The development of the system of points began with stimulating areas of the body which were uncomfortable. Because there were no specific locations for the points, they had no names. After a long period of observation of cause and effect certain points became identified with specific diseases. As this correlation became established, names were assigned to individual points. Eventually these points were integrated into the Channel System which grouped points with similiar functions.
So, by the year 300 AD, 95% of the acupuncture points known today had been represented systematically along 14 channels or meridians. Twelve of these channels are named after internal organs, eg. liver, gall bladder, heart, stomach, etc as shown on pages 16 and 17. The remaining two, the conception and governing channels are also shown.
More points were subsequently discovered which didn't conform to this system and these are called miscellaneous or off channel points.
The Ah-Shi (ah-yes) point, the 3rd type of point described with traditional acupuncture is the name given for what amounts to a trigger point. They are sites of the body which are spontaneously tender when disease or injury occurs. Their locations are not fixed.
Successful treatment with point stimulation utilizes a combination of all 3 types of points according to the condition. A few points are commonly used in many conditions whilst many are rarely used except perhaps by the most experienced acupuncturist.
For any one treatment session, a combination of usually 4 points at maximum are used. It is most desirable to use the minimum number of points possible.
In the treatment section which follows, the most commonly used points for each condition are recommended. Often there may also be supplementary points which with experience may also prove effective. A minimum of 3 or 4 hours should be allowed between each treatment as more frequent treatments will result in the body developing a tolerance to the acupuncture effect in the same way that it does to some drugs when taken continuously.
The intention of this book is to provide an introduction to the ancient art of acupuncture and a guide to the treatment of some common conditions using an energy point stimulator rather than needles.
This stimulation of energy or Acupuncture points should not be viewed as a substitute for orthodox medicine but as a complimentary therapeutic option. One's usual medical adviser should continue to play that role and always be consulted if in any doubt.
The channels (or meridians) referred to earlier are shown in the diagrams on the following pages.
The twelve regular channels are:-
|Lung Channel||points listed as L..|
|Large Intestine Channel||points listed as Ll..|
|Stomach Channel||points listed as St..|
|Spleen Channel||points listed as Sp..|
|Heart Channel||points listed as H..|
|Small Intestine Channel||points listed as Sl..|
|Urinary Bladder Channel||points listed as UB..|
|Kidney Channel||points listed as K..|
|Pericardium Channel||points listed as P..|
|Sanjiao Channel||points listed as SJ.. (This is also known as the Triple Warmer or Triple Energizer, Channel abbreviated as TW or sometimes T.|
|Gall Bladder Channel||- points listed as GB..|
|Liver Channel||- points listed as Liv..|
All of these channels are paired - that is they are present on both sides of the body, left and right and points can both be used. In the diagrams where a point is shown on one side of the body a corresponding point exists on the other side of the body. The two extra channels are known as:-
Governor Vessel or Du Channel - points listed as GV.. Conception Vessel or Ren Channel - points listed as CV..
These are unpaired channels - they run down the mid-line of the body, one on the front and one on the back.
1) As with all devices and products to be used on or by people, for a
professional medical advice should always be sought prior to use.
2) If an electronic point stimulator is used it is especially recommended
that persons with
pacemakers ensure specialist medical advice is obtained.
3) During pregnancy it is considered important to avoid strong stimulation
of a number of
points. Some textbooks recommend no stimulation of any points during pregnancy due
to the risk of disturbing a pregnancy and causing a miscarriage. Morning sickness has
been treated effectively, however seek specialist medical advice prior to commencing