Acupuncture points are areas of Qi accumulation that are located under the skin and above the muscles. From these points it is possible to regulate the flow of life energy “Qi” in the body. The points are located along the meridians, these are different channels inside of which the Qi flows. In case of complaints, I will manipulate your energy with a thin needle insertion into the appropriate acupuncture point or stimulate it with pressure, electricity, or moxa heat. In this way, I will remove blockages, nourish and strength the blood stream and relieve your complaints.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) knows 365 classical acupuncture points and mark each one of them by meridian name, number, and melodical and meaningful names. For example st36 Zu San Li: This point is translated to “Leg Three Mile” because patients who could not walk were able to trek three miles after their treatment. The acupuncture points are in the same place for all people. About 80 percent of the acupuncture points are in cavities or hollows under the skin. Bundles of fine vessels and nerve fibers are located there, modern examination methods have confirmed this.
In order to find acupuncture points, I locate so-called landmarks of the body. These can be bone protrusions, muscle and tendon attachments, joints, skin folds, the navel, nipples and much more. The points are often located at a certain distance from the landmarks. Then I will use the thumb width of the patient, called Cun, to find the exact position.
There are also electronic search devices for acupuncture points. They make use of the fact that the skin resistance at the acupuncture points is lower than that of the surrounding skin. The devices are not used by experienced acupuncturists.
The acupuncture points are distributed irregularly along the course of the pathways. Short meridians have few acupuncture points, long meridians have many. The meridians are all interlinked. Therefore, sometimes I will place the needle far away from the part of the body that causes the patient discomfort. Each acupuncture point has a meaningful Chinese name. They are also numbered according to the meridians and sometimes grouped together based on common energetic characteristics.
Besides the classical acupuncture points and their different purposes of treatment, that have been found and tested along thousands of years, there are also the so-called Ashi acupuncture points, also called trigger points. Ashi acupuncture points can lie on or next to the meridian and treat mainly musculoskeletal pain problems. Unlike the classical acupuncture points, the number of Ashi points varies from person to person, as they depend on the respective physical condition.
Almost 200 acupuncture points are in the auricle. In ear acupuncture, skin needles can also be used, which are needled with small plasters and can develop their effect over a longer period. Among other things, they are supposed to support weight loss, reduce stress, and reduce the craving for addictive substances.
Skull acupuncture is a comparatively new procedure that was developed in the 1950s. It is primarily intended to help pain and neurological disorders.
The best-known treatment method of acupuncture is the insertion of needles. Especially when acupuncture points are activated on a deep cavity, I stimulate the direction of the energy as I need it. I can reduce or increase energy by twisting it to right or left or by pushing the needle back and forth in different powers. These are the most common procedures. This classical type of acupuncture is risk-free and is designed to stimulate the acupuncture points at their strongest.
Another classical method of TCM is moxibustion. Here, the acupuncture points are warmed with glowing moxa herb. This consists of the dried leaves of Artemisia vulgaris, the mugwort. The resulting heat penetrates deep into the body. This stimulates the circulation of Qi and blood. Some practitioners use a moxa cigar for this purpose, for which sticks of mugwort are rolled into thin paper, Others prefer to burn moxa herb on an acupuncture needle or to use the modern TDP far infrared lamp.
In acupressure, the acupuncture points are stimulated by pressing or gently massaging. An effective and relaxing way to get excellent treatment results and equal balance. Acupressure can be used with or without the needles, for getting the best results it is better to use both techniques together.
Elector-acupuncture is a modern method for activating acupuncture points. This method uses low, electrical current that moves between two points. The pulses induce the energy flow, open stubborn stagnations, and nourish the blood. Beneficial for chronic pain situations, inflammations, fractures, sciatica, and rheumatoid arthritis.