Wednesday, April 27, 2011

An Important Acupuncture Notes

Eastern medicine provides us with an alternate way of viewing disease and the nature of our bodies.  Eastern philosophy on medicine is powerful, yet flexible, requiring an art to choosing a particular acupuncture therapy.  No single system (Eastern or Western) holds all the answers.  However I try to put them together to help patients with their physical and mental health.  The basic ideas behind acupuncture have been used for thousands of years to help heal diseases of the mind, body, and spirit.  In my practice I work on patients with a wide variety of problems including depression, back pain, infertility, and cancer.
Disclaimer:  Stuff through the web, like this acupuncture page, shouldn't be a substitute for one on one conversations with your doctor.  So read this for enjoyment and not for medical advice.
These notes are probably very confusing to you if you aren't used to acupuncture.  You would probably only find this interesting if you are an acupuncturist or an acupuncture student.  These are acupuncture gems that I've discovered.  I've written these basically as notes for myself and for sharing with other professional acupuncturists.  Much of these were derived from the Stanford/Helms notes on acupuncture.

Chong Mo background info on this acupuncture curious meridian

  • Balances the internal and external energies
  • The mother of the five yin and six yang organs
  • sea of the twelve principal meridians
  • sea of blood - important role in pelvic and abdominal activities
  • Axis of life vitality.
  • Nourishes all the organs and mieridians: principal, subsystem, and curious.
  • Maintains the body's overall balance of energy flow
  • Indicated in urinary, prostate, uterine, tubal, ovarian disorders, sexual dysfunction, mentrual difficulties and many other gynecologic and obstetric problems, including infertility, development of the embryo and fetus, and labor and delivery.
  • Can be considered the endocrine axis.
  • Works for cold feet, inguinal pain, and lumbar pain that feels deep, especially with radiation to the medial thigh.

Chong Mo acupuncture points

  • SP4 is the Chong Mo master point
  • MH6 is the Chong Mo coupled point
  • KI3 and ST30, KI11-KI27 and all points on Ren Mo (CV) are important reunion points
  • KI1 is cited as the activation point of Chong Mo, but rarely used due to patient's discomfort when needled.

Example of a Chong Mo circuit coupled  with Tai Yang:

  • {SP4, KI3}Negative to {CV3, CV2, ST30}positive, low freq (ie. 2hz)
  • MH6
  • SI3
  • BL60

Plantar Fasciitis / Foot pain Local Treatment

  • GB39 to SP6
  • KI 6 prime to BL62 prime
  • Medial Ba Feng to LR3
  • Lateral Ba Feng to GB41
All 30Hz x 20 minutes

Autonomic Cocktail

For problems of autonomic disregulation:  functional digestive disturbances, stress-related myofascial pain, fibromyalgia, sympathetically maintained pain, trigeminal neuralgia
  • LI4 to ST 36, low freq
  • MH6
  • HT7
  • LR3
  • SP6

ST43 (on the foot)

  • insomnia
  • nightmares
  • nausea


GV20 to GV24.5 @ 2Hz (also used for jet lag, don't do at night; rather do it in the morning)
{HT5, HT7} to LR3 (low freq)
Add big Yang points: SI3, TH5, LI4, GB34, ST36, BL60

Niemtzow Pearls

Ear points for pain:

  • Cingulate Gyrus
  • Thalamus (inside)
  • Omega 2

Smoking Cessation Protocol

Core input:  SP3, GB8, GB18
Manually tonify SP3 or connect in electrical tonification from one foot to the other.  45 minutes or bitter taste in mouth or increased salivation (give bell)
Day 0:  Early morning, core input, no cigarettes since night before
Day 1:  Afternoon session, core input plus symptomatic treatment for agitation, somnolence, or twitching, as necessary.  For persistent cravings, add NADA ear pointsfor addiction:  Shen Men, Sympathetic, LU, KI, ST and/or LR
Days 2-7:  Open door policy for ear points
Day 8:  Core input plus symptomatic treatment
Day 22:  Repeat
5-6 weeks:  Reinforcement visit
Another point for anti-smoking:  Bridge of nose at bony cartilaginous junction bilaterally (GB point on nose reflex map).  Tonify until eyes tear.

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