The most powerful acupuncture points for assisting with migraines, headaches, back pain, chronic fatigue, depression, pain relief and inflammatory diseases.
Acupuncture is one of the cornerstones of traditional Chinese medicine. It has been practised for over 5000 years and provides a holistic approach to health and wellbeing. Acupuncture treats the root cause of a wide variety of health conditions and can also be an effective complement to western medicine.
Personally, I think acupuncture is an absolute game-changer. Most notably, it helps me with migraines, stress and digestive issues. After each session, I feel a bit tired but by the following day feeling incredible. Like the fog of the week, just past has been lifted. For anyone, who has a basic understanding of acupuncture and would like to learn about some of the more crucial acupuncture points (or acupoints) in the body, read on!
Acupuncture points: The concept of Qi
Traditional Chinese Medicine believes that ‘Qi’, flows through the body along specific meridian lines creating a framework for insertion of fine acupuncture needles. These needles stimulate different acupuncture points on the body and can access, restore and correct the flow of Qi.
Scientifically speaking, acupuncture points are 15 to 20 micrometres in size and exhibit certain characteristics (such as microvascular densities with bifurcations), not seen in non-acupuncture point areas.
Studies have demonstrated that the position of Qi-based meridians and acupoints across the human body is based on exact science. Most acupuncture practitioners will have a diagram that maps these meridians and acupuncture points in their clinic.
If you’re curious, next time you book an acupuncture appointment with your acupuncture therapist or acupuncturist when your session begins, ask them whether any of the following acupuncture points are suitable for or may assist in the treatment of your condition:
- The Third Eye Point: Reasonably easy to find, this point can be located between your eyebrows, and probably gives you a very different sensation even when you apply pressure with a finger. This point is helpful with headaches and stress. One interesting observation is that it this acupuncture point is useful for managing the symptoms of both chronic fatigue and depression.
- The Tong Zi Liao Point: Located at the outer corner of the eye on either side, the Tong Zi Liao Point is useful for treating migraines, reducing eye fatigue, and treating other eye-related issues. The point is just below each temple and is often the spot on either side of our head we rub when we are stressed or have a headache.
- The Gates of Consciousness Point: Once again twin points, these are located at the rear, upper portion of the neck, just below the skull and approximately just inside a regular hairline. Headaches, migraines, dizziness, are all treated through the Gates. They also release the body’s natural healing and comforting endorphins.
- The Wind Mansion Point: Located just below the Gates, it is a single point in the hollow below the skull and is useful in relieving regular sore throats, and chronic nosebleeds. The Wind Mansion Point also may help in treatment of conditions such as the common cold, flu, and fever. This point may also help in reducing blood pressure.
- The Big Rushing Point: This one is located about 4 cms behind the center point of the big and second toes. Target foot and lower leg cramps, as well as related muscle strains with this acupuncture point. You can also treat chest pain, headaches, and eye disorders through this point.
- The Joining the Valley Point: Situated exactly between the thumb and forefinger, about a quarter-inch away from the edge, this point may alleviate neck pain, aching or frozen shoulders, and even toothache. It also treats overall pain relief and inflammatory diseases.
- The Kunlun Mountains Point: In the very tender and sensitive area between the ankle bone and the Achilles Tendon lies this pressure point. It is proven to alleviate shoulder, back pain as well as help with hormonal and immune disorders.
- The Pericardium Point: On the inner forearm about three fingers from the wrist and right between 2 tendons, this point is used to treat several upper body disorders such as asthma, sore throat, facial paralysis, and wrist conditions. It is also useful when treating heart conditions like heart palpitations and angina pectoris.
- The Three Miles Point: This one is located 4 cms below the knee cap, and is very helpful when treating digestive disorders. It is known to have positively helped the treatment of anemia, immune deficiency, fatigue, and numerous diseases.
- The He-Sea Point: Located behind your knee, this point is used in the treatment of various conditions and ailments such as muscular atrophy, back and leg pain, hip impairment, and abdominal pain, among many others.
Modern studies have effectively mapped acupuncture points on the human body and these acupoints have been used to effectively treat numerous health and wellbeing conditions. Notwithstanding your acupuncture practitioner or acupuncturist must be knowledgeable, skilled, experienced and literally spot-on in terms of their training, expertise, and experience to effectively administer acupuncture and to find the above acupuncture points.