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Acupuncture point categories help acupuncturists understand more quickly how points work and so save them time designing treatments.
(By the way, click here for acupuncture point location and information on individual points along the meridians.)
What this means is that acupuncture points within a given category can all be treated or used in the same way.
It makes learning them easier and when searching for the right treatment, it is easy to add a point from these categories to improve the treatment.
Also, knowledge of these categories enormously enhances one's appreciation and enjoyment of practising Chinese medicine.
Mainly, using them improves treatments!
These categorizations are part of traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture theory. Western Medicine and/or Western acupuncturists probably pay them scant attention.
Still, they've been around for up to 2200 years, if not more, and they weren't made up by whimsy.
Some of them were the work of one person in particular (who admittedly may have wanted to make his mark) but others tried and tested them and they've passed into the tradition.
Not all sprang together at once. For instance, the 'entry-exit' points must have been discovered after a fair amount of trial and error. The group of 'Front mu' points (acupuncture alarm points) as we know them were put together over time.
We may have lost some important insights when what is now Chinese medicine went through various ructions starting in the 1950s.
Many good acupuncturists fled from China, but some didn't and these included some families in which family knowledge was jealously guarded and handed down from generation to family generation.
(To find out more about the roots of Acupuncture and Chinese medicine, click on Charles Buck's book.)
Those who stayed behind in China either accepted the Chinese State's system of acupuncture or eventually died, taking their family's knowledge and insights with them.
If you live in the Edinburgh area of Scotland, where the author of this site (and of the books described below) works, click on Edinburgh Acupuncturist.
If you live elsewhere, click on BAcC.
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:
Still only one comment, though personally I think this is my best book so far.
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.
NB You can also order 'Qi Stagnation - Signs of Stress' from your bookseller.
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