Acupuncture Alarm Points
(also known as) Front Mu Points
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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.
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
- 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.
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!
Getting Treatment or Advice
Acupuncturists qualified with the British Acupuncture Council
are fully trained in assessing the acupuncture alarm points. For members in
Edinburgh or SE Scotland, including the author of this site, click on Edinburgh Acupuncturist.
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