Function Of Acupuncture Points - Types Of Points

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Overview of acupuncture point function in traditional Chinese medicine


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  • 1. 

    You are treating a Wood CF.  To tonify the wood by pulling energy from the mother element you would use the following points. 

    • A.

      Liv 1, GB41 - wood points

    • B.

      Liv 2, GB38 - fire points

    • C.

      Liv 3, GB 34 - earth points

    • D.

      Liv 4, GB44 - metal points

    • E.

      Liv 8, GB43 - water points

    Correct Answer
    E. Liv 8, GB43 - water points
    Explanation
    water is the mother of wood.

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  • 2. 

    You are treating a Wood CF.  To sedate the wood by pushing energy from the mother (wood) element into the child you would use the following points. 

    • A.

      Liv 1, GB41 - wood points

    • B.

      Liv 2, GB38 - fire points

    • C.

      Liv 3, GB 34 - earth points

    • D.

      Liv 4, GB44 - metal points

    • E.

      Liv 8, GB43 - water points

    Correct Answer
    B. Liv 2, GB38 - fire points
    Explanation
    fire is the child of wood

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  • 3. 

    You are treating a Wood CF.  For extra tonification at the wood time, according to the Chinese clock you would use the following points:

    • A.

      Liv 1, GB41 - wood points

    • B.

      Liv 2, GB38 - fire points

    • C.

      Liv 3, GB 34 - earth points

    • D.

      Liv 4, GB44 - metal points

    • E.

      Liv 8, GB43 - water points

    Correct Answer
    A. Liv 1, GB41 - wood points
  • 4. 

    You are treating a Wood CF.  If you were treating in the autumn, as a seasonal adjustment, you might choose the following points:

    • A.

      Liv 1, GB41 - wood points

    • B.

      Liv 2, GB38 - fire points

    • C.

      Liv 3, GB 34 - earth points

    • D.

      Liv 4, GB44 - metal points

    • E.

      Liv 8, GB43 - water points

    Correct Answer
    D. Liv 4, GB44 - metal points
    Explanation
    metal points of wood channels

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  • 5. 

    At the Jing-Well points the qi:

    • A.

      Bubbles (dynamic and superficial)

    • B.

      Starts to flourish (excellent points for clearing heat)

    • C.

      Flourishes

    • D.

      Increases in abundance

    • E.

      Runs into the sea (heads deeper into the interior)

    Correct Answer
    A. Bubbles (dynamic and superficial)
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "bubbles (dynamic and superficial)". At the Jing-Well points, the qi is said to bubble up, which refers to its dynamic and superficial nature. These points are known for their ability to clear heat from the body. The term "bubbles" suggests a movement and activity at these points, indicating that the qi is not stagnant but rather flowing in a lively manner.

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  • 6. 

    At the Ying-Spring points the qi:

    • A.

      Bubbles (dynamic and superficial)

    • B.

      Starts to flourish (excellent points for clearing heat)

    • C.

      Flourishes

    • D.

      Increases in abundance

    • E.

      Runs into the sea (heads deeper into the interior)

    Correct Answer
    B. Starts to flourish (excellent points for clearing heat)
    Explanation
    The Ying-Spring points are the first acupuncture points along the meridians. These points are known for their ability to clear heat from the body. When the qi "starts to flourish" at these points, it means that the energy begins to circulate more freely and become more abundant. This increased flow of qi helps to clear heat from the body, making these points excellent for treating conditions associated with heat, such as fever or inflammation.

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  • 7. 

    At the Shu-Stream points the qi:

    • A.

      Bubbles (dynamic and superficial)

    • B.

      Starts to flourish (excellent points for clearing heat)

    • C.

      Flourishes

    • D.

      Increases in abundance

    • E.

      Runs into the sea (heads deeper into the interior)

    Correct Answer
    C. Flourishes
    Explanation
    At the Shu-Stream points, the qi "flourishes". This means that the energy or life force in the body becomes more active and vibrant at these points. It indicates that these points are particularly effective for clearing heat in the body and promoting overall well-being. The term "flourishes" suggests a state of growth and abundance, indicating that the qi at these points is strong and increasing in intensity. It is also mentioned that the qi "runs into the sea", which implies that it moves deeper into the interior of the body, further enhancing its effects.

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  • 8. 

    At the Jing-River points the qi:

    • A.

      Bubbles (dynamic and superficial)

    • B.

      Starts to flourish (excellent points for clearing heat)

    • C.

      Flourishes

    • D.

      Increases in abundance

    • E.

      Runs into the sea (heads deeper into the interior)

    Correct Answer
    D. Increases in abundance
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "increases in abundance". At the Jing-River points, the qi refers to the vital energy in Traditional Chinese Medicine. These points are located where the qi of the meridian starts to flow more deeply into the body. The term "increases in abundance" suggests that the qi becomes more abundant and plentiful at these points, indicating a strengthening and deepening of the energy flow.

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  • 9. 

    At the He-Sea points the qi:

    • A.

      Bubbles (dynamic and superficial)

    • B.

      Starts to flourish (excellent points for clearing heat)

    • C.

      Flourishes

    • D.

      Increases in abundance

    • E.

      Runs into the sea (heads deeper into the interior)

    Correct Answer
    E. Runs into the sea (heads deeper into the interior)
    Explanation
    The He-Sea points are specific acupuncture points on the body where the qi, or energy, starts to flow deeper into the interior of the body. These points act as gateways for the qi to enter the internal organs and systems. The phrase "runs into the sea" signifies that the qi is moving further into the body, indicating a deeper level of healing and balance.

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  • 10. 

    Luo-Connecting Points are "safe points" that are often used initially to "test" the CF, and may be used to support other treatments (such as treating spirit points). 

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Yuan-Source points fulfil this role

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  • 11. 

    The following is true about Luo-Connecting Points:

    • A.

      They connect the yin and yang organs (e.g. Heart and Small Intestine)

    • B.

      They link together from the luo-connecting point of the Heart to the luo-connecting point of the Small Intestine

    • C.

      They link together from luo-connecting point of one channel to the yuan-source point of its pair

    • D.

      They connect to the luo superficial channels, and for this reason can be useful for treating pain in the channel, external invasions (Lu7, TB5) and qi/blood stagnation

    • E.

      They connect to the deep pathways of the channels

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. They connect the yin and yang organs (e.g. Heart and Small Intestine)
    C. They link together from luo-connecting point of one channel to the yuan-source point of its pair
    D. They connect to the luo superficial channels, and for this reason can be useful for treating pain in the channel, external invasions (Lu7, TB5) and qi/blood stagnation
    Explanation
    Luo-Connecting Points serve multiple functions in the body. Firstly, they connect the yin and yang organs, such as the Heart and Small Intestine, allowing for communication and coordination between these organs. Additionally, they link together from the luo-connecting point of one channel to the yuan-source point of its pair, facilitating the flow of energy and promoting balance. Furthermore, they connect to the luo superficial channels, making them effective in treating pain in the channel, external invasions, and qi/blood stagnation. These functions make Luo-Connecting Points important in maintaining the overall health and harmony of the body.

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  • 12. 

    The following is true of Xi-Cleft points

    • A.

      They are safe points, used early on in treatment to "test" the CF

    • B.

      They are places where qi accumulates and gathers, and may be diagnostically tender.

    • C.

      They are mostly used for chronic conditions

    • D.

      They are mostly used for acute conditions

    • E.

      They often treat bleeding and pain

    Correct Answer(s)
    B. They are places where qi accumulates and gathers, and may be diagnostically tender.
    D. They are mostly used for acute conditions
    E. They often treat bleeding and pain
    Explanation
    Xi-Cleft points are specific acupuncture points where qi accumulates and gathers, and they may be tender when diagnosed. These points are commonly used for acute conditions and are effective in treating bleeding and pain. They are not typically used for chronic conditions.

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  • 13. 

    The following is true about back-shu points: 

    • A.

      They are found on the back, 1.5 cun from the midline, on the Bladder channel

    • B.

      They tonify the Organs (especially the Yang aspect of the Yin organs).

    • C.

      They can be used to expel pathogenic factors (especially Bl 12 and 13 where wind-cold is said to enter the body).

    • D.

      They can be used to sedate excess patterns.

    • E.

      They become tender when the corresponding Organ is diseased.

    • F.

      They affect the associated sense organs, e.g. Bl 18 – eyes.

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. They are found on the back, 1.5 cun from the midline, on the Bladder channel
    B. They tonify the Organs (especially the Yang aspect of the Yin organs).
    C. They can be used to expel pathogenic factors (especially Bl 12 and 13 where wind-cold is said to enter the body).
    D. They can be used to sedate excess patterns.
    E. They become tender when the corresponding Organ is diseased.
    F. They affect the associated sense organs, e.g. Bl 18 – eyes.
    Explanation
    wow - is there anything back-shu points don't do. They are powerful points for strenghtening deficiency, and have a long lasting effect.

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  • 14. 

    Front-Mu points become diagnostically tender.  They can be used for deficiency or excess conditions, and are especially good for treating yang deficiency, being on the front of the body. 

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Front-Mu points become diagnostically tender. They can be used for deficiency or excess conditions, and are especially good for treating YIN deficiency, being on the front of the body.

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  • 15. 

    The Lower He-Sea points are used to treat the Fu organs: St 36: Stomach, St 37: Large Intestine, St 39: Small Intestine, GB 34: Gall Bladder, Bl 40: Bladder,Bl 39: Triple Burner

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The Lower He-Sea points are acupuncture points that are believed to have a strong effect on the corresponding Fu organs in Traditional Chinese Medicine. St 36 is the Lower He-Sea point for the Stomach, St 37 for the Large Intestine, St 39 for the Small Intestine, GB 34 for the Gall Bladder, Bl 40 for the Bladder, and Bl 39 for the Triple Burner. Therefore, it is true that the Lower He-Sea points are used to treat the Fu organs.

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  • 16. 

    YinTang is an extra point, located between the eyebrows, and used mostly for calming the shen. 

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    YinTang is indeed an extra point located between the eyebrows. It is commonly used in acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine for calming the shen, which refers to the spirit or mind. This point is believed to help reduce stress, anxiety, and promote relaxation. Therefore, the statement "YinTang is an extra point, located between the eyebrows, and used mostly for calming the shen" is true.

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  • 17. 

    Which of the following statements are true of ahshi points:

    • A.

      They have a fixed location

    • B.

      They are found through palpation and have no fixed location

    • C.

      They are commonly used to treat pain, along with local and distal points

    • D.

      They can be used to treat organ deficiency

    • E.

      Ahshi literally means "ah yes, thats it!"

    Correct Answer(s)
    B. They are found through palpation and have no fixed location
    C. They are commonly used to treat pain, along with local and distal points
    E. Ahshi literally means "ah yes, thats it!"
    Explanation
    Ahshi points are found through palpation and do not have a fixed location. These points are commonly used in acupuncture to treat pain, along with local and distal points. The term "ahshi" literally means "ah yes, that's it!" which refers to the practitioner's recognition of the tender or sensitive point upon palpation. These points may not correspond to traditional acupuncture meridians and can vary from person to person.

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