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HOW TO DETERMINE ACUPOINTS TO PUNCTURE?

Selection and determination of acupoints are often the first step of acupuncture therapy. Since more than one acupoints exist for every single disease, most acupuncture practitioners either associate points as outlined in textbooks or draws from their own experiences. For examples, in treating most somatic diseases with classical body acupuncture, such as soft tissue injuries or arthritis, it is suitable to stimulate those points within the affected region, adjacent, or distal parts of the body. In ancient China, tender spots or triggered points emerged at the affected region were referred as Ashi points. Selecting local Ashi points or “points along the course of meridian” has been proven useful and effective by numerous acupuncture trials. In modern practice, Ashi points have been extended and referred to various reflex points with tenderness or other positive reactions that may appear at distal or adjacent areas during ill courses.