Luo-connecting points, sometimes also known as 'junction' points, lie on acupuncture channels, one per channel.
Each of these points is where a separate, secondary channel rises from the primary acupuncture channel. Where it goes shows you at least one important way the point can be used.
These luo-connecting points have other functions, both superficial and deep, well worth knowing about if you're an acupuncturist.
If you're not an acupuncturist or student of acupuncture, this page probably won't be useful. However, some of my patients think that knowing more about all this helps them understand their condition more easily. So here it is.
To make more sense of this, best to read first the page on luo-connecting channels.
Some luo-connecting points, like Lung point 7, Lieque, have little flesh under them so deep needling is not possible, although one can needle shallowly - ie transversely - along under the skin a good distance, of course.
Usually, if the problem is of recent origin or acute, shallow needling, indeed VERY shallow needling, is better.
Deeper needling may apply to the treatment of conditions where the luo-connecting channel extends to organs (zang-fu) or locations in the trunk or on the head.
All of them are discrete points on the primary channels. However, in the original sense, luo points might lie anywhere along a channel where there was, for example, swelling or 'excess'.
The specific points we now use as luo-connecting points seem to have considerable influence on swellings or strains along their channels, so can be added to assist treatment at 'ahsi' - painful - points.
But they have great influence on how qi functions, in many ways.
The Great luo-connecting channel of the Stomach is said to start in the chest, go through the diaphragm, connect to the lungs and exit or disperse under the left breast. Symptoms in these areas seem to benefit from treatment at Stomach 40.
Bear in mind that the Lung channel commences in the region of the stomach: the Lungs and the Stomach have a very close relationship, to my mind, at least.
1. One way of using these luo-connecting points is in transferring energy from one side of the body to the other.
Tonifying a luo-connecting point on one side of the body and dispersing it on the other can sometimes help to balance the flow of Qi along the channels, by strengthening it on the first side and easing it out on the second.
At least, so it seems to me when it works: it doesn't always! Also, sometimes it works even if just one side is so treated.
2. These Luo-Connecting channels are quite different to the Divergent channels. Although there is some connection between them I've never found it relevant in treating people.
3. Because the luo-connecting channels work at different depths, in treating them with acupuncture it is important to needle to the correct depth and in the correct way. This is quite a big subject, and applies as much to points lying along the primary channel as to the luo-connecting points themselves.
4. Acupuncturists need to be careful not to needle luo-connecting points too deeply when the invading Qi is still at a superficial level. Why? Because, at least in theory, and to a certain extent in my experience, needling one of these luo-connecting points too deeply can push the invader deeper faster - or to put it perhaps a better way, it allows the invader access to deeper levels more easily - when the right treatment might have pushed it out completely.
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