Education, Wellness / Self-Care

The 411 on Acupuncture points

It operates based off energy meridians in the body.

words by: Natasha Marsh
May 28, 2022

Acupuncture points are specific defined areas on the skin, that are known as certain landmarks of the body. Originally, pictographs showed holes in the skin where qi energy (vital energy) could flow. But first, let’s talk about what this practice is and where the acupoints come in when it comes to the practice.


What exactly is acupuncture?

A medicinal practice, acupuncture has been a traditional and important part of Chinese culture. 2000 years old, acupuncture was used to re-center someone’s energy using tiny needles that are inserted into the body. So, an acupuncture point is essentially where the needle goes to make sure acupuncture works.


To detect an acupuncture point, we have to talk about energy meridians. Think of a meridian as a highway of energy in your body. The flow of this energy is called Qi (chee). The point of acupuncture is to activate and restore the parts of this energetic highway that are broken down or out of order. When this happens, that person is prone to illness.


12 energy meridians connect the body’s organs, and they begin at the fingertips, flow through the brain, and then branch off to each organ. However, acupuncture usually functions on 3 meridians: The large intestine, the spleen, and the liver.


Cool, so how does it work?

Here’s what happens: Pressure will be applied to the body with needles, palms, elbows, or feet to the points on the meridians. Treatment can also include a massage or stretching, so the session won’t just include the needles. However, throughout, you can receive up to hundreds of needles based on the meridians.


What are the benefits?

Like we stated before, the point is to activate and restore the energy meridians. Why is that important? Not only to negate illness, but to restore balance. Negative energy, or yin, and positive energy, or yang, need to be equally restored.


The medicinal practice isn’t only used to restore balance, though. People get acupuncture to treat back, knee, and head pain. Additionally, people use it for relaxation and wellness. Acupuncture also boosts energy, endorphins, and circulation, as well as eases muscle tension.


What are the different types of acupuncture?

Yes, there are 3 different types of the practice, due to the 3 meridians it usually focuses on, like stated above. The first, Body, focuses on the muscles and tendons deep below the skin. Next, Ear, focuses on the depth of the ears above its cartilage. And finally, Wrist, is great for nausea and arthritis.


Got it, does it hurt?

I mean, pain is relative. But generally, it’s common to feel discomfort, especially if you are treating muscular pain or soreness. I accidentally pulled a shoulder muscle a couple of days ago, and if I decided to receive acupuncture for this pain, I’d be really uncomfortable. But the benefits occur after the session, and you’ll also feel your body’s energy cleansed and balanced.


Another benefit of acupuncture might be anti-aging—read more about that here.