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Dr.Jin's Acu-Reflex Therapy
Dr.Jin's Acu-Reflex Therapy
During past few decades, a series of new terms have been proposed to describe the zoning characteristics of acupoint distribution. One of the most influential is the concept of point zoning proposed by researchers at Medical University of Shanxi, China, in 1974. Through investigating pathological sensitive spots on the body surface and analyzing efficacies of acupuncture points, thirty-five point zonings, which are distributed across the entire body, were summarized. They were used to direct clinical acupuncture successfully, and made great contributions to the modernization of acupuncture therapy. However, the proposal of point zonings has distinct weaknesses. The classification of point zonings is not superior to that of the meridian system because it does not discover ultimate distribution rules in sorting efficacies of acupoints or new points. Moreover, the concept of point zonings only describes the property of the meridians being band-shaped, but does not reveal any essence of the meridians, and it is disassociated with the meridian theory. Therefore, it is merely a summary of practical experience at best, but unable to be advanced into a new theory to inherit and develop the meridian theory completely. Because acupoint or reflex point is actually the location on the body surface outputting internal information and inputting treatment information from acupuncture, in 1976, we proposed the concept of information zones to substitute the meridians by creating a simplified model, and illustrated an atlas about three main types of information zones. For the past three decades, the concept of information zones has been developed to a complete theory about the distribution rules of acupuncture points that has extensive clinical applications. However, in order to comply with the international standard and easily to integrate it into the mainstream of contemporary medicine, since 1998, we have further adopted the term of reflex, which is commonly recognized and applied in physiology, to rename  the information zone as reflex zone or whole body reflex zones. Meanwhile, a color atlas of the whole body reflex zones has replaced the preliminary atlas of information zones.