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How to choose acupuncture points


By Dr. Yang Zhao-ming

How to choose acupuncture point for acupuncture treatment? It should be based on the TCM diagnosis. The TCM diagnosis determines which points should be used, and which way to handle the needles (supplying or depleting).

It has been introduced in TCM bible level books the principles to decide the acupuncture points that should be used in each and different clinic conditions. Here I share some of my clinic experience.

(1). For weakness condition, choose points that is higher than the diseased position in the body and for extra condition, choose the points that is lower than the diseased position. For example, for kidney deficiency, choose acupuncture points mostly above the level of naval. For blood accumulation syndrome in urinary bladder, choose acupuncture points below the urinary bladder.

(2). For new disease, choose the acupuncture points that are located in the far extreme of the body, such as on hands or feet. For old disease, choose the acupuncture points that are close to stem of the body, such as back or front of chest and stomach.

(3). For disease that is “mobile”, choose the acupuncture points that are in the far extreme of the body (the hands or feet). For disease that is “quite”, choose the points that are close to the diseased location. In clinic, Qi stagnation or Qi accumulation syndrome shows sometimes pain is here and sometimes there (mobile) and sometime cause noise and sometime is quiet (such as stomach spasm). Quiet disease means that it has fixed location of pain and not mobile to other place from time to time.

(4). Each meridian has its own “Root” point and “Tie” point. Every acupuncturist should know this. I am sure most of the acupuncture students do not know this from their text book, although it has been indicated in TCM old bible that this is very important. For acute disease, choose the root point and for chronic trouble, choose the tie point of the related meridian.