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Favourite Acupuncture points?

I can tell you which are my favourite acupuncture points, but the ones 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 behind the theory? Very different to 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!

By the way ... Are you searching for a good book describing all the points, including much more than just an acupuncture points chart?

Have a look at the book below:

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 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 the possible acupuncture side-effects and questions of safety?

After that, what about the effectiveness of acupuncture? - or could it all be just a placebo?

If you are a Do-It-Yourself fan then what about Do-it-Your Self-acupuncture?

Then, in addition, there's Acupuncture in History! And of course, this site aims to explain 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 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 help you.

Along the way you'll discover a completely different way of understanding health and disease! This is a way that continues to be used right round the world, every day, and is still going after perhaps 3000 years.

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!

Acupuncture Points Chart

If you want to get an acupuncture points chart, with diagrams and all in English, do have a look at this book:

Meridians and Acupoints (International Acupuncture Textbooks)

Note: If you click on the link you'll be taken to a page where you can read pages in the book, check that it gives you much more than just an acupuncture points chart and order it. 

Or just hover your mouse over the link. A space will appear where, once you've read it, you can review it so others can decide whether to buy it. That helps everyone! (NB This feature is under test.)

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.



Qi Stagnation - Signs of Stress by Jonathan Clogstoun-Willmott

3000 years of Chinese being stressed, and at last, here's a book showing how all that experience can help you!

By the author of this website, it explains in simple English how to use stress to improve and enhance your life.

Now available from Amazon in Kindle (left below) and Paperback (right below) versions.

For the Latest Reviews of 'Qi Stagnation', click here!

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Jing Essence
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8 Principles to understand your illness and what to do about it. 3000 years of Chinese medicine wrapped up in a set of four simple ideas.
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Chronic Disease
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Suppression
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Yin Deficiency
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Yin Deficiency Causes
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Acupuncture Pain
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Pulse Diagnosis
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Tongue Diagnosis
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Acupuncture Medicine
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Acupuncture Ear Points
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Cupping
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Massage
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 - moxa - uses artemisia chinensis to create warmth in acupuncture points to stimulate and move Qi.
Nutrition
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Cold Showers
What's the best way to take cold showers? Why, in Chinese medicine, are cold baths good for you?
Coffee
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Yin Deficiency Fish Recipes
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Interval Training
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Meditation
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Self-help
Self-Help to help yourself. If you're considering treatment with acupuncture, find out what you can do to improve the consultation.
Supplements
Do you need supplements? No really! Do you need vitamins and minerals too? And fish oils?
Wake Up
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Weight Loss Exercise
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Acupuncture and Anxiety
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Back Pain
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Birth Control Pill
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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Acupuncture
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Acupuncture for Depression
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Fibromyalgia
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Hangover
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Fertility Center
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Insomnia
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Reasons for Insomnia
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Migraine and Headache
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Acupuncture for Weight Loss
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Snoring
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Signs of Stress
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Acupuncture Point Categories
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Syndromes
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Blood Stasis
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Damp
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Food Retention
Food Retention is what happens after over-eating and over-drinking too close to sleep.
Latent Heat
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Ming Men, Gate of Vitality
Ming Men, Fire of our Vitality: our defensive energy and even perhaps testosterone?
Phlegm
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Qi Stagnation
Acupuncturists have made more money out of qi stagnation than any other syndrome in Chinese medicine. Why is this?
Wind - a Major Cause of Disease
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Zang-fu? The Centre of Chinese Medicine Energy Physiology
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Heart
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Heart Blood
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Heart Fire
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Heart Phlegm Fire
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Kidney Syndromes
Kidney syndromes describe how in Chinese medicine your Kidney mis-functions.
Lung Qi
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Lung Yin
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Liver Functions - How your Liver Energy Affects your Life
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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 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.
Gallbladder
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..
Spleen
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