1. First up is Large Intestine 4 (on the hand)
This is one of the most powerful points on the body and probably the most commonly used. Great for any pain or discomfort of the head, inc. ear, nose and throat problems.
It can also be paired with other points to have an even more powerful effect, this is the one we use (along with SP6) to bring on labour when the baby is overdue!
Used with LIV3 it improves the circulation of Qi and Blood, so used for many conditions where stagnation and pain are involved. Its a great relaxation point too.
2. Spleen 6 (on the lower leg)
The Chinese name for this point SanYinJiao, is translated as Three Yin Crossing, this is because at this point 3 of the major Yin channels in the body cross over each other. Yin channels are important for maintaining many of the key functions in our bodies.
This therefore makes SP6 a very powerful and useful point when we are treating someone who needs strengthening.
It can be used for many menstrual conditions, insomnia, dizziness, tinnitus and other Yin deficiency related conditions. The Spleen channel is paired with the Stomach channel so we also use this point for digestive and absorption related conditions. The Spleen rules the Muscles so we use as a support point when treating many muscular skeletal problems. An all round top point!
3. Liver 3 (on top of the foot)
This powerful point helps calm the Liver, clear heat, reduce inflammation and importantly gets things moving, its Chinese name is translated as Great Rushing.
Used with LI4, on both hands and feet, these points together are known as the Four Gates. They are used to move Qi and Blood when there is stagnation, pain or injury. Its uses are basically endless!!
4. Bladder 23 (on the Lower Back)
This point is the most important point when treating lower back pain, though strictly speaking its 4 points as it works best as part of a formula, with BL24, BL52 and GV4. What we find is that many people with lower back pain have what we call, Kidney Yin Deficiency. By using this formula we can strengthen this system and this has amazing effect on back pain, with most people finding significant relief after only a few treatments.
5. YinTang (between the eyebrows)
Last but certainly not least is YinTang. This point is actually what is called an extra point, that is its not classed as being part of the 12 main meridians on the body, though uniquely amongst extra points it does actually lie on a the Governing Vessel meridian!!
Perhaps I should have mentioned this one first, as I often needle this first during a treatment, as it has a significant calming effect. It’s great to use for any stress or anxiety related conditions. It’s great for what’s known as ‘monkey mind’ when you just can’t stop those chattering monkeys in your head!
Call me on 07794 844196 to see if any of these points can help you