Acupuncture involves the placement of fine, sterile needles at specific acupoints on the body to promote healing and overall health. But why are there needles on your hands and feet if the pain you’re feeling is in your neck? There are areas of the body that may not seem connected to the eye, but when it comes to the body’s energy, or Qi, they most certainly are.

Once an acupuncture needle has been inserted, some people feel a rush of energy around that area of the body — that is called the Qi sensation. Any kind of reaction the body experiences from the needle is a good sign. It means the acupuncture treatment is doing its job.

Let’s talk more about ten of the most common acupuncture points, also known as acupressure points, and what they help to heal.

Gallbladder (GB20) Feng Chi: This point is located where the neck muscles attach to the skull, and is used to treat headaches, migraines, eye blurriness, fatigue and low energy, and cold or flu symptoms. It can also help to lower blood pressure.

Gallbladder (GB21) Jian Jing: Located in the shoulder muscle, this point is used for stress, facial paint, headaches and toothaches, and neck pain. This point should be used with caution on a pregnant patient.

Large Intestine (LI14) He Gu: This is located between the thumb and index finger, and helps treat stress, headaches and toothaches, facial and neck pain, as well as inflammatory and feverish diseases. This point is never to be used on a patient who is pregnant, as it can induce labor.

Liver (LV3) Tai Chong: This is found on the top of the foot, between the first and second toes, and can help balance emotional energy, regulate menstruation, reduce lower back, limb or chest pain and high blood pressure, and treat insomnia, eye disorders and headaches. 

Pericardium (P6) Nei Guan: This is on the inner part of the arm, right above the wrist, and helps with nausea and an upset stomach, motion sickness, anxiety, carpal tunnel syndrome and headaches, and regulates heart palpitations

Spleen (SP6) San Yin Jiao: This is located on the inner side of the leg, above the ankle, and has been known to be very helpful in treating hormonal, urological, pelvic and immune disorders. This point should be avoided on a patient who is pregnant.

Stomach (ST36) Zu San Li: This is found on the front of the leg, below the knee, and is used to treat fatigue, depression, knee pain and digestive disorders. It is also used often by Asians to promote health and longevity.

Heart (HT7) Shen Men: This is on the outside of the wrist, and is useful in the treatment of mental disorders such as absentmindedness, insomnia, hysteria, depression, as well as heart disease and fatigue.

Lung (LU7) Lie Que: This is on the inside of the arm, above the wrist, and is used for upper body treatment, including headaches, stiff neck, asthma, sore throat, facial paralysis and wrist conditions.

Urinary Bladder (BL40) This is found on the back of the knee, and helps treat back and leg pain, hip impairment, muscular atrophy, abdominal pain, and nausea.

These are just a few examples of some of the acupressure points and how they help provide relief for acupuncture patients. If you ever have questions about your treatment, or want to learn more about each of the points, you can always ask your acupuncturist when you come to Integrative Acupuncture for a treatment. Call us today at 561-819-0530 to schedule your appointment.

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