Acupuncture points literally refer to locations on the body where acupuncture treatment is focused. Various acupuncture points are distributed all over our body on the different meridians. These are small areas present on the body that react favorably to certain stimulations. It is believed that we suffer from illness when the natural flow of energy in our body is hindered. Therefore, to recover from the illness, the most important thing is to restore the flow of energy. To do this, acupuncture is most useful.
Many times “basic acupuncture points” refer to more commonly used points and are referred to as “important points”. There are hundreds of acupuncture points in the human body, but some are used much more than others due to the placement of them and their corresponding meridian channels. Some of the basic acupuncture points are in places that are prone to developing blockages so the practitioner can use these places in his treatment and release blocked points, thus improving the condition of the energy channel. Some of the basic acupuncture points are places that commonly accumulate excess energy that needs to be dissipated.
Acupuncture points can be very useful to common people for self-treatment of headaches, migraines and other common illnesses. Many of the basic acupuncture points are useful for people to take a few minutes out of their day and apply pressure to and create relief from an ailment. This can also be a starting point for a person to learn more about the points, meridians and how they affect their health and illnesses.
Basic acupuncture points are also used in other practices such as shiatsu and acupressure. In treatments like these, the practitioner focuses more on the basic points and uses the fingers or hands to manipulate the energy points and flows. These basic and important points are where much of the blockages and excessive energy pools. Working on these points alone can create very effective treatments.
Acupuncture is a very in-depth science and an acupuncturist has to study for years to learn all of the points and channels he needs to know to create successful acupuncture treatments. In practices like shiatsu and acupressure, the practitioner usually only learns the important points or the basic acupuncture points, which can give them the tools to make powerful healing sessions in a shorter amount of time.
Many of the basic acupuncture points are in the wrists, hands, ankles and feet. These are convenient to practitioners when clients just want a basic treatment because the patient can just sit in a chair fully clothed and receive a treatment. Usually, more full treatments involve patients lying on a table and removing or loosening certain parts of the clothing to make various points accessible to the acupuncturist.
Treatments on the basic acupuncture points in the wrists, hands, ankles and feet make it possible for patients to get smaller sessions that only involve a fraction of the time it would take for a full session. This can be good for people who just need a quick check up or follow up from a full session or for people who have less time.
Basic acupuncture points are also powerful tools for a variety of purposes from personal self-treatment to highly professional acupuncture treatments. To find basic acupuncture points look under “important points” in the acupuncture charts.