A SAFE HARBOR IN SELF-HELP TREATMENT
Smart people usually are our mentors…or should be. They would be the people most apt to be aware of the best of the best. These are thought leaders in our families or communities. The first to use that which will provide the best for their lives, providing better health and longevity. Now, you can be included in the “smart people” and the best informed. Today…you will learn all about your body’s inborn intelligence.
Few are aware, let alone use, the power of specific body sites, that when treated, can unlock one’s inborn healing mechanisms. We call these sites, “SMARTACUPOINTS™”. To have access to the SMARTACUPOINTS™ body maps one simply joins our Patient Member Association (PMA). It is our no fee, on-line family of members. Once a member you will have access to our “virtual” Chinese Medicine site. We are very proud to present this “first of its kind”, personalized self-help site. A healing destination utilizing the ancient wisdom and knowledge of the very learned Chinese.
First, one needs to know that the ancient Greeks were well aware that some things in nature can function as “both”. In Chemistry, for instance, some substances can react as an “acid” as well as a “base” which are distinct opposites. They are “amphoteric”. Accepting this scientific fact, we can move to the wisdom of the ancient Chinese that also found this fact to be a truth. In this treatise we bring to the reader the unusual but important location of “amphoteric” points. Points one can access and self-treat for profound change in their body. Importantly, this unique characteristic allows us to approach self-treatment safely!
Self- help books have been written through the annals of time…and usually have to provide “warnings” of potential harm that can occur when one follows their presentation. With our presentation of SMARTACUPOINTS™, we have no need for any warning or concern! All of these points are safe to self-treat. Yes---they are “amphoteric”. That means when a “smart point” is treated, the body will use the stimulation to either increase or decrease the energy needed to improve the health status of the individual. They are few in number. In contrast, the vast majority of the energy points (acupuncture points) are numerous and require very specific care in determining a correct treatment. This site is dedicated to being an aid to those who either cannot find, cannot afford, or have been thwarted in finding help in the complicated web of health care. Welcome to our ‘Safe Harbor’.
NAMES AND LOCATIONS…THREE SITES OF ACCESS
- Alarm Points (On the abdomen)
- Source Points (Around the ankles and wrists)
- Associated Points (On the back)
The next question becomes a ‘which are better?’ Answer. They all carry equal value in making that choice. One can quickly understand how the Associated points, which are located along the spine, may not be the best choice for self-help…unless one has a partner. The other ACU-SmartPoints™ are on the abdomen, wrists and ankles and are far more appropriate for self-help. The ankle/wrist points are known as “Source” Points and the abdominal points are “Alarm Points”.
ALARM POINTS (also known as MU points)
Usually, when one firmly touches Alarm points, there will be a level of hyper sensitivity. Not ccq1 always…but usually. In this regard, The Chinese often use the SENSITIVITY of each Alarm point to diagnose what system of the body needs attention. The Alarm points are named by acupuncture “meridian” number…example CV12. That is a geographic location on the human map. The “roads” on the map are called “meridians”. Along the meridian road maps are “dots” or “points”…like towns on a highway map. These points are specific acupuncture/acupressure energy sites. Sites that each have a special responsibility to govern tissue in that immediate area. Alarm points are more diverse in their influence in the body. They govern the immediate area plus they can be touched to grade sensitivity. Such testing is a major diagnostic procedure of Chinese Medicine. All of the alarm points are tested, either manually or with electric instruments, to grade them as to their current energy status.
The most tender and reactive points signal where the practitioner or self-treating person need pay attention. When selected and stimulated the alarm points have a profound effect on the organ with which it is identified. Invariably, when an alarm point is very “hot”…sensitive…it usually indicates a special need for attending the organ identified with it. Consistent with our term “amphoteric”…we can safely treat that point. (Remember…these points will automatically balance the energy within that meridian and organ….regardless of it being in an excess (hyper) state or deficient (hypo) in energy.
Alarm points are either singular and dual in nature. This is a point of importance. The Conception Vessel (CV) meridian (also known as the Ren meridian) reveals the greatest number of Alarm points). For instance there is a single point for evaluating the stomach CV12 (“Ren 12”) as well as the urinary bladder CV3 (“Ren 3”) but two points for testing the large intestine ST 12 (“Ren 12”) and kidney, (GB 25) So---when evaluating the kidney or large intestine ( colon), for instance, we need test both the right and left alarm points.
Often when evaluating such a dual system… one alarm point will be more sensitive. That could signal one may have an issue in just that kidney. This may be as simple as a “cold” in the kidney. Yes---you can have a cold in your kidney just like you can have a cold in your lung. Many a back pain was improperly diagnosed as a “muscle spasm” or spinal problem when in fact it is a cold (or something more serious) in the kidney that need be treated! This is why diagnosticians should be trained in Chinese Medicine to best prepare a doctor to be more accurate in their diagnostic decisions. When testing the stomach or bladder we need test but 1 site, (single alarm point). It doesn’t take long and one becomes aware of the number, location and nature of these points.
A word about “excess” and “deficiency”. An organ or its connected meridian is in excess when the energy within is too high. Likewise, the deficient organ and its meridian is too low in energy.
Chinese Medicine is always striving to keep balance in the energy systems of the body. Keeping one’s energy perfectly balanced is what the learned call “homeostasis” Keeping that perfect balance in Chinese Medicine is the magic of good health. An Interesting aside. In ancient times the Chinese doctors (“barefoot doctors”) received payment only when the patient was well. Homeostasis was rewarded because the individual enjoyed robust health. Imbalance brought illness and the doctor was NOT rewarded. This is Just the reverse of the typical health care delivery system in our world today. Good food for thought as countries and their respective health care industry look to the future of their health care delivery systems.
Review the Alarm points and touch some of them so get a sense of their response compared to the Source points on the ankle and wrist. There is more sensitivity in the Alarm points. Practicing touch on one’s body can be helpful to better self-help results downstream.
These points are so named in that they are usually accessed electronically to access the energy state of the meridian associated with its location. They are named by organ. They are all paired. There are 6 points on each wrist and 6 points on each ankle. There are two sites…right and left…for each organ system. They have specific effects on the immediate tissue of their location but again are “amphoteric” and can be safely treated regardless of the energy status within the meridian. If it is in a state of excess or deficiency…stimulating the point will work to balance the energy within. Truly a remarkable win-win situation. All of the SMARTACUPOINTS™ have this wonderful quality.
Source points are not as sensitive nor become “hot” like the Alarm and Associated points, unless local injury or inflammatory process. They are used for treatment and rarely for diagnosis. Of the three sets of points...the Alarm points are the most apt to become sensitive. And quickly reflect problems within one’s body.
“Hot” relates to more involvement in the organ system. Example of a different “hot” point is “McBurney’s Point”. A diagnostic point well recognized by most people. It is the site of acute appendicitis in the right lower abdomen. It is also a diagnostic point in Chinese Medicine, even though not an “alarm” point. It is Stomach 29. As the appendix becomes more and more inflamed and swollen Stomach 29 becomes more and more painful.
Along with St 29 one will also find St 25…the Alarm point for Colon also “hot”. One need not even touch it or St. 29 for the probable diagnosis. The ill person has such acute pain in those exact spots! They quickly dictate “trouble in the appendix”. Google McBurney point and one can quickly see it and Stomach 29 are one in the same on the body maps. Diagnostic touch points are usually but not always alarm points. Again, Points St 25…on each side of the navel …are the dual alarm points for Large Intestine (colon). Of course they would also be “screaming” in the case of appendicitis.
ASSOCIATED POINTS (Also known as SHU points)
Associated points are primarily used for treating the organs system for which they are related. Points lie along the spine within the Urinary Bladder meridian system. They, too, can become symptomatic when imbalances occur within the meridian system. It is well known that people with pain between the left shoulder blade and the spine around the 5th rib and thoracic vertebra (Associated point Bladder 15) can have issues with the heart.
Further, a bit lower (Associated Point 21) people with stomach trouble will often describe pain, usually to the left of the spine. It is very frequent that people with a kidney problem will say my “back is killing me” as the put their fist into their lower back (Associated point bladder 23) One of two Kidney diagnostic zones in the back…(the other is the Alarm point GB 25 end of 12th rib) People with Gallbladder pain (stones) will often describe pain on the right side as the reach around, again to the right of the spinal column..(Associated Point bladder 19). It is truly fascinating to work, diagnostically, with these aged old theories that sustain the tests of time. Remember…all of this was put together over 2000 years ago. Their rules and protocols written by the Masters should always be considered, if not followed, as one makes diagnostic choices and treatment plans.
Too many of the “Western” medical mindsets refuse to accept the tenets of Chinese Medicine in their world of tests, scans, drugs and surgery. It is no wonder that the statistics of health and disease reflect so poorly on those countries that have populations that are over medicated and ravaged by increasing levels of surgery. America, for instance, ranks 37th in the healthcare ratings of the World Health Organization. Simple Inclusion of Chinese Medicine across all health systems in the US would certainly help raise America’s ratings far above their current ranking.
When one uses the Associated points a partner need be involved because these points being located on one’s back. Again some of the points may be “hot” as one describes pain in a special location of the spine. Touching it verifies the location and one can check the body map to identify the Associated point’s number. Next…looking at the body map one will see that there is an organ relationship. (Bladder (BL) 21 would be stomach. BL 18 Liver etc. That may or may not correlate with a symptom of the “patient”.
However, the “finding” (exam)should be treated…regardless of the “feeling” (symptom) of the patient. Usually in Chinese Medicine a treatment plan is devised around “FINDINGS” NOT “FEELINGS”. Too often “patients” identify with pain or lack thereof to decide whether or not to be treated. Cancel an appointment if the pain is better! Absent a symptom some individuals think they may be “cured” and need no treatment…even though proper testing would disclose “findings” of vital importance that indicate the need of treatment. It is important that all patients understand the importance of following through on treatment plans built on the foundation of proper “findings”. They should stop following the idea you only have treatment when you are symptomatic.
A classic example of this is a person who has a heart attack and the “feelings” associated with such an event. Day earlier the person probably felt good…did whatever they wished and enjoyed a “healthy” day. Interesting, is the fact that if a doctor could have examined that person the day before the event…”findings” would have pointed to an impending situation…even though there was an absence of “feelings” at the time!
Accordingly, the absence of symptoms has nothing to do with the ultimate “health” of the individual. That is why it is why doctors knowledgeable in Chinese Medicine always monitor the balance of “Chi Energy“. It will forecast one’s health long before the symptom arrives. Reviewing the heart scenario. One day, no heart pain…no difficulty breathing, no fatigue. Next day cardiac chaos. Routine analysis of one’s chi energy would have more than likely found the problem… the imbalance then treated…and more than likely save the person’s life. This is the natural approach that patients of doctors trained in Chinese Medicine enjoy.
Through the years there have been a variety of techniques to apply meridian point stimulation.
Some authors are very biased to one or another. This writing is created in the 21st century and the presenters of this website have over 50 years of clinical experience. We believe that accuracy and efficiency are king in our busy society. Accordingly, our recommendations are directed to one being able to quickly access the appropriate evaluation sites and efficiently move to effective point stimulation.
One can go on line and peruse a wide variety of methods of manual stimulation and other tools for stimulation. It is our opinion that one best uses an electronic device to locate the appropriate point and by tripping a button on the same device begin the flow of electrons into the needed site. We provide a link below to find devices for such usage. Further…one can palpate for tenderness and apply laser light effectively to needed sites. We have provided links for finding those devices, also. The ones we highlight are very reasonable cost and effective in their wave length.
Some will find manual stimulation effective and decide this makes the most sense for them. This is all about choice. We simply find that moving the electronic device in the area of treatment will pinpoint the exact point (the device beeps) and treatment can instantly begin simply by tripping the treat button. One can also use a 36 pin device that is powered by a simple 9 volt battery. With the 36 pin unit one can’t “miss” being on the appropriate point. Palpate for tenderness in the site closest to the Smart Point…lay the device in the approximate area and turn it on. It is less expensive than the other choices but one need know it is not as comfortable. It has a rheostat control that is used to increase/decrease the current. It is effective and can be used with confidence.
The down side is it is definitely “prickly”. T bars can be purchased that have a little rubber end on them and can be pushed into the sites. One should know that when using manual methods one does need to press deeply…to the point of discomfort…to glean the necessary stimulation. There are inexpensive “point finders” that will be good at locating the points. If one purchases same…try to buy one that has a treatment mode as part of the unit. The systems we link to are the best fit for ease of use, accuracy and treatment outcomes….and also at reasonable cost.
There are a variety of opinions regarding treatment time.
When using electric or laser one would want to use at least 20 seconds…and we feel 30 seconds per point makes good sense. Using manual stimulation is far more subjective (depends on force and pressure applied) There is probably more disagreement amongst authors on the technique on how to treat a point as well as how long to manually stimulate the points. If one is using moderate pressure (barely uncomfortable) we would recommend 60 seconds a point. So subjective in our view.
Recommendations for frequency of treatment are very diverse. If one is in pain…multiple times per day may be used. Early in care…daily treatment makes sense…tapering down in later stages as one feels help for their complaint. It is very subjective and there are no hard protocols when using acupressure.
Remember, SMARTACUPOINTS™ are SMART. Stimulate them and your body will know what to do. That is the beauty and safety that our system brings to you, your family and friends. It is natural health care. These systems are effective for the very young as well as the infirm and all in between. Seniors have extra time and enjoy self-help. Sometimes, a few minutes of acupressure on a regular basis will often turn around health issues that may have long been a major complaint in one’s life.
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