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Ren, Conception Vessel

Ren, Conception Vessel

By Cindy Black / January 28, 2016 /

The Ren – Conception Vessel is one of eight Extraordinary Vessels These Vessels are pathways for Qi, similar to the twelve meridians. The eight Extraordinary Vessels are different than the twelve meridians in that they “run deeper,” acting as reservoirs of Qi. Only two of the eight Extraordinary Vessels have acupoints. The Ren (Conception Vessel) is located…

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Stomach 5 and Stomach 6

Stomach 5 and Stomach 6 Acupressure Points on the Jaw

By Cindy Black / January 21, 2016 /

Stomach 5 and Stomach 6 are used to relieve jaw tension. These two acupressure points are very close together. Differentiating Stomach 5 from Stomach 6 is simple once you understand a few details. Stomach 6 (ST 6) is located in the muscle belly of the masseter muscle (this is one of the powerful muscles used…

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TMJ relief

Acupressure points for TMJ

By Cindy Black / January 14, 2016 /

TMJ  Basics Clenching the teeth, a tight jaw, earaches and headaches can all be attributed to TMJ Syndrome. Let’s have a closer look at TMJ before diving into the acupoints that are indicated for relief. TMJ stands for Temporal Mandibular Joint. “Temporal Mandibular Joint” is the scientific name for “jaw joint.” The movable part of…

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large intestine 20

How to clear your sinuses with Large Intestine 20

By Cindy Black / October 8, 2015 /

Large Intestine 20 (LI 20) to open the nose This is a point that’s easy to locate, and easy to use on yourself and others. Let’s hear a little applause for LI 20! How to locate LI 20 Feel the edge of your nostrils right where they meet the skin of your face. Gently angle pressure between the…

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Points on football player locate acupoints

Locate acupoints on football players!

By Cindy Black / October 4, 2015 /

Watching football has never been this much fun! Locate acupoints– Here is the answer key: Pericardium 6 Gallbladder 34 Large Intestine 11 Large Intestine 4 Gallbladder 30 Spleen 6 Help me out with my personal interest survey: Yes or no – watching the game is more fun when you look for acupoints. Use the comment…

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large intestine 11

Large Intestine 11, "Qu Chi"

By Cindy Black / September 24, 2015 /

Large Intestine 11 is a key point for clearing Heat. Large Intestine 11 (LI 11) is located on the outside end of the crease on the elbow. It’s name Qu Chi, meaning “Pool at the Crook or Bend,” tells us about the location (at the bend of the elbow). Heat in the body manifests in…

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Stomach 36 "Zu San Li"

How to use Stomach 36, "Zu San Li"

By Cindy Black / August 20, 2015 /

Stomach 36 (ST 36) has many uses: 1. To boost the overall Qi (energy) level 2. To boost digestion 3. To soothe digestive complaints 4. To ease any imbalance in the abdomen Originally points were named rather numbered. The name of ST 36 is Zu San Li or “Leg Three Miles.” The name impresses upon…

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Dective searches for Qi

Where is Qi?

By Cindy Black / July 2, 2015 /

You may have heard about the recent discovery of lymphatic vessels in the brain. This discovery is rocking the science world, “we’ll have to re-write the text books!” (1) What stands out to me is the acknowledgement that in order to find something, we have to consciously look for it: As to how the brain’s…

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KD 22 through 27 Located on both sides of the sternum.

Spirit points on the Kidney Meridian

By Cindy Black / June 18, 2015 /

Use Kidney points to Nourish the Spirit The Kidney points (KD 22-27) on the chest are located in the region of the Heart. I find this interesting because the Kidneys correspond to the Water element, and the Heart corresponds to the Fire element. We can use these Kidney points to support the essential balance of…

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In A Heartbeat

Support the Heart with Shu Points

By Cindy Black / June 11, 2015 /

“Use Yang meridians to support Yin Organs.” We can apply this axiom from Chinese medicine by using points on the Bladder meridian (Yang meridian) to support the Heart (Yin meridian). Specifically, use Bladder 14 and Bladder 15 to nourish the Heart. Bladder 14 is the Back Shu point for the Pericardium (Heart Protector), and Bladder…

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