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Dr.Jin's Acu-Reflex Therapy
Dr.Jin's Acu-Reflex Therapy

In modern clinical acupuncture, many alternative names of acupoints are proposed to describe the properties of acupoints or stimulation locations. These include reflex points, reaction points, sensitive points, tender spots, electro-permeable points, as well as trigger points. They often appear in miscellaneous articles, reports, or textbooks, but their definitions are generally vague and may confuse the readers.


Strictly speaking, those locations on the body surface with a detectable response due to reflective mechanisms are simply called reflex points, which can also be referred as reaction points. However, the name of reaction points is overemphasized in the regional responses or reactions and it does not indicate the mechanisms of reflex. Tender spots are used to represent reflex points that mainly have regional tenderness. Regional reactions of reflex points may manifest in other forms, such as low electrical resistance of the skin. Accordingly, reflex points may also be called electro-permeable points. Those with miscellaneous reactions or hypersensitivity are also called sensitive points. Trigger points is widely known in the West. According to the definition, trigger points are located on the hypersensitive regions in soft tissues, especially muscles, where there is tenderness or referred tingling, numbness, burning, or itching sensations upon pressing. In these descriptions, reflex points are the most appropriate in expressing reflective connections between certain locations on the body surface with corresponding viscera or other tissues. The reflex zone is composed of reflex points that possess similar reflective connections and are closely distributed, even merged into clusters.