What is an acupoint (acupuncture point)?

Jill Blakeway, MS, LAc
Alternative & Complementary Medicine

There are hundreds of acupoints across the body, located on channels of energy; acupuncture needles inserted at acupoints help open blocked channels. Watch acupuncturist Jill Blakeway discuss how acupoints are selected during acupuncture treatment.

Dr. Daniel Hsu, DAOM
Alternative & Complementary Medicine
Acupoints or Acupuncture points can be specific points that are pre-determined. They can also be "Ashi" or local points that are found on the body by the practitioner. Since Ashi points can be anywhere, there is an umlimited number of them.
Some areas of the body such as the scalp, wrists and ankles have acupuncture lines. In those areas, needles are threaded under the skin along the line. In other areas of the body such as the ear, there are acupuncture zones where a needles can be placed anywhere in the zone.
An acupoint is a specific spot on the body where an acupuncture needle may be inserted to control pain and other symptoms. It is also called an acupuncture point.

This answer is based on source information from The National Cancer Institute.

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