Some Practical Acupuncture Points

Posted by on Mar 1, 2010 in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) | 12 Comments

Some forms of acupuncture can be practiced anyone, not just by specialist. Whether for healing or as part of your health regime, you can do acupressure at home. But there are three hundreds sixty-five acupuncture points. Remembering where they are and how to use them is not easy, even for a trained acupuncturist.

I recently bought a three book set called “The Secrets of the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Health Regime.” The author is Dr. Wu Guo Jong. He is a TCM doctor working in Beijing, China. In the book he mentioned using some acupuncture points as part of an everyday health regime. I think what he suggests is easy and useful for everybody, so I would like to share them with you.
1. LI 4 Acupuncture Point – He Gu – Large Intestine Meridian
Chinese Name: He Gu “
English Name: Union Valley
Location: On the dorsum(back) of the hand, approximately at the midpoint of the second metacarpal bone, in the belly of the first interosseus dorsalis muscle. (between your thumb and first finger)
Contraindication: Do Not Needle If Pregnancy is known or suspected

Actions & Effects:
Releases the exterior for wind-cold or wind-heat syndromes
Strengthens the wei qi, improves immunity
Regulates the sweat glands, for excessive sweating tonify LI 4 then disperse KD 7 and vice versa.
Any problem on the face – sense organs, mouth, teeth, jaw, toothache, allergies, rhinitis, hay fever, acne, eye problems, etc.
Toothache, use both LI 4 & ST 44 – LI for the lower jaw & ST for the upper jaw.
Headache, especially frontal and/or sinus (yangming) area.
Chronic Pain.
Influence the circulation of Qi and Blood – Use the four gates, LI 4 & LV 3 to strongly move the Qi and Blood in the body clearing stagnation and alleviating pain.
Promote labor or for retained placenta.
Use your thumbs to press your He Gu point. Then, using medium force and speed, rub in tiny circles for two to three minutes.

2. PC 6 Acupuncture Point – Nei Guan – Pericardium Meridian
Chinese Name: Nei Guan “
English Name: Inner Pass
Location: On the anterior forearm (inner wrist), 2 cm superior to the transverse wrist crease, between the tendons of palmaris longus and flexor carpi radialis muscles (in the middle of your inner arm).

Actions & Effects:
Similar to PC 3, but more for Chronic Heart symptoms from Qi stagnation.
Opens and relaxes the chest, chest tightness, asthma, angina, palpitations.
Insomnia a/or other spirit disorders of an excess or deficient nature, mania, nervousness, stress, poor memory.
Nausea, seasickness, motion sickness, vomiting, epigastric pain.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Use your thumb to press your Nei Guan point. Then, using medium force and speed, rub in tiny circles for two minutes. Do once on the morning and once on the evening.

3. UB 40 Acupuncture Point – Wei Zhong – Bladder Meridian
Chinese Name: Wei Zhong “
English Name: Bend Middle
Location: At the midpoint of the popliteal fossa (behind the knee).

Actions & Effects:
As the Lumbar Command Point, useful for all lumbar related issues: acute low back pain, sprain, muscle spasms, etc.
Main point for heat conditions such as summer heat, heatstroke and heat exhaustion.
Main point for all skin related issues: itching, oozing, inflammation, etc.
Good local point for leg and/or knee pain.

Put your foot on the low chair. Use your middle finger to press your Wei Zhong point. Then, using medium force and speed, rub in tiny circles for two to three minutes.

4. ST 36 Acupuncture Point – Zu San Li – Stomach Meridian
Chinese Name: Zusanli “
English Name: Leg Three Li
Location: On the leg, one finger breadth lateral to the tibia’s anterior crest, 3 cm inferior to ST 35 in the depression to the lateral side of the patella.

Actions & Effects:
Tonifies deficient Qi a/or Blood.
Tonifies Wei Qi.
All issues involving the Stomach a/or the Spleen.
Clears disorders along the course of the channel – breast problems, lower leg pain.
Earth as the mother of Metal – will support Lung function in cases of asthma, wheezing, dyspnea.
Psychological/Emotional disorders – PMS, depression, nervousness.
Use your thumbs to press your Zu San Li point. Then, using strong force and slow speed, rub in tiny circles for two minutes.

These four acupuncture points can be stimulated once or twice a day. Try to do both sides. After two weeks you should be able to feel an improvement in your health problem

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  1. Chiropractic San Francisco
    July 7, 2010

    Good tips for acupuncturists and for those who want to try acupuncture. Always good to know where those points are.

  2. Giles Watts
    November 29, 2010

    Yes. It is useful to know some good acupuncture points, for acupressure – and very good to see how as well as where to massage them.

  3. Chinese Medicine Clinic
    December 17, 2010

    Acupuncture is definitely making a role in medicine and we are the ones who will definitely benefit a lot from it. I am really inspired with your post.

  4. Sweating
    January 11, 2011

    It should be performed correctly and also it is dangerous if the patient has a bleeding disorder.

    However, in my opinion it is a useful alternative for patients who do not want to take pain medications.

  5. acupuncture in leeds
    January 20, 2011

    If i could add a point that there is a need for jargon free point actions to be listed . For example – those who do not know what ‘tonify spleen’ means – it means benefit digestion . . . If you want to find more try yin yang house -

  6. Dr. Scott Brown
    June 8, 2011

    Great demo and explanation with pictures. Keep up the good work!

  7. Acupuncture
    August 9, 2011

    had been trained in the technique Their anxiety was measured before the acupuncture,thanks more power to all blogger.

  8. Aiping Fulepp
    October 7, 2011

    Acupuncture is and can be very helpful to all of these problems to any person who understands the actual process of Acupuncture. The process of energy (higher power) transmition through your meridians into your organs which is only achieved with good position. What is good position? Eat healthy, avoid stress, alchohol, drugs, behave properly, be peaceful and so on… Only then can Acupuncture really help a person.

  9. kalpana
    November 24, 2011

    i want shoulder poin back pain stomach poin i wait acupressure point

  10. christiaan
    February 25, 2012

    thank you for your valuable posts.

  11. nelson chen
    April 25, 2012

    Very good and helpful post! As I put in my post that everyone actually is the best doctor for themselves and everyone should good take care of themselves, I really hope everyone knows those knowledge and put them into practice and benefit from it.

  12. Deb
    January 30, 2013

    I am interested in more acupuncture sites for depression. Also acupuncture for weight management. Can you recommend a book?


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