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Acupuncture Points: Frequently Asked Questions

How many acupuncture points are there?

There are 361 acupuncture points on the classical meridians and hundreds of additional acupuncture points. More points are being discovered each year.

What are acupuncture points?

These were discovered by Chinese doctors thousands of years ago; the points are all over the body and act like tiny switches when, traditionally, very fine needles are applied by acupuncture experts. With the help of modern technology, HealthTouch avoids the use of needles and enables everyone to treat themselves safely and effectively.
Points on the body surface discovered by the ancient physicians which, on puncturing, heating or applying pressure cure or relieve the symptoms of disease. Modern research has shown that there is a lowered electrical resistance at the majority of traditional points and perhaps even biological differences, such as increased oxygen consumption.
Modern science has now shown that these points discovered by Chinese doctors thousands of years ago are magnetic points with very low electrical resistance compared to normal skin (10:1). These points are all over the body and act like tiny switches when stimulated.
These are tiny points located at the skin's surface. Traditionally used by acupuncturists to perform treatments by inserting needles, our method is non invasive with no needles. These points lie along meridians (energy channels) and each one is associated with an organ.

Where are the acupuncture points?

All over! The network of Meridians run from the tips of the toes to the top of the head. However, many of the most frequently used points are on the hands and lower arms, and the feet and lower legs. Jessica will treat points on any body areas that you are sensitive about only if you are completely comfortable with it.

Does Bowen work on meridians or acupuncture points?

While one can see that there are points that are on or very close to acupuncture points, this is not the approach that is taught. Many practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine comment on the moves and their relationship to meridian points, but there is nothing consistent enough to draw comparisons. Tom Bowen drew much of his knowledge from books and an understanding of meridian points seems quite probable.

Where are common acupuncture points located?

Most major acupuncture points are on the arms (from the elbow to the fingers) and on the legs (from the knee down to the toes). There are also major points on the back in the muscles along the spine, and on the abdomen (around the umbilicus). Click here to view an acupuncture chart of all the points .


Acupuncture points are those areas on the skin that have shown to have some influence on pain or body function when stimulated by a needle prick or heat. These points are quite small and exact localization is quite important to attain maximum benefits from a given treatment. Acupuncture points invented over many years of close observance and trial and error. Certain areas of the skin may become painful or tender to the touch in certain conditions and many points found in this way by astute Oriental physicians. ...

What are nerve and acupuncture points?

Nerve or Trigger/Motor points (TP/MP’s) are tiny, tight bundles of nerve endings located throughout our muscles. They become tender when a muscle or a related muscle is injured. These points on the skin display a lowered electrical resistance than the surrounding tissue, and can be precisely identified and stimulated with the ETPS . Traditional acupuncture points lie within a system of bioenergetic pathways called meridians. ...

How are the acupuncture points chosen?

Each point has a specific function and indication. Based on your health history and present symptoms combined with your Chinese Medicine Diagnosis, the appropriate acupuncture points are chosen. The points may be distributed over the entire body.

What else besides the acupuncture points determines the effect of the treatment?

In North America most students learn to treat a patient by matching the condition with prescribed acupuncture points in a textbook. Thus, there are many practitioners who tend to only focus on selection of acupuncture points, and not pay enough attention to other equally (if not more) important variables in providing effective acupuncture. Consistent efficacy cannot be expected by simply inserting needles at specific points in the body. ...
In North America most students learn to treat a patient by matching the condition with the prescribed acupuncture points in the textbook. Thus, there are many practitioners who tend to only focus on selection of acupuncture points, and not pay enough attention to other equally (if not more) important variables to provide effective acupuncture. Consistent efficacy cannot be expected by simply inserting needles at specific points in the body. ...
The needling technique which is used is very important. In our system, we use very fine needles and very subtle painless insertion. Studies have shown that this method produces the most beneficial effect on the autonomic nervous system. We also use direct moxabustion treatment. The timing of the acupuncture treatments is also important. Generally speaking one or two visits per week are recommended throughout the menstrual cycle. During the ovulation period we may require an additional visit.

Are acupuncture points easy to locate?

As the photonic torch stimulates the skin about the size of a quarter in diameter, locating the PRECISE point is not an issue. The books contained in the kits provide diagrams displaying the location of the points. The human book also provides a written medical description of each point. The human laminated chart provides a layman's description of point locations. Will I feel anything? The light itself does not create any sensation. However, the body responds to meridians opening. ...

How many acupuncture points are used during a treatment?

This is a very difficult question as practitioners will often use different techniques depending on the condition. A general acupuncture treatment will require anywhere between 2 and 20 points, however in a recent survey most acupuncturists said 10-12 points was the average.

Are "trigger" and 'acupuncture" points the same points?

Acupuncture points are defined by anatomical location using a standard "CUN" measurement which is specific to the patient's body size. Trigger points are locations which show defining electrical characteristics. It is not unusual though for the terms to be used interchangeably and clincially can produce positive results when used with electrical stimulation.

Why do my acupuncture points and herbal prescriptions keep changing every week?

TCM treats both the symptoms and underlying cause of your disorder at the same time. As your symptoms improve or change, both acupuncture points and herbs need to be adjusted. You may find that some acupuncture points tend to be the same, and some herbs seem to be a part of every formula from week to week. These points and herbs may be the ones used to address the underlying cause of your disorder. In addition, TCM is a very individualized practice of medicine. ...

Why are this week’s treatment (acupuncture points or herbs) different than before ?

The treatment is different because it has to follow the body changes. TCM treatment is a process of series of steps and strategies as the body itself and disease development are all complex mechanisms. Each time patient return for another visit, Dr. Men will evaluate the body’s progress and decide to proceed her next treatment step or remain the same.

What is the significance for placing the herbal quilted pads over the acupuncture points?

Organs communicate through energy canals (meridians): according to TCM organs, musculature, skin, nerves, and the cardiovascular system correspond and interact with each other via the meridian system through which they stay connected. If an organ fails or is damaged, all other organs in that organ’s area are also affected. The affected segment can be identified through irritated skin, irritability, lameness, muscle or cardiovascular disease. (Also refer to: Traditional Chinese Medicine TCM)

Can the Acuspark be used on Acupuncture and Acupressure points on the body?

Absolutely. Its inventor, Dr. Art Chambers, was given an award by the International Acupuncture Society, and the Acuspark has been called "Acupuncture without the puncture". Also very effective are the Chapman Neurolymphatic reflex points, which are believed by many to be the energy junctions connecting the Nervous System, Lymphatic System (cleaning & immunity), the acupuncture meridians and muscles.

Are the acupuncture points different after an insemination, IVF, or donor-egg transfer than before?

Your acupuncturist should not place needles in the abdomino-pelvic area after insemination or transfer. There are 6 contraindicated acupuncture points which should be avoided when the patient is pregnant or pregnancy is suspected. These include Gallbladder 21, Stomach 12, Large Intestine 4, Spleen 6, Bladder 60, Bladder 67 and any points on the lower abdomen.

Can a person use Chigong to heal others without knowing the precise layout of the meridians and acupuncture points?

Yes. It is not necessary to know the precise location of the maridians and acupuncture points to heal people.

Do people who have the same condition as me take the same herbs and receive the same acupuncture points?

They may and may not have the same treatments as you do. Again, Dr. Men gives treatment according to her differentiation of each individual’s condition. A person’s constitution, pattern of the condition and onset time are all the factors attributing to TCM differentiation. TCM has a saying, “same disease is given different treatments, and one treatment can treat different diseases”.

What can I expect from an Acupuncture treatment at Points of Origin?

Traditional Chinese Medicine seeks to determine and treat the deeper underlying causes of your condition. The diagnostic procedure involves a detailed discussion of your chief concerns, medical history, and health goals. We ask detailed questions (perhaps ones you have never been asked) to gain important insights into your unique physiological constitution, then we design a treatment that will address the acute symptoms (such as pain) as well as the cause of the symptoms. ...
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