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Acupuncture Points?

This is Daisy. See below for why she's here!

This page covers points on the arms, legs and head. 

If you want acupuncture BODY points, click here.

Courtesy http://www.irishviews.com/

Some points are important. Some on the limbs are very important. You'd think that, being far from the centre - the body itself - they'd be less important, but not so.

The arms and legs contain what are called the 'control' or 'master' points.

Perhaps not all of them have the same raw energy as points on the body. But they make up for it with influence!

By the way, do Acupuncture Points exist?

Obviously, I think they do.   (OK. Apparently that's not enough.)

Did you know that a bunch of scientists think they've discovered proof? Actual, see-it-through-the-bottom-of-your-beer-mug proof?

An electron spectroscopy journal has published research done using CT (computerised tomography) scans. This shows that, compared to non-acupuncture points, real acupuncture points :

  • have a higher density of micro-vessels and 
  • contain a large amount of involuted microvascular structures
  • have very distinct structural differences compared with their surrounding areas. 

'At the acupuncture points, micro-vascular densities with bifurcations “can be clearly seen around thick blood vessels” but non-acupuncture point areas showed few thick blood vessels and none showed fine, high density structures.

The acupuncture points contained fine structures with more large blood vessels that are several dozen micrometers in size plus beds of high density vascularization of vessels 15-50 micrometers in size.'

For more, click here.

Source: Chenglin, Liu, Wang Xiaohu, Xu Hua, Liu Fang, Dang Ruishan, Zhang Dongming, Zhang Xinyi, Xie Honglan, and Xiao Tiqiao. "X-ray phase-contrast CT imaging of the acupoints based on synchrotron radiation." Journal of Electron Spectroscopy and Related Phenomena (2013)

Wait ... Partial Oxygen Pressure Tests

Yes, there's more. Another bunch of scientists "used an amperometric oxygen microsensor to detect partial oxygen pressure variations at different locations on the anterior aspect of the wrist. The researchers concluded that partial oxygen pressure is significantly higher at acupuncture points."

(No, I did electrical engineering at university, and I don't know what it all means either.)

However, they show pictures of the outcome, with clear shiny results for the acupuncture point locations. See the image below:

Reference: Minyoung Hong, Sarah S. Park, Yejin Ha, et al., “Heterogeneity of Skin Surface Oxygen Level of Wrist in Relation to Acupuncture Point,” Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol. 2012, Article ID 106762, 7 pages, 2012. doi:10.1155/2012/10a6762

In the image above you can see that each of the yellow or red areas seems to be occupied by an acupuncture point. On the left, under the thumb, you see Lung points Lung 8 and Lung 9. In the middle are Pericardium 6 and 7. On the right, under the little finger, are Heart points 4, 5, 6 and Heart 7.

There are lots of references to other work proving the existence of acupuncture points using 

  • MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)
  • infrared imaging
  • LCD thermal photography
  • ultrasound and
  • other CT imaging methods

For the full article and references, click here.

OK! But How does Acupuncture Work?

There are many theories advanced by scientists. Here is a way to understand it using an analogy. This still doesn't answer the inquiring scientific mind but then, analogies seldom do. 

Chinese medicine grew out of kitchen medicine and the imagery evoked in a pre-scientific world.

They described energy and the movement and transformation of energy. On that basis, the story of Daisy (see above for her flattering picture, but sorry, can't do the smell) makes sense:

A Story about Daisy

Think of it this way.

Suppose you're in a train, commuting from Edinburgh to Glasgow - about 50 miles = 80 kilometres.

One day, your train stops, just short of Falkirk (about half way to Glasgow.)

Unusual, but you're not worried - yet.

Five minutes pass. Now you are concerned because when the train does run on time, with a 5 minute dash the other end, you can just make it to your office by opening time, 9am.

Another five minutes elapse. Now you're definitely worried. You phone and text to say you'll be late.

Worse, you've arranged to meet an important client at 0915hrs: he's coming in to your office and you must be there.

Even if the train departs immediately it will be tight.

Ten more minutes pass. Now not just you but everyone is anxious. There are people to meet, trains to catch, shopping to do, offices to man and for you, hell to pay.

What you don't know is this - because the train driver hasn't heard the news himself so can't pass it on to you. Ahead of you on the line is another train, also stopped. And ahead of that another, again stopped.

In fact all the trains ahead of you on the way to Glasgow are stopped. And all the trains from Glasgow up to Perth - all stopped. And all the trains from Perth back down to Edinburgh, all stopped: WHY?

Because of Daisy, a large, happy and well-fed Friesian cow in superb sexual health. She's standing on the railway line, considering which of two attractive bulls, one each in a field on either side of the line, has the better voice (and smell).

Fortunately someone alerted the police who informed the railway company. Then a series of safety features kicked in, bringing to a halt in turn the trains from Perth to Edinburgh, Glasgow to Perth and Edinburgh to Glasgow. (Probably all other trains within a 100 miles too.)

So what happens next?

Well eventually Daisy makes up her mind. Here comes the interesting bit: by now you have a headache, like everyone else in your carriage. If you could, you'd be beside the track walking, but the doors won't open.

All the signals are red.

Remotely, in Carstairs, (40 miles from both Glasgow and Edinburgh), in the main railway signal-box for the South of Scotland, the signal-man gets a call.

Daisy has chosen her field of play.

He presses a button.

Signals turn red to green, starting in South Queensferry (Daisy's home), working backwards to Perth, then back to Glasgow and finally back to Falkirk. Your train starts to move.

At last!

What happened? The problem was noticed by you in Falkirk. That's where the pain or problem was that the patient complained about. The underlying cause was Daisy and her admirers in South Queensferry. (You might never get to know about this.)

Once that underlying cause settles, possibly of its own accord or because of some other action by the therapist, the system can be put to 'go' by a signalman 60 miles away.

Similarly, the acupuncture points that control many of the energetic workings of the body are remote, on the limbs, between knees and toes, or elbows and fingers.

Over three thousand years they have been found to be able to exert extraordinary influence on how your body gets well.

Acupuncturists who are classically trained understand and use this knowledge.

(Others ignore it and perhaps their patients don't get well so fast.)

Acupuncture 'Master' Points

Between elbow and fingertip, and between knee and toe-tip, the acupuncture channels contains points known as Master points. These are the:

  • Five Element points
  • Junction or Gate points
  • Source points

Each of these points seems to exert influence not just locally, when they might be used to deal with pain or problems in the area, but also to 'manage' the overall workings of the mind and body.

It would be rare to find a classically trained acupuncturist who failed to consider them during a treatment.

Why? Because they back up and support whatever else is done.

It is like, but more powerful than, getting the parents and in-laws on your side during a marital 'discussion'.

Although the ancient Chinese acupuncturists discovered an amazing amount about these points, we are still discovering more.

Gradually we are beginning to recognise new ways of using them in the modern 'Westernised' world. For example in Applied Kinesiology and similar theories that use acupuncture as their basis.


Find an Acupuncturist!

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Jonathan Clogstoun-Willmott Books

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Qi Stagnation - Signs of Stress

Yin Deficiency - Burnout and Exhaustion

Yang Deficiency - Get Your Fire Burning Again!

Western Astrology and Chinese Medicine


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