishment? And how does it fit in with the Menopause, those power surges, hot flashes and flushes?
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- Acupuncture Pain Relief only hints at what it can do: from improving health to easing pain, acupuncture has a great history of success
- Remaining Pathogenic Factor
- Why is a remaining pathogenic factor like a burglar? What are its symptoms? What can you do about it?
- Pulse Diagnosis
- Most Western trained doctors aren't trained in pulse diagnosis, but the Chinese have made an art form out of it.
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- What Is Acupuncture Medicine and how does it explain and treat a host of diseases?
- Not just Chinese, Cupping has a Long Tradition in Europe: but the Chinese worked out what it does and how and when it does good: such a simple system, yet there's a skill too.
- The Chinese Massage system known as Tuina and using acupressure along meridians is quite foreign to Western Medicine, yet widely used in Chinese hospitals.
- Moxibustion - Moxa
- Moxibustion or moxa uses artemesia chinensis to create warmth in acupuncture points to stimulate and more Qi.
- Acupuncture Ear Points
- Acupuncture Ear points treat your body in a different way to acupuncture meridian or channel points. These auricular acupuncture points can be used alone or in combination with channel points.
- Acupuncture and Anxiety
- Acupuncture and Anxiety: Can Acupuncture Help?
- Birth Control Pill
- Oral Birth Control Pills like Yasmin and other contraceptives such as implants all have side effects. What are they doing to your energy and how does Chinese medicine deal with them?
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Acupuncture
- In Chronic Fatigue Syndrome acupuncture theory clarifies what really needs to be done, the order to do it and what can be expected, so raising your spirits.
- Acupuncture for Depression
- What can Acupuncture for Depression offer? How does it fit into Chinese medicine? What points work? And why?
- Fibromyalgia is a tough disease. Acupuncture is often used and this is where you’ll find why.
- Hangover? Expecting it or got it? Here's what to do, or not!
- Can't sleep? Insomnia a problem? There are many reasons, and Chinese medicine's been thinking about them for over 2000 years, and they've come up with some answers.
- Acupuncture for Weight Loss
- How effective is acupuncture for weight loss? If it works, how does it work, how long does it work for, and which acupuncture points do the trick?
- Signs of Stress
- How Chinese Medicine explains Signs of Stress, after at least 3000 years of thought, often comes down to Qi Stagnation. Understand how it works and learn how to recognise and manage Stress.
- Acupuncture Point Categories
- Acupuncture point categories tell acupuncturists how points work and how they can be used.
- Acupuncture Meridians
- Do Acupuncture Meridians Exist? What Are They? Can You Trust Ideas from 2500 Years Ago? Why Do Acupuncturists Rely on Them? Who Invented Them? Are They Necessary?
- Acupuncture Point Location
- Knowing where a particular acupuncture point location should be is one thing. Finding it is another and here's where you'll get help on this vital little matter!
- Blood Stasis
- You probably have Blood Stasis, and almost certainly will have it as you grow older. It's a major constituent of chronic ill-health and aging. What can you do about it?
- British to the core, damp is our best weapon and worst curse. Only we have explored its diversity, rejoiced in its misery and plumbed its depths. But it's the Chinese who worked out what it does to us
- Latent Heat
- Why do many modern diseases occur? Because of what Chinese medicine calls 'Latent Heat'. Like a terrorist cell, it lurks unobtrusively, waiting for the call to action.
- Ming Men
- Ming Men, origin of life, fire of gate of vitality, Fire in the Belly
- Qi Stagnation
- Acupuncturists have made more money out of qi stagnation than any other syndrome in Chinese medicine. Why is this?
- Zang-fu? The Centre of Chinese Medicine Energy Physiology
- Zang-Fu Organs - a Central Idea in Chinese Medicine energy physiology. What They Do Powers You.
- In Chinese medicine, your Heart energy governs not just your personality but what you do with your life and how assured you are.
- Heart Fire
- Feeling romantic, Heart on Fire? Don't confuse your happy state with Heart Fire: quite a different matter, and one you won't want to possess once you've read what's here!
- Lung Qi
- Lung Qi! No idea what this is? Well, you can't do without it and it keeps you healthy.
- Lung Yin
- Lung Yin supplies a good deal of the "Stay Cool!" factor in life. How do you increase it and what can you do if it's deficient?
- Liver Functions - How your Liver Energy Affects your Life
- How your Liver functions in Chinese Medicine makes all the difference to your life.
- Liver Qi Stagnation, Stagnant Qi
- Liver Qi Stagnation is a major way to understand signs of stress and how to help them. It's the Chinese Jewel in the Crown!
- Liver Fire
- Cross, even angry, and dizzy, with a headache? You may have Liver Fire, and Chinese Medicine knows what to do with you!
- Liver Channel Cold Stagnation
- Wear too little and you could get this Liver Channel Cold Stagnation. Then you'll need acupuncture and moxa to sort it out!
- Liver Blood Stagnation
- Painful periods are often due to Liver Blood Stagnation, but treating it helps many other conditions.
- Liver Wind - Potentially a Serious Health Hazard
- Many modern and serious health conditions derive from Liver Wind. This serious health hazard needs urgent treatment.
- Liver Yang
- Liver Yang rising affects you more as you grow older, or if you have emotional problems. Well! Who doesn't?
- Liver Blood Deficiency
- Liver Blood Deficiency undermines your personality and confidence. Liver Blood is also vital for healthy periods and lustrous hair and skin.
- Liver Yin Deficiency
- As you grow older, you'll probably get Liver Yin Deficiency, so find out about it here first.
- Much more than a small pear-shaped sac full of bile, the Gallbladder function in Chinese medicine helps you take the right decisions and move your life in the right direction..
- About Jonathan Clogstoun-Willmott - Story of a Professional Acupuncturist
- Acupuncturists like Jonathan Clogstoun-Willmott come in all sizes, small, fat, thin and tall - and in between. I'm not in between. And how I came into acupuncture isn't normal either.
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