Seattle Acupuncture – Headaches

Acupuncture is one of the best modalities for people suffering from acute or chronic headaches. Many people suffering from daily or chronic headaches have seen doctors who prescribe medications with nasty side effects. And these medications usually dont work to relieve the body of whatever factors are contributing to the consistent flare ups. However, acupuncture has zero sides effects and is incredibly effective at relieving headache pain.

There are many factors we consider when treating someone who is suffering with headaches. These factors include daily stress and tension (and how it is stored in the body), quality of sleep, emotional trauma, exercise routine and diet. In Chinese medicine, the Liver is the organ who handles all of our stress. If the liver is doing it’s job properly, stress enters the body, the energy moves through the meridians and then it moves out of the body. However, when the liver is dealing with too much stress, it cant move the energy through the body and the person is left with energetic stagnation. This translates into physical tension, anxiety, racing thoughts, depression and low energy. We use acupuncture needles to move the stagnated energy so the body can re-balance itself and therefore, if stress is part of the problem, relieve the headache. With sleep, the body needs a certain amount in order to replenish its energy supply and also to repair the body. If our sleep is disturbed, which usually goes hand in hand with stress, the body doesn’t have the energy it needs to stay balanced and once again we are left with stagnation.

Emotional trauma acts in a very similar way when it is not fully healed. The heaviness of it gets stored in the body and stagnates our natural energy flow while adding tension at the same time. If we over exercise, the body is in a constant state of repair with no time to relax which again leads to stagnated energy and a need for the proper building blocks in order to heal. And finally, our diet plays a surprising roll when it comes to headaches. If we are not giving our body enough nutrients in order for it to perform properly, the brain will call for help by dilating the blood vessels in the head which increases the blood flow leading to added pressure and causing headaches. This would be considered a headache due to a deficiency which we help patients cure through herbal tonics or vitamins.

These are just some examples of how a holistic view point of the body, using acupuncture and Chinese medicine, truly helps treat headaches with no side effects. For more information on how acupuncture can help you, schedule a free 30 minute consultation online or call 301 775 6326.

Seattle Acupuncture- Anxiety

Anxiety is an ailment that really responds well to acupuncture treatments. Our goal is to connect with our patients and get an overall picture of why anxiety has shown up in the body, i.e. – stress, food, sleep patterns, emotional patterns, etc. Once these factors are taken into consideration, we then build a treatment around calming the mind, helping people feel more grounded in their body, removing stress and creating more balance. This is done by using a special combination of acupuncture needles and cupping. Cupping is like a reverse massage, where we create a vacuum in a glass cup that sucks up the muscles and tension in certain parts of the body, usually the back, neck and sometimes hips. We then run the cups down that area of the body to help remove any tension, scar tissue, stress, toxins and emotions that are present in this location. Cupping feels very good, most patients describe it as a deep tissue massage that they request every time they come in for a treatment.

We then place acupuncture needles in the chosen points on the body. It has been proven that acupuncture needles release endorphins and other positive chemicals into the body which explains why patients feel lighter, happier and their mind calms down when they leave the treatment. Needles are left in the body for 15 minutes while we stay in the room with you. Patients typically fall asleep. Any concerns you may have about acupuncture will be answered on the FAQ page on the top of the website.

Call to schedule your first treatment today or to come in for your free 30 minute consultation – 301 775 6326

Seattle Acupuncture – Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain is one of the most common ailments treated using acupuncture. Most insurance companies in the state of Washington will cover acupuncture treatments for lower back pain. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine treats this ailment holistically, looking at many factors that may be contributing to the discomfort. Many people who come in for a treatment have already gone to their doctor, chiropractor, or physical therapist, not that it’s necessary to do so, and have a pretty good understanding of the physical factors contributing to the pain. These can be anything from low muscle tone, poor posture, physical trauma (car accident, fall), office job with too much sitting, etc. With acupuncture, we evaluate other things as well including how the digestive tract, sleep habits, amount of stress a person is under, etc are adding to the problem.

In Chinese medicine, pain arises due to a lack of energy and blood movement in certain areas of the body. The standard diagnosis for low back pain is a Qi and Blood Stagnation leading to pain. This stagnation can be caused by a number of factors beyond musculoskeletal problems. For instance, if someone has poor sleep habits, their body is not receiving the healing time it needs to be out of pain. Another very common factor that adds to pain issues is stress because it promotes stagnation in the overall body. When we are stressed we tend to have a tighter body, we cant settle down, we sleep poorly, and it can cause women to have painful cramping during menses, just to name a few.

To incorporate all these different angles into one treatment we use two different strategies, cupping and acupuncture needles. Cupping is a fantastic way to dump stress off the body, to regulate sleep cycles, to calm patient’s minds and to relieve pain. It feels similar to a deep tissue massage and 95% of the patients request it again for their second treatment. Once cupping is completed, acupuncture needles are inserted in local and distal areas of the body. These are left in the body for 15 minutes while the patient rests on the table. Acupuncture is pain-free, safe, with no side effects and treatments are extremely effective. Call for a free 30 minute consultation if you have more questions about how acupuncture can benefit you. Don’t spend another minute living with pain, let acupuncture be your life line back to a healthy, enjoyable life.

There is a lot of research out there that discusses the benefits of acupuncture for lower back pain. Click HERE to read a study from the University of Maryland.

Seattle Acupuncture- Helps Reduce Hypertension

By HealthCMi- A new recently published case study highlights the efficaciousness of acupuncture for the treatment of hypertension, high blood pressure.

Acupuncture is shown applied to acupoint LI4. Researchers measured several key improvements as a result of acupuncture treatments. The patient had a significant reduction in blood pressure, fewer side effects from antihypertensive medications and an increased sense of well-being. The goal of the study was to measure the effects of acupuncture on hypertension for a patient having difficulty tolerating medications for the condition. The researchers concluded that acupuncture has a synergistic effect when combined with antihypertensive medication.

The patient highlighted in the study began with a blood pressure reading of 160/100 mm Hg. The first step of his treatment regime began with medication therapy, which was able to reduce his blood pressure to 150/99 mm Hg. However, he experienced flushing, palpitations, diarrhea, fatigue, decreased sexual function and a variety of other clinical disorders.

Acupuncture was added to the regime and the blood pressure lowered to 128/85 mm Hg. By the seventh week of acupuncture treatments combined with medication therapy, the blood pressure averaged 130/80 mm Hg and the antihypertensive medication side effects completely disappeared. The patient no longer suffered from issues such as impotence, fatigue and diarrhea.

The acupuncture points used in the study were: LI4, LI11, ST36, ST9. Acupuncture needles were inserted bilaterally and perpendicularly to a depth of 0.8 to 1.0 cun. Tonification needle techniques were applied to LI11, ST36, and ST9 using a twirling technique for a duration of 1 minute. LI4 was stimulated with a twirling, reducing method for 1 minute. The total duration of needle retention per acupuncture treatment was 30 minutes. Additional points were added to eliminate the side effects of the blood pressure medications: CV4, CV6 and SP6. An intensive schedule of 60 acupuncture treatments over the course of 12 weeks was administered.

The authors of the study note that abundant research supports the use of acupuncture points LV3, LI11, GB20, ST36 and ST40 for the treatment of hypertension. The researchers chose the acupuncture point prescription for this patient based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) meridian theory. Yangming channel acupuncture points such as LI11, ST36 and LI4 were chosen for their ability to ‘reconcile qi and blood.’ Additionally, ST9 was included for its specific function in regulating qi and blood and because it is a meeting point of the Stomach and Gallbladder meridians. The authors also note ST9’s proximity to the carotid sinus and its specialized ability to regulate blood pressure.

Reference:
Zhang, Lili, Pengfei Shen, and Shu Wang. “Acupuncture treatment for hypertension: a case study.” Acupuncture in Medicine (2013): acupmed-2013.
- See more at: http://www.healthcmi.com/Acupuncture-Continuing-Education-News/1189-acupuncture-lowers-hypertension-new-case-study#sthash.wnWl16Qf.dpuf

Seattle Acupuncture – Simple and Quick Solution for Joint Pain/Arthritis

There are a lot of people out there who are suffering from chronic joint pain whether from an injury, arthritis, or osteoarthritis. Usually the treatment for these kinds of conditions involve some sort of drug which can have bad side effects. Here is a very simple and easy solution that has been proven to help manage joint pain. All you need are two things, gin and golden raisins. You may have heard of this from a friend or somewhere online and thought it is too simple to work. But it does!
Soak a bunch of golden raisins (I recommend a whole bag of them) in a bottle of gin. Allow the raisins to soak for at least one week. After soaking, eat 12 raisins per day. That’s it, it’s that simple. For some reason, if you use raisins other than golden raisins it doesn’t seem to help reduce the pain but you’re welcome to try it anyways. Of course, as an acupuncturist, I also strongly recommend getting acupuncture treatments to further help reduce your symptoms of joint pain. Acupuncture is extremely effective at reducing joint pain without any side effects. I hope the gin and raisins work for you! Good Luck!

Seattle Acupuncture- The Liver Meridian

The liver is a fascinating organ. It performs over 500 vital functions in the body plus many more that are still being discovered. The liver plays a big role in both Chinese medicine and western medicine. In western medicine the liver produces bile which helps break down fats and carry away waste in the small intestines. It also produces certain proteins in blood plasma, it converts excess glucose into glycogen, it regulates blood clotting factors and it is a huge detoxifier, just to name a few. In Chinese medicine the liver is in charge of storing blood, regulating menstruation, controlling the smooth flow of Qi (our body’s energy) and it ensures the flow of bile. The liver is also an organ that is easily impacted by emotions and stress. Living a stressful life or living in a stressful emotional state is equally as toxic as any physical toxic substance. This means that when we are overly stressed or emotional our liver has to perform the same detoxifying functions as it would with any poisonous substance. When the liver becomes overwhelmed, the Qi stagnates causing Liver Qi Stagnation, one of the most common diagnoses for Americans in Chinese medicine. Since the liver is in charge of the smooth flow of Qi, when the liver Qi stagnates, it halts the smooth movement of Qi in the entire body. Here are the common symptoms of liver Qi stagnation- hypochondriac pain (pain in the area on the side of ribs), moodiness, depression, feeling of a lump in your throat, chest tightness, irregular periods, and breast tenderness before the period.

The liver meridian has a total of 14 acupuncture points. The meridian starts from the inside of the big toe, goes up the foot, up the medial side of the calf, up the medial side of the thigh, up the groin, and ends in the area where the liver is located. The liver meridian is also called the Foot Jue Yin whose paired meridian, the Hand Jue Yin, is the pericardium meridian. The liver is considered a yin organ whose paired yang organ is the gall bladder. The liver is manifested in our nails, it opens to our eyes, it is the element of wood, it has the color green, it’s season is spring, its taste is sour and its primary emotion is anger.

The liver meridian encircles the genitals which shows how it has a huge influence on that region. One of the biggest influences is with female menstruation. If the liver Qi is stagnated it can make the period irregular, it can cause emotional swings during PMS and it can cause pain in both the lower abdomen and the breasts.

The liver meridian is the last meridian the Qi flows through before the energy cycle starts all over again, beginning with the lung meridian. This shows a connection between the lungs (and lung issues) and the stagnation of liver Qi. Below are the most common points used on the liver meridian.

LV-2- used to release heat from the liver meridian

LV-3- this is one of the most popular points in acupuncture because it moves stagnated liver Qi. It is usually paired up with large intestine 4 (LI-4) to make a point set called “the four gates.” These points are located in the same area but LV-3 is on the foot and LI-4 is on the hands.

LV-5- moves liver Qi, clears damp heat from the liver and regulates the menstruation.

LV-8-this point is the most common point to tonify liver blood.

Seattle Acupuncture- The Gallbladder Meridian

The gall bladder in Chinese medicine has some similarities to the gall bladder in western medicine. It’s job is to store and excrete bile. Bile is used in the small intestine to help digest fats in our food. Where Chinese medicine differs is the intimate relationship the gall bladder has with the liver and the heart. The liver is in charge of moving our Qi throughout the body. In other words, the energy in our body that keeps us healthy and nourished is governed by the liver. When we are overly emotional or stressed, the liver becomes unbalanced and our Qi stagnates. The gall bladder has very similar functions to the liver. It’s Qi helps keep the liver moving smoothly. And vice versa, the liver Qi helps keep the gall bladder in balance and helps it excrete bile smoothly. Another similar function the gall bladder has with the liver is nourishing the sinews. The liver supplies the blood to nourish our sinews while the gall bladder supplies the Qi to nourish our sinews. Sinews are a piece of fibrous tissue that connect muscle to bone or bone to bone. The sinew meeting point, the acupuncture point that connects all the sinews, is on the gall bladder channel (GB-34).

Another important function of the gall bladder is its mental influence. The gall bladder is in charge of our decisiveness, our capacity to make decisions. The gall bladder gives us the courage to make change and to move forward. It also influences our mental decisiveness which is the relationship it has with the heart (because the heart controls the mind). In five element theory, the gall bladder is wood, the heart is fire and wood controls fire. This shows the interrelationship between the decisiveness of the gall bladder and the mental influence of the mind.

The last function of the gall bladder is its influence on our ability to sleep. The gall bladder helps a person sleep long and have a good quality of sleep. If the gall bladder is deficient then a person will wake up early in the morning and be unable to fall asleep again.

The gall bladder meridian has 44 points and they are all over the place. The gall bladder meridian is a good representation of how indecisive the gall bladder can be. The meridian starts on the outside corner of the eye, moves up the ear, around the ear, goes back around towards the front of the head, goes down the middle of the head to connect with the trapezius muscle, zig zags around the side of the ribs, goes down the outside of the leg and ends at the corner of the fourth toe. The gall bladder meridian is also called the Foot Shao Yang Meridian and it’s paired meridian, the Hand Shao Yang, is the San Jiao Meridian. This shows an interrelationship between the nourishing functions of the San Jiao (the lymphatic system) and the nourishing functions of the gall bladder on the sinews. The gall bladder is a yang organ and its pair yin organ is the liver. The relationship between the gallbladder and the liver was already stated above. The gall bladder is the element of wood and its time is between 11pm-1am. Below are the most common used points on the gall bladder meridian.

GB-8- this point is used sometimes for headaches.

GB-12- this point is also used for headaches or sometimes to help unclog the ears or sinuses.

GB-14- a common point used to help relieve sinus pressure.

GB-20-a very common point used for headaches in the back of the head, back pain, tight muscles or to help balance the gall bladder.

GB-21- a very common point used to help with tight trapezius muscles.

GB-30- the most commonly used point for sciatica.

GB-34- the meeting point of the sinews. This point is usually paired with San Jiao 5 to create the “female four gates.” This point combination helps to move stagnated Qi.

GB-41- this is one of my personal favorite points. This point is used in balancing the gall bladder and moving Qi. It is a very strongly felt point when used and patients usually feel very calm soon after the needle has been placed there.

Seattle Acupuncture- The Pericardium Meridian

The pericardium in Chinese medicine has the same function as in western medicine; to protect the heart. The pericardium meridian is used in a very similar manner as the heart meridian because they both have a close relationship with the mind. We use the pericardium meridian to help calm the mind, to help people sleep better and to help patients balance their emotions.

The pericardium meridian runs from the nipple, down the biceps, down the underside of the forearm and ends at the tip of the middle finger. The pericardium is also known as the Hand Jue Yin whose paired meridian is the Liver or the Foot Jue Yin. This shows a deep relationship between the liver and pericardium. The liver is the main organ in our body for detoxing, including emotional and mental stress. Stress is one of the main toxins the liver deals with everyday. This shows the relationship between our mentality, our emotions and our stress. The pericardium is a yin organ whose paired yang organ is the San Jiao. The San Jiao is the only meridian in Chinese medicine that isn’t translated into an internal organ. However, I believe the San Jiao is the Chinese equivalent to the lymphatic system. Therefore it shows an interesting relationship between our mindset and the body’s ability to fight off diseases. The time of the pericardium is from 7-9pm and its element is fire. Below are some commonly used pericardium points.

PC-6- the most popular point used on the pericardium channel. It is best known for its anti-nausea properties. It also calms the mind and helps people sleep.

PC-7- this is the controlling point of the pericardium. It helps the pericardium and the heart come back into balance. It also helps balance and calm the mind.

Seattle Acupuncture – The San Jiao Meridian

The San Jiao meridian is the only meridian in Chinese medicine that isn’t associated with a western bodily organ. The function of this meridian is very controversial even to this day because everyone has a different idea of what part of the body the San Jiao meridian is describing. In my opinion the San Jiao is the meridian of the lymphatic system. Let me show you how I came to this conclusion.

The San Jiao meridian is identified by many names like the Triple Burner or the Triple Warmer. The San Jiao is broken into three parts, the Upper Burner, the Middle Burner and the Lower Burner (aka triple burner). It is said that the Upper burner is like a mist, the Middle burner is like a froth of bubbles and the lower burner is like a drainage ditch. What this means is that the Upper burner, which includes the lungs and heart, has the function of distributing the lung Qi and fluid. In other words, it takes the energy we gain from the air and moves it throughout the entire body (the circulatory system). The middle burner includes the spleen (aka the pancreas), the liver, and the stomach and its main function is to help in the fermentation of food (digestion process). And last, the lower burner includes the kidneys, the urinary bladder, the large intestine and the small intestine. Its main function is the separation of good, usable energy, from bad, unwanted energy. In Chinese medicine, this is called “separating the clear from the turbid,” or in other words, separating the nutrients our body needs from the garbage it will be getting rid of. As you can see the San Jiao meridian includes the entire body, the upper, the middle and the lower but the description of where the San Jiao is located seems to be elusive. How can some bodily function incorporate all of the organs and yet not be an organ? Let me tell you a little more about the functions of the San Jiao, in Chinese medicine, before we piece it all together.

The functions of the San Jiao meridian is to move your Yuan Qi, which is the energy that was given to you from your parents at birth, from the Kidneys to the rest of the organs. The San Jiao is also in charge of moving bodily fluid throughout the entire body and it regulates water metabolism. Now lets compare this description to the western medicine description of the lymphatic system.

In western medicine, the lymphatic system is a system of bodily fluid that circulates, without the help of the heart, around the entire body due to pressure systems within the cells (the function of water metabolism in Chinese medicine). Its function is to aid the immune system in destroying pathogens and removing waste (the Yuan Qi is the immune system given to you by your parents), it removes dead or cancerous cells (separating clear from turbid), and it works with the circulatory system to deliver oxygen and nutrients to cells (the triple burner). This description matches perfectly with the Chinese medicine function of the San Jiao.

The San Jiao meridian starts on the lateral corner of the ring finger nail. It moves up the forearm, up the triceps, across the trapezius muscle, around the ear and ends at the outside corner of the eye. The San Jiao is also called the Hand Shao Yang Meridian and it is paired with the Gall Bladder or the Foot Shao Yang Meridian. The San Jiao is considered a yang organ whose paired yin organ is the Pericardium. It is said that the San Jiao is the hinge for all of the yang organs due to the fact that it distributes the Yuan Qi (the energy from the Kidneys) everywhere. The time of the San Jiao is from 9-11pm and it is associated with wood and fire. The relationship between the San Jiao, the Gall Bladder and the Pericardium is very important. The Gall Bladder helps regulate the smooth movement of Qi throughout our body due to its very close relationship to the liver. The smooth function of the liver and gallbladder is impacted when we are dealing with strong emotions. The pericardium is the protector of the heart, which controls our mental abilities and our thoughts. This means that the San Jiao influences the body on a mental and emotional level. A more practical application of this can be shown through our immune system. When we are under emotional and mental stress, the integrity of our immune system is damaged, therefore we get sick more often. Below are some of the common acupuncture points on the San Jiao meridian and their functions.

SJ-3- commonly used for migraines or headaches.

SJ-4- the yuan source of the San Jiao, it helps regulates the meridian and put it back in balance.

SJ5- probably one of the most common points used in acupuncture. It is usually paired up with Gall Bladder 34 to make “the female four gates.” The female four gates are used to move stagnated Qi. This point is also the confluent point of the Yang Wei Mei which is one of the extraordinary channels in the body.

SJ-6- a very common point used for constipation

SJ 17- very common point used to unclog the ears and sinuses.

Below is link to learn more about the western lymphatic system.
The Lymphatic System

Seattle Acupuncture- The Kidney Meridian

The kidneys are one of the most important organs in Chinese medicine. They have many functions that do not coincide with western medicine. The only similarity that is shared between the east and west in regards to kidney function is its regulation of water in the body. In Chinese medicine, the kidneys store our essence or Jing. Essence is the life force given to us from our parents that allows us to develop and grow in a full, healthy way. Kids who are considered to have a Jing or essence deficiency can be developmentally challenged, can be born with diseases, can mature slowly, or not grow to their full height. Since the kidneys store our Jing it should not be surprising that other functions of the kidneys include controlling our growth and development, reproduction and bone growth.

Western medicine has its own equivalent of Jing but they call it the endocrine system. The endocrine system is a group of glands that regulates our body by releasing hormones directly into the blood stream. These glands (and their hormones) control our growth, our temperature, our metabolism, our blood pressure, our reproductive systems among a million other functions. The endocrine system is considered to be part of the kidneys functions within Chinese medicine.

The kidney meridian starts from the bottom of our foot, travels up the inside of our leg, goes up the mid part of our torso and ends at our collar-bone. Another name for the kidneys is the Foot Shao Yin whose paired partner, the Hand Shao Yin, is the Heart Meridian. The Heart and the Kidneys have a deep relationship within our bodies. The kidneys are said to be the water and the heart is said to be the fire. Both these organs keep each other in balance at all times. The kidneys are a yin organ whose paired yang organ is the urinary bladder. The kidneys are represented by the element water, its color is black, its taste is salty, its season is winter, its temperature is cold, and its emotion is fear. Below is a list of the common points used on the kidney meridian.

KD-1- great point for bringing down energy from the head and calming the mind

KD3- this is the main controlling point on the kidney meridian and functions to put the kidneys back in balance

KD-6-this point is commonly used to tonify the yin in the body

KD-7- this is a great point for helping control the function of water metabolism within the body

KD-9- this is an interesting point because it is considered the beautiful baby point in Chinese medicine. It can supposedly be needled while a woman is pregnant to make their baby beautiful.

KD- 22 through KD-27 – these points are considered ghost points in Chinese medicine meaning they help ones spirit get back in balance.

Seattle Acupuncture- 5 Tips for Reducing Back Pain

One of the most common ailments I see at my clinic is back pain. This should be no surprise since a majority of Americans sit in front of a computer or at a desk all day long. Using alternative medicine is a wonderful way to remove your back pain whether through acupuncture, massage or chiropractics (I recommend all three). However, it is equally as important for preventative care to have information and tips on how to reduce your back pain on your own. Below are 5 tips to help reduce or prevent back pain.

1) Movement- The number one reason that causes back pain in Chinese medicine is stagnation of Qi and Blood which is translated to mean lack of movement in the area we have pain. That is why it is so important to incorporate some sort of exercise or movement into our daily routine. This can be as simple as going for a 20 minute walk at night after dinner, running a couple times a week, or actively stretching every day. If you incorporate movement everyday your pain will go away.

2) Reduce Stress-Stress is a silent contributor to our pain because it cause stagnation in our body due to the state of contraction our muscles are in when we are in a stressful state. Reducing stress helps movement return to our body which removes our pain.

3) Warmth-Again going back to this idea of stagnation, cold contracts and warmth expands which means cold prevents movement while warmth promotes it. Making sure our body is always warm will reduce our chances of acute or chronic pain.

4) Nutrition- Don’t underestimate the power of healthy food and nutrients in healing our pain. When the body doesn’t have the building blocks it needs to repair, pain lingers indefinitely. Staying healthy will guarantee your body has what it needs to heal.

5) Sleep- being rested echos the same idea as the one above because our body heals when we are in a state of deep sleep. Without sleep, we continue to have a damaged body which includes our pain. Fixing our sleep patterns and getting rest will contribute to a pain free life and a healthy body.

For more information on reducing your back pain, schedule your free 30 minute consultation or call 301 775 6326

Seattle Acupuncture- The Urinary Bladder Meridian

The urinary bladder in Chinese medicine has a similar function as it does in western medicine, to store urine. Its function is straight forward but the meridian does a lot of wonderful things.

As you can see the Urinary Bladder is a huge meridian, the biggest meridian in the entire body. It has a total of 67 acupuncture points and runs from the inner corner of the eye, up the forehead, down the back (twice), down the back of the legs to the outside of the pinky toe. The time of the Urinary Bladder is from 3-5 pm. The Urinary Bladder Meridian is also called the Foot Tai Yang Meridian. It is paired with the Hand Tai Yang Meridian, also known as the Small Intestine Meridian. This shows a relationship between our digestive tract and the excretion of urine. The urinary bladder is a yang organ with its paired yin organ being the kidneys. Both of the these organs deal with the regulation of water in the body. Other things to note with the Urinary Bladder Meridian is that it is used quite often in the treatment of back pain and for the regulation of every organ in the body. This is because the channel runs next to every nerve root that comes out of the spine. The Urinary Bladder Meridian runs down the back twice, the inner channel interacts with the nerve roots while the outer channel deals with balancing the emotions associated with every organ. This shows how important the Urinary Bladder Meridian is to any acupuncture treatment. Below are some common points used on this channel.

UB1 – used for the treatment of eye disorders

UB2- used for eye disorders and sinus congestion

UB10- used for headaches behind the head, tight upper traps, and to help relieve back pain

UB12- helps to release a cold from the body

UB13/UB42- These points are used for the regulation of the lungs

UB14/UB43- These points are used for the regulation of the pericardium

UB15/UB44- These points are used for the regulation of the heart

UB16/UB45- These points are used for the regulation of the spine

UB17/UB46- These points are used for the regulation of the diaphram. UB17 is often used to move stagnation causing pain in the back.

UB18/UB47- These points are used to regulate the liver

UB19/UB48- These points are used to regulate the gall bladder

UB20/UB49- These points are used to regulate the spleen

UB21/UB50- These points are used to regulate stomach

UB22/UB51- These points are used to regulate the San Jiao (which is an internal system closely resembling the lymphatic system)

UB23/UB52- These points are used to regulate the kidneys

UB25- Used in the regulation of the large intestine

UB27- Used in the regulation of the small intestine

UB28- Used in the regulation of the urinary bladder

UB27 – UB34 are all used to relieve sacral pain

UB37- Relieves hamstring pain

UB40- Used to move stagnation which is causing pain in the back

UB-56/57- These points are used for calf pain

UB 60- Used to relieve back pain

UB62- This is a very common point used in treating pain, it is the master point of an extra meridian called the Yang Qiao Mai, also known as the Yang Motility Vessel. This point also helps with ankle pain.

Seattle Acupuncture- The Challenges With Gluten

Pick up any health magazine and you are likely to find an article about someone who has improved their health by eliminating gluten from their diet. Gluten has been in the human diet for a very long time so why the sudden problem? Most people don’t realize that our digestive tracks are over exposed to gluten in a way like never before. We are being over exposed for two reasons: first, our culture eats a lot of processed foods which contains an over abundance of gluten and second, wheat (and its cousins) “have been bred to grow faster, produce bigger yields, harvest more efficiently, and bake better bread. The downside to today’s hybridized cereal grains is that they contain more gluten.” (1) With our incredible advances in food technology, even products that we never think of like salad dressings or soy sauce can contain “hidden” gluten. At some point our body cannot handle this over exposure and starts sending us the signals to stop eating it.

So what is gluten anyways? “Gluten is a protein composite, meaning it is a substance made up of several different proteins, in wheat and related grains. Gluten comes from the endosperm within the seeds of these cereal grains”(2) and is stored in the plant as a protein source. In other words the plant feeds off of the gluten as its growing.

So which foods contain gluten? Gluten can be found in certain grains including wheat, barley, rye and their derivatives like spelt and kamut. This means gluten is found in common products like bread, tortillas, crackers, beer, fried food, bakery products, spaghetti, pizza and anything made with flour (like pancakes). Below is a list of “hidden” gluten foods which include:

Brown rice syrup
Breading & coating mixes
Croutons
Energy Bars
Flour or cereal products
Imitation bacon
Imitation seafood
Marinades
Panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
Pastas
Processed luncheon meats
Sauces, gravies
Self-basting poultry
Soy sauce or soy sauce solids
Soup bases
Stuffings, dressing
Thickeners (Roux)
Communion wafers
Herbal supplements
Drugs & over-the-counter medications
Nutritional supplements
Vitamins & mineral supplements
Play-dough: a potential problem if hands are put on or in the mouth while playing with play-dough.
Hands should be washed immediately after use (3)

So what are the symptoms of a gluten sensitivities and how do we find out if we should avoid it? Symptoms of a gluten sensitivities include loose stools, constipation, stomach pain, acid reflux, headaches, skin rashes, depression, mood swings, joint pain and neurological issues. Celiac Disease is the most extreme example of a complete gluten intolerance where diet modification is extremely important. The best way to find out if you have a gluten sensitivity is to get off of all gluten foods for 6-8 weeks (this includes processed foods) and see how you feel. You can then re-introduce gluten back into your diet and see if any symptoms show up. Grains/Flours that can still be eaten while on a gluten diet include rice, corn (maize), soy, potato, tapioca, beans, garfava, sorghum, quinoa, millet, buckwheat, arrowroot, amaranth, teff, Montina®, flax, and nut flours (3).

Please click the links below to investigate in more detail about gluten sensitivities. Good Luck!

(1) Gluten Then and Now
(2) Gluten Intolerance School

(3) http://www.celiac.org/

(4) The Gluten Intolerance Group

Seattle Acupuncture-Post Pregnancy Recovery

The process of being pregnant and giving birth can be magical and extraordinarily tough on the body. It is common practice in most western countries for a woman to try and return to her pre pregnancy figure as soon as possible. If anything, the faster a woman returns to her slim figure, the more praise and respect she seems to receive. However, in reality, the body needs 6 months to 1 year to fully recover. This is why it is vital, for long-term sustainable health, to have a proper post pregnancy recovery plan.

Rest- the most important thing for proper recovery is to sleep and rest. Depending on the amount of time spent during labor a woman can burn an incredible amount of calories, which leaves the body in desperate need of repair. Of course having a
newborn is not always conducive for sleeping, however, resting whenever it is possible will help the body heal the fastest. Don’t be in a hurry to start moving so soon after pregnancy, take the time your body needs to regain your energy (1-2 weeks in bed).

Healthy Food- along with sleeping, the body
also needs to be replenished with good food and nutrients. Women spend 9 months siphoning parts of the nutrient supply to their baby on top of the calories it takes to go through labor. Replacing these supplies is a crucial part of recovery. Choosing the foods that contain the most nutrients possible is a great strategy. This includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and meat.

Stay Warm- a women’s body is extremely vulnerable and open during labor. The uterus takes between 6-8 weeks to return to its normal size. During this time, a woman is incredibly susceptible to the external environment and losing energy from her body. This is why it is important to drink and eat warm beverages and food during recovery and to keep this area protected. This will help support the body in its attempt to recalibrate the internal temperature. Also, heat contains more energy than cold, so the body can use this excess energy to heal faster.
Take Vitamins and/or Herbs- in addition to eating a well balanced diet, taking vitamins or drinking herbal tonics will help the body receive the nutrients it needs to heal. Seeing a nutritionist or a Chinese herbalist who specializes in post pregnancy support is encouraged.

Mellow Movement- Movement is an important part of recovery, although only if it’s minor. Exercising too soon after giving birth, might give you a great body but it will hurt your long-term health. Instead, doing things like short walks or other minor movement will help your circulation which in turn will help your the body heal.

Alternative Medicine Treatments- seeing an acupuncturist, massage therapist and a chiropractor is strongly encouraged once you have had a chance to heal for a few weeks. These modalities help support the body to heal and each one offers great suggestions for healing.

Seattle Acupuncture- The Small Intestine Meridian

The small intestine in Chinese medicine has a very similar function to that of western medicine. The small intestine’s job is to receive food from the stomach and “separate the clear from turbid.” What this means is that the small intestine separates our food into usable energy (clear) and waste products (turbid). The clear energy goes back up to the spleen to be distributed throughout our entire body and the turbid energy goes down into the large intestine/urinary bladder (which in turn removes it). The small intestine in both Chinese and western medicine is the main digestive organ in our body.

The small intestine meridian is also called the Hand Tai Yang Meridian and it’s paired foot meridian is the Foot Tai Yang Meridian, or the urinary bladder. This shows a relationship between the small intestine and the output of waste of the urinary bladder. The small intestine has another deep relationship with the heart. The small intestines is a yang organ and its paired yin organ is the heart. This shows an inner relationship between our emotions/mindset (the heart) and the food we eat. If the small intestine is out of balance our bodies can have fatigue, poor bowel movements, poor sleep, or negative emotions. The time of the small intestines is from 1-3pm. The small intestine meridian starts on the outside of our pinky finger, goes down the inside of our forearm, up around our scapula, up the neck and ends on the tragus of the ear. Below are some common points used on the small intestine meridian.

SI-3- this point is the commander of the spine and the back and can be used to reduce back pain.

SI-4- this point is used to tell the small intestine how to function properly. It can be used for all kinds of digestive complaints.

SI-5- used to clear heat from the digestive tract.

SI-8- used for golfer’s elbow or elbow pain.

SI-9 – SI-15-all these points are used for localized pain in the back.

SI-18- can be used for stroke patients where the muscles on the face are impacted.

SI-19- used for jaw pain and ear problems.

Seattle Acupuncture- The Heart Meridian

The heart in Chinese medicine is one of the most important organs in the entire body, it is referred to as the Monarch. The heart is in charge of governing the blood, controlling the blood vessels, and housing the mind (called the Shen in Chinese medicine). The function of governing the blood and controlling the blood vessels overlaps with the function of the heart in western medicine which is to pump blood through the entire body. Even the idea of the heart housing the mind can be easily explained in western medicine. The mind, or the brain, needs a huge amount of nutrients and blood flow at all times in order to properly function. When our blood is deficient in nutrients (like when people are on unhealthy diets) the brain function will slowly deteriorate. This can be seen as poor concentration, bad memory, and fatigue. Also, if the heart is not functioning properly, we can see similar impacts. Another explanation for the heart housing the mind can be seen with our emotions. A lot of religions and spiritual belief systems suggest people to live from their hearts in order to have an inspired life. This again suggests a relationship between our ability to think and our hearts. The main emotion of the heart, in Chinese medicine, is joy. It is said that too much joy or too little joy can hurt the heart. A healthy heart can be shown in our facial complexion and the tip of the tongue shows heart imbalances. The body fluid of the heart is sweat and the main color of the heart is red. Last, the heart impacts our dreams when it is imbalanced.

The heart is a fairly small meridian with only 9 acupuncture points. The meridian starts from the middle of the arm pit, goes down the medial side of the arm to the tip of our pinky finger. The heart meridian can also be called the Hand Shao Yin Meridian which is connected to the Foot Shao Yin Meridian, also known as the Kidneys. It is said in Chinese medicine that the heart is the fire of the body and the kidneys are the water, showing an inner relationship between the heart and kidneys. The heart is a yin organ whose paired yang organ is the small intestine. This shows a relationship between our ability to digest food and our emotions. The time of the heart is 11am-1pm which suggests that we are the happiest when the day is at its peak. Below are the most common points used on the heart meridian.

HT-3- clears phlegm or heat from the heart

HT-6- good point for clearing night sweats and tonifying the heart blood.

HT-7- this is the main point used on the heart channel. It is used for insomnia, heart imbalances, palpitations, emotional congestion, and memory/concentration issues.

Seattle Acupuncture- The Spleen Meridian

The spleen in Chinese medicine is in charge of many key processes within our bodies. I want to clarify upfront that the Chinese medicine spleen is very different from the western medicine spleen. In western medicine the spleen is part of the lymphatic system or the immune system, where as in Chinese medicine the spleen deals with digestion. Why is there such a huge difference in the spleen function between cultures? The answer, in my opinion, lies within the history of how these medicines evolved. In the Chinese culture, for thousands of years, it was considered inappropriate to dissect a human body. Therefore, a lot of the early Chinese theory about the body was inaccurate. Western medicine, however, was completely different in its approach and was very familiar with the human body. Each approach allowed for different development of medicine theories, western medicine is focused on very small parts of the body while Chinese medicine is focused on the overall whole system. To make a long story short, the spleen in Chinese medicine should probably be called the pancreas due to its contributions to the digestive process. Please keep this in mind as you read on about the functions of the spleen.

The spleen has many functions in Chinese medicine. First, the spleen is in charge of the transformation and transportation process. Transformation refers to the transformative process where food is broken down and energy is gained. The transportation process refers to the movement of this energy throughout the body. The “food energy” is called the Gu Qi in Chinese medicine. This energy ascends into the lungs from the spleen to be distributed by the circulation system. Without the Gu Qi our bodies would not have enough energy to properly function. Another function of the spleen is to provide energy to keep the blood inside the blood vessels. As a result, if the spleen is imbalanced, we end up with a lot of bleeding signs and symptoms. A third function of the spleen is to help regulate water passages within the body. This is why dampness accumulates when the spleen is not working properly. A fourth function of the spleen is to control the health and movement of our muscles. This is easily explained in western medicine when someone either doesn’t eat enough or has chronic bad digestion. One of the first things that the body breaks down is our muscles. These are the basic functions of the spleen in Chinese medicine.

There are many signs and symptoms of the spleen working improperly. If the spleen doesn’t have enough energy to do its job then a patient is diagnosed with Spleen Qi Deficiency. The symptoms of this are as follows: pale face, fatigue, poor appetite, loose stools, and bloating.

Another name for the spleen meridian is the Foot Tai Yin meridian. The Hand Tai Yin meridian is the lung meridian showing the inner relationship between the spleen and the lungs. There are 21 points in the spleen meridian. The meridian runs from the medial side of the big toe (SP-1) up the body in between the 7th intercostal of the ribs (SP-21). The time of the spleen is between the hours of 9-11 am in the morning. The spleen is a yin organ and its paired yang organ is the stomach. A healthy spleen can be shown in the vibrant color of the lips, its emotion is worry and its element is earth. The spleen meridian has a lot of commonly used points, below are a list of the most common ones.

SP-3- This point regulates the entire function of the spleen. If the spleen is in a state of imbalance, this point is used.

SP-6- This is a very common and wonderful point. This point is the intersection point of the spleen, the liver and the kidney meridians. It helps regulate all three organs and is a great point for putting the body back in balance.

SP-8- This is a great point for helping with constipation

SP-9- This is the main point for dampness accumulating in the body due to a spleen dysfunction. When any dampness is present, we needle this point to help remove it.

SP-15- A great point for regulating the digestive tract, including pain in the abdomen, constipation and loose stools.

SP-21- This point is called the great Luo and is used for whole body imbalances including tight chest, whole body pain, and weakness of the limbs.

This is the overview of the spleen and the spleen meridian.

Seattle Acupuncture-Yin and Yang Theory

I think there is no better place to start when it comes to Chinese medicine then the Yin/Yang theory. I think a lot of us have heard the Americanized version of Yin and Yang and we have been mislead from the core of why it is important. The Yin/Yang theory has been around for thousands of years so it is prone to misinterpretation like anything else from a long time ago. As a reminder, this is my personal interpretation of what Yin and Yang truly means after receiving my masters degree in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.

I think the classic Yin/Yang picture is really beautiful. In this picture you have a circle with two dominant colors, white and black. Within these colors you have a piece of the opposite color, white with a black circle and black with a white circle. It doesn’t matter which color is Yin and which color is Yang. This picture is showing us a lot of information if we know what we are looking for. First, the symmetry of the picture shows us that Yin and Yang are meant to be in balance with each other, if there is too much Yang, it will override the Yin and vice versa. Second, Yin and Yang operate as opposites, meaning yin is like water, while Yang is like fire. However, Yin and Yang are not limited to water and fire like most people think, the yin/yang theory is about relativity, but I will explain that later. This opposite but yet dependent relationship shows the complexity of the Yin/Yang dynamic. The dots in the middle of each color represent the connection both Yin and Yang have with each other. Although they are opposites, they will also need each others energetic and physical contributions.

Yin can be represented as water, its cooling, its mellow, it’s the part of us that moistens and nourishes our body. Within our bodies, Yin can be represented by our blood and all of our body fluids. The yin side of our body is represented by our front side, our chest and our stomach. The yin is always on the side facing inward or downward. In Chinese medicine, they relate yin and yang as if we were crawling on all fours, meaning the stomach would be downward while the back would be facing outward.

Yang can be represented as fire, it’s the heat, the power, the mover within life. It is represented in the body by our body heat, our stomach acid, our energy, and our movement. The yang part of our body is the outward and upward parts. Our backs, the outside portions of our arms and legs.

Yin and Yang can be represented in EVERYTHING in life, not just our bodies. However, the relationship between Yin and Yang change depending on the circumstances. For instance, summer and winter, Yang is the summer and Yin is the winter. However, if we compare two seasons, summer and late summer, Yin is the summer and Yang is the late summer because late summer is hotter. Here is another example, if we compare two temperatures, 50 degrees F and 70 degrees F, yin is the 50 degrees and yang is the 70 degrees. But if we compare 70 degrees F with 90 degrees F, Yin is the 70 degrees and Yang is the 90 degrees. These are minor examples to show that Yin and Yang are constantly in a state of flux, they never settle, just like life.

So what happens when they become imbalanced? I am going to describe these imbalances within our bodies from a Chinese medicine standpoint.

The first step as a Chinese medicine practitioner in deciding how the yin and yang are out of balance is to look at the signs each patient is having. To know what the signs mean, we first need to look at the impact that yin/yang imbalances have on the body. For instance, someone who is complaining of heat symptoms, is not necessarily suffering from a Yang (fire) imbalance. Heat shows up in the body as a symptom of yin/yang imblance due to many reasons. First, the Yang could be in excess while yin is still in balance which means the yang would dominate the yin and create heat signs in the body like the following: fever, sweating, red face, red tongue, thirsty, etc. Second, the heat signs could arise in the body due to the yin being deficient which means the yang would still dominate because there is not enough cooling agent to balance it out. These yin deficient signs or deficient heat symptoms are different, they are: night sweats, afternoon fever, five center heat (both hands, both feet and abdomen), a tongue that has a peeled coating, dry skin, dry mouth, dry eyes, blood tinged nasal discharge, blood tinged sputum. This is just one example of how the yin/yang theory is applied during everyday treatments with patients.

Although the relationship of Yin and Yang is very complex, the idea behind it is still very simple. First, life is constantly in a state of flux. The more we become in alignment with this, the less stress arises within our life. Second, the best way of living life is within balance. However, balance is different for everyone, so it is your job to decide what balance means to you. And last, we are all dependent on each other, whether we are aware of that or not, is irrelevant. These days we may not see how our food is grown and watch it arrive at the grocery store but we still rely on the farmer and mother earth to grow it. If we try to stay aware of our own personal balances, the chances of us living a high quality life greatly increases.

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Seattle Acupuncture-The Stomach Meridian

The stomach in Chinese medicine has the same function as the stomach in western medicine. The stomach’s job is to receive food and begin the degrading process of food. The stomach works in conjunction with the spleen to take energy from the food we eat and transport it throughout our bodies.

The stomach meridian is one of the bigger meridians with 45 acupuncture points. The meridian runs from bottom of the eye, down the front of the body, down the lateral side of the leg to the tip of the second toe. The stomach meridian can also be called the Foot Yang Ming Channel and its paired meridian is the large intestine meridian otherwise known as the Hand Yang Ming Channel. The time of the stomach meridian is from 7-9 am which shows how eating a good breakfast can really benefit the body. The stomach is a yang organ and its pair yin organ is the spleen. A healthy stomach can be shown by a thin white coating on the tongue. The energy flow of the stomach is in a downward direction. When the stomach is having trouble staying in balance (like when we eat too much food) the energy can shift directions causing hiccups and burping. Once the energy moves through the stomach meridian, the next meridian it enters is the spleen meridian. Below are the most commonly used points on the stomach channel and their functions.

ST-6- great point for jaw pain

ST-7- great point for jaw pain

ST-14-18- great points for opening up the chest

ST-25- This is a very common point used for digestive issues including constipation, diarrhea, bloating, and food stagnation.

*all the stomach points on the abdomen can be used to help the digestive system

ST-34- great point for acute stomach aches

ST-35- This point is part of the “eyes” of the knee and is used commonly to treat knee pain.

ST-36- This point is the most commonly used acupuncture point of all times. Its functions are vast including tonifying the entire body, helping the digestive tract, balancing the meridians and increasing someone’s energy.

ST-40- This point is used to drain phlegm from the body and to help the function of the spleen.

ST-44- This is a great point to help release heat from the body, especially the stomach.

These are the most commonly used stomach points in acupuncture.

Seattle Acupuncture-Large Intestine Meridian

The functions of the large intestines in Chinese medicine are similar to the functions of the large intestines in western medicine. The large intestines receive waste from the small intestines, they excrete waste from the body, and they reabsorb water. It is a yang organ whose paired yin organ are the lungs. The time of day when the large intestines are at their peak function is between 5-7am in the morning. This suggests that having a bowel movement in the morning is preferred over any other time during the day. Here is the large intestine meridian.

The large intestine meridian is one of the biggest energy channels in the body. Another name for this meridian is the Hand Yang Ming meridian. Its partner is The Foot Yang Ming, better known as the stomach meridian. This implies an inner relationship between the stomach and the large intestines. The large intestine meridian runs from the tip of the finger (LI-1) to the corner of the nose (LI-20). It is a meridian that is used quite commonly to treat many symptoms, mainly due to its high energy reservoir and its ability to impact the stomach. Below is a list of the most common points on the large intestine meridian and their functions. Once the energy in the body moves through the large intestine meridian, it then moves into the stomach meridian.

LI-4- This is the point that tells the large intestines how to do their job. It is also used to release colds from the body, to remove pain from the body, frontal headaches and other digestive issues. LI-4 is part of “the four gates” which is a common point combination to move Qi (energy) in the body. The other point in “the four gates” is Liver-3.

LI-5- Removes heat from the digestive tract, stops gum bleeding and calms the spirit.

LI-6- Connects the large intestines meridian to the lung meridian. It helps the lungs regulate water.

LI-7- detoxifies the digestive tract, harmonizes the stomach and intestines.

LI-8- Harmonizes the small intestines

LI-9- Harmonizes the large intestines

LI-10- Harmonizes the stomach. This point is the paired point on the arms to the very famous point Stomach 36 on the legs. This is one of the best points for harmonizing the stomach.

LI-11- This is one of the biggest cooling points in the body. It releases heat not only in the digestive tract but the entire body.

LI-15- Very common point used to help relieve shoulder pain.

LI-20- A very common point used to drain nasal fluids when someone has nasal congestion.

Seattle Acupuncture- The Lung Meridian

The lungs in Chinese medicine have many functions. They are in charge of grasping the energy from the outside world (air) which we call Qing Qi. When the lungs are functioning in balance they descend and disperse the Qing Qi throughout the entire body. The lungs regulate water passages by circulating and excreting fluids. The health of the lungs is reflected in our skin and the hair on our skin. Any kind of rashes, acne or skin trouble can possibly be a dysfunction of the lungs. Last, the emotion of the lungs is grief. When we are impacted by grief in our lives, the lungs or the chest is typically involved in some way.
 
In western medicine we can find correlations to the function of the lungs in Chinese medicine. In terms of Qing Qi and the descending and dispersing function of the lungs, this is the equivalent of the function of hemoglobin in our blood. Hemoglobin supplies every cell in our body with oxygen; when we inhale, the hemoglobin descends oxygen and disperses it via the circulation system. The function of circulating and excreting fluids can be explained by noticing the amount of fluids we lose through our breath and the close relationship our lungs have with the heart and the circulation system. The reflection of the lungs in the skin can be shown by many examples including the blue color our skin turns when we are having trouble breathing. And last, when we have experience grief in our lives, many people have the sensation of a tight chest and shallow breath. This is why the Chinese place grief in the lungs. These are all the functions of the lungs in Chinese medicine. Below is the lung meridian.
 

 
The lung meridian is the first meridian out of the twelve meridians. The next meridian the energy flows into is the large intestine. Another name for the lung meridian is the Hand Tai Yin and its partner, the Foot Tai Yin, is the spleen meridian. The lungs are considered a yin organ and its paired yang organ is the large intestine. There are 11 acupuncture points on the lung meridian and the channel runs bilaterally. The meridian starts from lung 1 (LU-1) located in the first intercostal space, about 1 unit (cun) inferior to the depression below the clavicle and medial to the coracoid process and proceeds to lung 11 (LU-11) located at the bottom corner of the thumb nail. The time of the lungs is 3am-5am, the season is fall, the emotion is grief, the color is white and the element is metal. Each point along the meridian has a different function. Below is a description of the most common points used on the lung channel.
 
LU-1- stores extra energy for the lungs. It helps with coughing, wheezing, breathing difficulties, asthma, colds.
 
LU-2- unblocks the lungs, helps with coughing, wheezing, and drains heat.
 
LU-5- clears heat from the lungs, unblocks fluid congestion in lungs, treats coughing, asthma and colds.
 
LU-6- great point for acute lung problems.
 
Lu-7- connects the lungs with its paired organ, the large intestines. This point brings energy from the large intestine meridian into the lungs to help clear up lung problems. It is a very effective point for lung issues.
 
LU-9- this is the controlling point of the lungs and is the main point for telling the lungs how to do their job. When the lungs are not functioning this point helps regulate the lungs back to balance.
 
LU-10- a great point for sore throats during a cold
 
LU-11- a great point for clearing heat from the lungs. We usually squeeze a drop of blood out of this point to help drain heat.

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