Acupuncture Channels (Meridians)
Acupuncture Point Charts
- Major Acupuncture Points Chart
Yuan-Source, Luo-Connecting, Xi-Cleft, Five Shu Points, Front Mu, Back Shu, Mother, Child, Entry, Exit, Four Command Points, Hui Meeting Points, and Four Seas Points, all laid out in a matrix for easy reference.
General Acupuncture Information
- Acupuncture Channel (Meridian) Theory
An introduction to the channels (Jing Luo) of traditional Chinese Acupuncture
- The Eight Extraordinary Channels
Ren Mai (Conception Vessel), Du Mai (Governing Vessel), Chong Mai (Thrusting Vessel), Yin Qiao (Yin), Yang Qiao (Yang), Yin Wei, Yang Wei, and the Dai Mai (Girdling, Belt Vessel)
- Circulation of Energy
This cycle is known as the Horary cycle. As the Qi makes its way through the meridians, each meridian in turn, with its associated organ, has a two-hour period during which it is at maximum energy.
- Three Main Circuits of Qi Flow
Qi and blood flow through the channels by way of the Lou (Connecting) points in the order depicted by the green and red arrows in the diagram.
- The Ancient Nine Needle Techniques
There are nine types of needling that can treat the nine different disorders.
- "Miraculous Pivot"
Moxibustion is the method of burning Mugwort (Ai Ye) or other herbs on, around, or above Acupuncture points.
- Warm Needle Technique
Acupuncture Point Categories
- Yuan (Source) Points
Each of the 12 primary channels has a Yuan source point close to the wrists or the ankles where the source Qi is described as surfacing and lingering. In clinical practice, they are important in treating disharmony of the internal Zang-Fu organs, and are often combined with the Luo (Connecting) point of the interior-exterior related channel.
- Luo (Connecting) Points
Each of the 12 channels has a Luo point that links the interior-exterior related pairs of yin and yang channels in order. There are also three additional Luo points; one for the Ren Mai (Conception Vessel), one for the Du Mai (Governing Vessel), and the Great Luo Connecting point of the Spleen. The Luo points establish a system for qi and blood to be circulated throughout the entire body to nourish all tissues and the Zang-Fu organs.
- Xi (Cleft) Points
The Xi points are where the Qi and Blood which has flowed along the surface from the Jing Well points is described as plunging more deeply. Xi Cleft points are indicated generally for acute problems and pain, with the Xi Cleft points on the Yin channels having the added ability to treat blood disorders.
- Hui (Meeting) Points
The Hui points, also called the Eight Influential or Gathering Points are described as having a special effect on their related area; the vessels, blood, bones, Zang, Fu, marrow, sinews, and Qi.
- Xi (Confluent) Points
The Xi points of the eight extraordinary channels are used not only to treat disharmony in the specified extraordinary vessel but also their related primary channel.
- Mu (Front) Points
The Mu or gathering or collecting points are where the Qi of the respective Zang-Fu organs is infused. Located on the abdomen and chest, they are in close to their related Zang-Fu organ, and may tender or sensitive if there is disharmony in the underlying organ.
- Shu (Back) Points
There are 12 Back Shu points on the Bladder channel that correspond to each of the 12 Zang-Fu organs.
- Window of Heaven
Also called Window of the Sky points, these points can be used for rebellious qi and blood between the head and body, goiter and scrofula, emotional disorders, and sense organ disorders.
- Sun Si-Miao Ghost Points
Originally appearing in the Thousand Ducat Formulas by Sun Si-Miao, these points were indicated for mania and epilepsy.
- Gao Wu Command
- Ma Dan-yang Heavenly Star
- The Meeting Points
Main Points Forbidden in Pregnancy
SP-06 | LI-04 | BL-67
Points on the lower abdomen and lower back, especially below L4 at: REN-02