Acupuncture Alarm Points
(also known as) Front Mu Points


Search the Whole Web to quickly find what you're looking for:

Alternatively, if you just want to search THIS SITE, use the Site Search box below: just type the word you're interested in, click 'Search' and away you go! Our trained acupuncture needles will go to work. They're all sharp, smooth, well-toned, keen and quite painless.

Search THIS Site - Type in the word you want ...
site search by freefind

What are Acupuncture Alarm Points, otherwise known as Front Mu points?

Alarm? All these so-called acupuncture alarm points lie on the front or side of the torso. (In the picture - right - there is one pair that is just out of view round the side.)

If sore to pressure they may indicate a problem with the corresponding zang-fu organ. By a problem, we don’t necessarily mean a major problem: for example if your Lung Alarm point is sore to pressure, it could just mean you have a respiratory infection – a cold perhaps.

Lung Zhongfu Lung 1 Bladder Zhongji Ren-3
Large Intestine Tianshu Stomach-25 Kidney Jingmen GB-25
Stomach Zhongwan Ren-12 Pericardium Shanzhong Ren-17
Spleen Zhangmen Liver 13 Sanjiao Shimen Ren-5
Heart Juque Ren-14 Gall Bladder Riyue GB-24
Small Intestine Guanyuan Ren-4 Liver Qimen Liver 14

  • These points are useful in their own right of course too, because of either their location or position on the channel or because of the properties they carry.
  • Only three of these points actually lie on the meridian in question: the Lung Alarm point is on the Lung meridian, the Liver Alarm point is on the Liver meridian and the Gall-bladder Alarm point is on the Gall Bladder meridian. That’s all: the rest lie on other meridians. Quite a few lie on the Conception Vessel channel.
  • They can be used to strengthen and to disperse energy, though some seem to be used more for one than the other. Personally I’ve never used Gall-Bladder 24 to strengthen the Gall-Bladder, even when the individual lacked ‘gall’ – ie lacked assertiveness and courage. (Perhaps I should.) I’ve often used it to disperse Qi and damp-heat trapped there though.
  • But I use the Lung Alarm point for many kind of Lung problems, both excess and deficient, likewise the Stomach Alarm point. The Spleen Alarm point, Liver 13, Zhangmen, I tend to use more for excess than deficiency. Other acupuncturists might have other views.
  • The Suffix '–mu' means ‘gathering’ point. The correct name for these points is really 'front mu' points. The qi of the zangfu is said to ‘concentrate’ or 'gather' here. They seem to have a more direct effect on the zangfu, so can be useful in pathology. However, some acupuncturists prefer not to needle them if there is pathology of the underlying zangfu, not because of possible damage to the zangfu (far from it! - indeed quite the reverse) but because if needled, they may not work so well as alarm points when pressed.
  • Originally they weren’t thought of as a single group. Some were added later, presumably as experienced acupuncturists worked out what they did and where they were – for example the Sanjiao and Pericardium front mu points.
  • Whether or not used as acupuncture alarm points, these front mu points can be used on their own or more commonly in support of other treatments or as the basis for a treatment, with other points added to structure the treatment better.

Now read about a similar sort of group, the Back-Shu points!

Return from Acupuncture Alarm points back to Point categories.


www.acupuncture-org.uk

Booking Consultations with Jonathan Clogstoun-Willmott

Click here to see when Jonathan is available, or to BOOK your appointment online. 

Alternatively, ring him on 07950 012501 or freephone (only free to telephone within the UK) 0800 298 7015.


Jonathan Clogstoun-Willmott Books

Please note! The Kindle editions are less easy to read! Although the paper editions cost more, they are much easier to read and to refer back and forth to the contents and index. 

Here are some of the books Jonathan has written:

Qi Stagnation - Signs of Stress

Yin Deficiency - Burnout and Exhaustion

Yang Deficiency - Get Your Fire Burning Again!

Western Astrology and Chinese Medicine

Yuck! Phlegm!: How to Clear Your Phlegm Using Ideas from Chinese Medicine (Chinese Medicine in English Book 4)


Published 1986 and, amazingly, still selling. Was apparently used back then by at least one acupuncture college to help students understand Chinese medicine!

No comments yet: just published. (Despite the lurid cover, it explains the five main types of phlegm and what works best for each type. I hope it's easy to read and will be much more useful than all the websites on the subject.)


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.

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

NB You can also order 'Qi Stagnation - Signs of Stress' from your bookseller.



Didn't find what you were looking for? Use this search feature:


Click Here for Acupuncture Points on Facebook!