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Acupressure on SP 6 found helpful for reducing labor pain

Researchers at the Department of Women's and Children's Health within the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm recently looked at reducing labor pain in women with acupressure.  The study randomly divided 71 women into 3 groups - an acupressure group, a light touch group, and a standard medical care group.  As the women were in active labor the treatment groups received acupressure (or light touch) on the acupuncture point SP 6.  SP 6 is contraindicated during pregnancy but is often used for labor promotion when appropriate; it is also helpful for many other conditions although general pain is not a typical use.  This point was selected for its role in a labor promotion which as a byproduct will decrease pain during labor by easing the entire delivery process (from a Chinese Medicine perspective).

Within this study, researchers used bilateral acupressure on SP 6 over a 30 minute period during contractions.  Labor pain was assessed by a visual analog scale before and after acupressure (or light touch) and then at 30, 60 and 120 minute intervals following.  Researchers found a reduction in labor pain within the acupressure group that was most noticeable immediately after treatment.  This may offer a useful tool when an epidural is not desired or not available.

WIthin a clinical setting this point, along with others, would be used for days before the due date to "prep" the body for a successful labor and delivery.  During labor treatment would normally be continued until delivery but this study nonetheless shows an effective response from patients.

SP 6 Acupuncture Point - San Yin Jiao - Spleen Meridian

This important "meeting point" can also be used for pain in the lower leg, and for digestive problems including diarrhea and constipation. Its name comes from the fact that it is where the spleen, liver and kidney meridians meet.

It can be a very sensitive point, especially for women who are pre-menstrual or are having their periods. First, rest your fingers on the area before applying any pressure. When applying pressure, do so slowly and gently, to test.

Finding the Point: This point is on the inside of the lower leg. Find your ankle bone and measure four fingers directly above it. Apply slow and gentle pressure with your thumb (I prefer to use the opposing hand's thumb - so right-hand thumb on left leg as shown in the photo). Start out by holding this point for 15 to 30 seconds. You can increase the time (and pressure) if comfortable.

Repeat on your other leg.

If you have chronic painful periods, you may want to make this a part of your daily routine.




The 24 Points Used in Neurological Dry Needling

The 24 Points Used in Neurological Dry Needling

By John Amaro, LAc, Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM), FIAMA, DC

Acupuncture has shown an incalculable number of developments, styles, and approaches. There are estimated to be in excess of 300 styles of acupuncture practiced around the world today. Today, the acupuncture profession in America and Europe is being directly challenged by the scientific community and a therapy known as "dry needling," which is practiced by medical physicians, physical therapists, nurse practitioners, physicians' assistants and others.

This procedure is a common style of acupuncture using a combination of ah shi points and specific key acupuncture points, all of which are described and referred to by a key point on a specific nerve that has control over a particular body part. They are not referred to by the typical acupuncture meridian numbering system but by the nerve itself, in addition to a new reference system unique to this practice. For example, the point known as "H9 Lateral Antebrachial Cutaneous" is the same identical point an acupuncture practitioner would know as Qu Chi or LI 11.

From a medical perspective, acupuncture as it has been classically and generally applied, is now being re-examined and re-developed. I first heard of "scientific and neurological acupuncture" in the early 1970s after George Ulett, MD, PhD, received a National Institutes of Health research grant in 1972 (the first) to design a study to compare acupuncture and hypnosis. The conclusions were that acupuncture was not hypnosis but works through some neurophysiological mechanism.

Dr. Ulett specifically states: "This method [dry needling] stimulates motor points and nerve junctures. Specific electrical currents induce the gene expression of neurochemicals and activate brain areas important for healing. This is a scientifically based alternative to the metaphysical theories ... of traditional Chinese acupuncture."

Dry needling, or neurological acupuncture, utilizes just 24 specific points, along with points through the sympathetic trunk ganglia chain, which are made up of nerve fibers from the posterior primary rami of the spinal nerves. Acupuncture practitioners are familiar with these as the Hua Tuo Jia Ji points. The procedure also uses as previously mentioned, the ah shi points within the area of involvement. These are referred to as "symptomatic points." As this procedure becomes more popular and patients will approach you for your opinion, it is imperative you be aware of these 24 points, their names and corresponding acupoint name.

These points are referred to as the name of the nerve or by the "H" designation, which stands for "homeostatic." The actual numerical point name used by acupuncture practitioners are not used.

The shoulder comprises four points: Spinal Accessory H3, GB21 Jian Jing; Suprascapular H18, SI11 Tian Zong; Dorsal Scapular H13, SI14 Jian Wai Shu; Lateral Pectoral H17, ST15 Wu Yi.

The upper limb comprises three points: Deep Radial H1, LI 10 Shou San Li; Lateral Ante Brachial H9, LI11 Qu Chi; Superficial Radial H12, LI 4 He Gu.

The back comprises five points: Superior Cluneal H14, Miracle point (Yao Yi) Top of the iliac crest; Posterior Cutaneous (L2) H15, BL23 Shen Shu; Spinal nerve of T7 H20, DU9 Zhi Yang; Posterior Cutaneous of T6 H21, BL16 Du Shu; Posterior Cutaneous of L5 H22, BL26 Guan Yuan Shu.

The lower limb comprises eight points: Saphenous H4, LIV (LR) 8 Qu Quan; Deep Peroneal H5, LIV (LR) 3 Tai Chong; Tibial H6, SP6 San Yin Jiao; Sural H10, BL57 Cheng Shan; Lateral Popliteal H11, BL39 Wei Yang; Inferior Gluteal H16, GB30 Huan Tiao; Iliotibial H18, GB31 Feng Shi; Common Peroneal H24, GB34 Yang Ling Quan.

The head and neck comprise four points: Great Auricular H2, SJ (TE) 17 Yi Feng; Greater Occipital H7, BL10 Tian Zhu; Infraorbital H19, ST2 Si Bai; Supraorbital H23, BL2 Zan Shu.

No practitioner will argue the merits of the above list of 24 points as being extremely significant. Now that it is associated with modern medical neurological explanations it is has become a medically acceptable practice. Dry needling is a procedure which is now established within the country and is growing in popularity amongst medical practitioners daily. I do not believe this procedure will threaten the integrity of those practicing acupuncture. However, acupuncture may be forced to re-examine its historical roots for no other reason than survival in a contemporary, medically aware society. Even though Damp Heat and Wind Cold will always be a viable factor for the traditional acupuncture provider, modern neurology is certainly altering the way many will perform acupuncture in the future.

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Source : Acupuncture Today
November, 2010, Vol. 11, Issue 11





Untuk memacu prestasi olahragawan/wati, Dr. Roger de la Fuye seorang akupunkturis dari Negara Perancis memperkenalkan 14 formula akupunktur. Formula akupunktur untuk olahragawan/wati, yang diperkenalkan oleh Roger menggunakan 2 jenis jarum, yaitu jarum emas dan jarum perak.

Jarum emas berfungsi untuk penguatan, sedang jarum perak untuk pelemahan/dispersi, lebih tepatnya untuk relaksasi otot sehingga akan tercapai keseimbangan kerja otot yang optimum. Penggunaan jarum emas dan perak bisa diganti dengan jarum halus atau Hau Cen. Untuk jarum emas yang dipakai untuk penguatan maka penggunaan jarum halus dengan cara penusukan agar memperoleh efek Pu atau tonifikasi dengan cara menusuk bertahap tetapi mencabut sekaligus dan lama jarum ditinggal kurang dari 10 menit.

Untuk jarum perak yang dipakai untuk pelemahan atau sedasi maka penggunaan jarum halus dengan cara menusuk sekaligus tetapi mencabut sambil digoyang dan lama jarum ditinggal lebih dari 10 menit.

Dari 14 formula Roger ini ada 3 formula utama yang dapat dipakai pada semua jenis olahraga yaitu formula X (titik utama energy fisik), formula XI (titik utama energy moral) dan formula XIV (titik utama ketakutan) (Roger). Formula yang lain dapat diberikan sesuai dengan jenis olahraga. Sebagai contoh, untuk pemain biola yang lebih banyak menggunakan lengan dan fungsi pendengaran maka di samping formula utama yang disebutkan diatas, juga diberikan formula II (titik utama lengan) dan formula XIII (titik utama ketajaman pendengaran). Penusukan sebaiknya dilaksanakan 6-24 jam sebelum pertandingan/aktifitas dimulai.




Teknik Penusukan Empat Titik

Teknik Penusukan Empat Titik

By Dr. Ma

Langkah Pertama:

· Tentukan sistem organ mana yang tidak seimbang.

Langkah Kedua:

· Tentukan apakah ketidakseimbangan tersebut excess (shi) atau deficiency (xu)

Langkah Ketiga:

(untuk sindrom defisiensi)

· Tonifikasi titik horary (pribadi) pada meridian organ ibu.

Horary adalah titik akupunktur yang berunsur sama dengan unsur meridiannya, yakni titik kayu pada meridian kayu, atau titik api pada meridian api, titik air pada meridian air, titik tanah pada meridian tanah.

· Tonifikasi titik unsur organ ibu pada meridian yang dipengaruhi.

· Sedasi titik horary pada meridian organ “pengontrol”.

· Sedasi titik unsur organ pengontrol pada organ yang dipengaruhi.


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Meridian adalah terjemahan dari kata Cing Luo

Cing (meridian) = membujur

Luo (Kolateral) = jala atau jaringan dan mempunyai pengertian melintang

Cing Luo (Meridian dan Kolateral) merupakan saluran dimana Ci dan Darah mengalir.

Cing Luo (Meridian dan Kolateral) merupakan sebuah sistem saluran yang terdiri dari saluran membujur dan melintang yang tersebar di seluruh tubuh bagaikan membentuk sebuah jala yang teratur.

Meridian yang merupakan saluran utama berjalan longitudinal (membujur) di dalam tubuh. Sedangkan kolateral yang merupakan cabang meridian berjalan melintang dan superfisial dari meridian.


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