acupuncture points

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ac·u·punc·ture points

(ak'yū-pungk'shŭr poynts)
Points on the body surface at which acupuncture is believed to correct disturbances of energy flow associated with disease.


the Chinese practice of inserting needles into specific points (acupoints) along the 'meridians' of the body and manipulated to relieve the discomfort associated with painful disorders, to induce surgical anesthesia, and for preventive and therapeutic purposes. It is proposed that acupuncture produces its effects by the conduction of electromagnetic signals at a greater-than-normal rate, thus aiding the activity of pain-killing biochemicals, such as endorphins and immune system cells, at specific sites in the body. Studies have also shown that acupuncture may alter brain chemistry by changing the release of neurotransmitters and neurohormones and affecting sensory perception and involuntary body functions. In recent years, the techniques have been adapted for use in veterinary medicine.

acupuncture instruments
includes cups for vacuum creation, needles, hot needles, moxibustion, electronic heating devices, coolant spray, ultrasound, electroacupuncture machines, laser equipment.
acupuncture points
See accumulation points, alarm points, association points, auricular points, diagnostic points, horary points, local points, luo points, sedation points, source points, special action points, tonification points.
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However, in practice there is some overlap of innervation between adjacent dermatomes on patients, and acupuncture points may deviate slightly from known anatomical landmarks.
One such piece of research was that by Langevin and Yandow which mapped acupuncture points in serial gross anatomical sections through the human arm.
5 times ST at the following four acupuncture points of Yang Ling Chuan, Kun Lun, Feng Shih and Cheng Shan as previously described [11].
Once the appropriate acupuncture points have been selected, needles are inserted.
But some have noted that acupuncture points tend to be in close proximity to spots on the body where nerves enter muscle tissue.
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese form of treatment that involves the insertion of fine disposable needles into acupuncture points on the body.
The study gave him the idea that boosting adenosine at acupuncture points, which are located where nerves contact muscle, could be a localized way to treat pain.
Milne explored numerous energy technologies in addition to electrical stimulation that he could apply directly to acupuncture points.
An analysis of acupuncture points using a neurophysiological perspective is lacking, the only Western clinical reasoning for utilisation of points is that of local and distant points.
The traditional acupuncture points were located on the ear, foot, hand, and calf.