Acupuncture points are areas where of energy (qi) on the body. When stimulated by needles, moxa or acupressure have been found to affect the balance and flow of energy in the body.
Each point possesses its own functions the physiology of the point.
Acupuncture points derive their functions from their location, from the channel they belong to, from any special grouping they are part of and from the clinical observations of generations of practitioners.
The twelve main meridians plus two of their eight extra meridians (the Ren mai and Du Mai).
There are also numerous off channel points known as Extra Points.
The size of a point seems to differ according to location, but most points are considering to be only one to three millimeters in diameter.
It would follow that the more accurately one can locate a point, the more effective one’s treatment will be.
Different points have different characteristics, i.e. different effects on their associated meridians and organs. Certain points are known to tonify (supplement) the channel, organ or function others to reduce (sedate) whilst others have a homeostatic (balancing) effect.
There are special groups or categories that are considered important.
- Acu Point Diagrams
- Acu Point Charts
- Shu Points
- Point Designations
- Eight Extra Paths
- Korean Four Point