Category Archives: Tuina

He Gu (LI-04)

English translation: Joining Valley

International identity number: LI-04, Large Intestine 4

IMPORTANT: This point is prohibited for use during pregnancy

Point Associations:

  • Yuan-Source point
  • Gao Wu Command point
  • Ma Dan-yang Heavenly Star point

Location:

Midway between the junction of the 1st. and 2nd metacarpal bones (fingers) and the margin of the web.

Needle insertion:

Perpendicular insertion 0.5 – 1.0 cun. Oblique insertion directed proximally 1 to 1.5 cun.

Functions:

  • Dispels, exterior Wind,
  • Releases the Exterior,
  • Stimulates the dispersing function of the Lungs,
  • Stops pain,
  • Removes obstructions from channel by activating the channel and alleviates pain
  • Tonifies Qi and consolidates the Exterior,
  • Harmonises ascending and descending,
  • Regulates the defensive Qi and adjusts sweating
  • Regulates the face, eyes, nose, mouth and ears
  • Induces labour
  • Restores the Yang

He Gu (LI-04) is one of Ma Dan Yang’s ‘Twelve Heavenly Star Points’, long considered the pre-eminent list of the most important acupuncture points.

He Gu (LI-04) is one of the most frequently used of all Acupuncture points and has a wide range of uses. It is particularly useful for all kinds of pain in the face, including eyes, ears, and nose. He Gu (LI-04) is a primary point used in Acupuncture anaesthesia.

He Gu (LI-04) induces Labour. It is used in difficult deliveries, and even to expel retained placenta. He Gu (LI-04) is strongly contraindicated during pregnancy.

The combination known as “the Four Gates” includes He Gu (LI-04) and Taichong (Liv-03) is useful for clearing cold and heat obstructions (pain) of the entire body.  Combined with Quchi (LI 11) it is used to reduce high fever of any cause.

He Gu (LI-04) has the action of expelling pathogens and as such is an excellent immunity booster acu point.

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Wei Zhong – Bl-40

English translation: Supporting Middle or Middle of the Crook

International identity number: Bl-40, UB-40, Urinary Bladder 40

Point Associations:

  • He Sea Point
  • Earth Point
  • Lower He Sea Point of the Urinary Bladder
  • Lumbar Command Point

Location:

In the middle of the popliteal fossa. Midpoint of the transverse crease of the popliteal fossa, between the tendons of biceps femoris and semitendinosis.

Needle insertion:

Perpendicular insertion 1.0 – 1.5 cun, or prick the popliteal vein with the three-edged needle to cause bleeding.

Functions:

  • Clears Heat
  • Resolves Dampness
  • Relaxes the sinews
  • Removes obstructions from the channel
  • Benefits the lumbar region and knees
  • Cools Blood
  • Eliminates stasis of Blood
  • Clears Summer Heat
  • Activates the channel and alleviates pain
  • Benefits the Bladder

Wei zhong (Bl-40) is one of Ma Dan Yang’s ‘Twelve Heavenly Star Points’, long considered the pre-eminent list of the most important acupuncture points.

Wei Zhong (Bl 40) as the Lumbar Command point, is an excellent point for any low back condition, acute or chronic, muscle spasm. It is one of the main points for heat conditions such as summer heat, heatstroke and heat exhaustion. He-Sea points are where the Qi of the meridian collects and goes deep into the body. He-sea points are known to indicated treat rebellious Qi and diarrhoea. It is also known to help skin conditions, itching, oozing, inflammation, etc.. Good local point for leg a/or knee pain.

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Tai Bai – Sp-03

English translation: Greater White

International identity number: Sp-03, Spleen 3

Point Associations:

  • Shu-Stream
  • Yuan-Source
  • Earth point of the Spleen meridian

Location:

  • On the medial and proximal to the 1st. meta-tarso-phalangeal joint at the junction of the red and white skin.

Needle insertion:

  • Perpendicularly 0.3-0.5 inch. Moxibustion is applicable.

Functions:

  • Strengthens the Spleen
  • Resolves Damp and damp-heat
  • Strengthens the spine
  • Harmonises the Spleen and Stomach
  • Regulates Qi

Tai Bai (Sp-03) is an important when we want to regulate digestive metabolism especially those with excess pathologies. You can use moxibustion on this point to treat Spleen Yang deficiency.  You should also consider Tai Bai for abdominal distention, epigastric pain, constipation, dysentery, vomiting, diarrhea, borborygmus, sluggishness or heaviness in the body, muscle atrophy in the lower legs

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Zhao Hai – K-06

English translation: Shining Sea

International identity number: K-06, Kd-06, KI-06, Kid-06, Kidney 6

Point Associations:

  • Master point of the Yin Qiao Mai (Yin Heel vessel), (couple with Lieque Lu-07)

Location:

In the depression of the lower border of the medial malleolus, or 1 cun below the medial malleolus.

Functions:

  • Nourishes Yin
  • Benefits the eyes
  • Calms the Mind (Shen)
  • Invigorates the Yin Qiao Mai (Heel Vessel)
  • Cools Blood,
  • Benefits the throat
  • Promotes the function of the uterus
  • Opens the chest
  • Nourishes the Kidneys and clears Empty Heat (Deficiency Heat)
  • Regulates the lower Jiao

Zhao Hai (K-06) is the primary point to nourish Kidney Yin, which nourishes total Yin of ther body and as such is included in nearly every prescription of points when the practitioner wants to nourish Yin. It is used to benefit the throat from any pathology and especially when there is dryness or Yin deficiency. It is combined with Lei Que (Lu-07) to reconnect Lungs with Kidney to treat the grasping function of the Kidneys when there is inability to “catch the breath”.  It is also used for constipation especially when due to Kidney Deficiency. YOU can also use it to treat night time fears and fright.

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Poster – Five Elements / Phases – Wu Xing


 

Five Elements/Phases

By Jamu shur in Healthy Posters

2 pages, published 2/14/2014

The Five Elements/Phases, translated from Wu Xing, is an exceptional ancient form of traditional medicine. This poster stays true to the original texts of the Wu Xing masters who used this method to treat a wide variety of conditions.It contains the Wu Xing acupoints of the 12 Zang Fu Organs and the Mother and Child acupoints (Tonification and Sedation points).Also included is the Horary Clock which is used to diagnose and treat the Patterns…

Yin Tang

English translation: Hall of Seal

Location: is located Midway between the medial ends of the eyebrow

Functions:
Calms the Mind, Eliminates Wind, Stops convulsions, Promotes sleep,
Yin Tang is one of the most popularly used acupoints on the body. This point lies midway between the inside edges of the eyebrows, in the area designated by many cultures as the “third eye”.

Yin tang is an Extra point meaning that it does not belong to any particular organ or meridian. It is one of many “Extra” acupuncture points that have been recorded over the centuries to have very specific functions. It is interesting that it is can be found on the Ren meridian yet does not have an Ren number, unlike most acupoints that lie along meridians (like the Heart or Spleen meridian).

Yin Tang has a very powerful action of calming the mind and is used to treat symptoms like insomnia, anxiety and feelings of agitation. Yin Tang is often used to treat nasal and sinus congestion, rhinitis (runny nose), and nose bleed.

Yin Tang, because of its location close to the eyes, it can be used to treat eye disorders and can be stimulated very easily by Tuina or acupressure. Be careful not to press too hard, gently rubbing of the acupoint often brings on calmness, peace and will increase circulation to the eyes. Yin Tang is an excellent acupoint to treat the eyes, headaches, and stress.

Yin Tang is also used to treat hypertension and dizziness and has cosmetic value as it is often used as part of facial rejuvenation.
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Zu San Li

English translation: Leg Three Miles

International identity number: St-36 or Stomach 36

Location: is located just one finger breath off the upper shin. It’s found about a width of the hand below the patella border, just outside the prominent tibia bone (see picture inset).

Zu san Li (St-36) is one of Ma Dan Yang’s ‘Twelve Heavenly Star Points’, long considered the pre-eminent list of the most important acupuncture points.

You can also find it yourself, by sliding the tip of your finger up along the outside of the tibia until you feel a depression of soft muscle.

The Qi-point can have a strong sensation when pressure is applied, that does not ease after about 30 seconds.

Functions:
Benefits Stomach and Spleen, Tonifies Qi and Blood, Dispels Cold, Strengthens the body, Brightens the eyes, Regulates Ying and Wei Qi, Regulates the Intestines, Raises Yang,

Ancient physicians said working on this point could treat all diseases.
Chinese foot soldiers used to halt every three miles and massage Stomach 36 for renewed energy.
Restores and builds energy in the stomach and spleen.
Strengthens the stomach and improves digestion.
Indicated for all digestive disturbances including gas, bloating, nausea, diarrhea and constipation.
Alleviates abdominal pain, distention, coldness and numbness in the legs.

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Yang Ling Quan

English translation: Yang Mount Spring

International identity number: GB-34 or Gall Bladder 34

Location: Yang Ling Quan is located just below the knee on the lateral (little toe) side of the leg (see enclosed image).

To find it yourself, slide your finger up the outside of your leg until you hit a bony prominence. That’s the head of your fibula bone, and Yang Ling Quan is located just slightly in front of and below where the bone protrudes.

Functions:
Promotes the smooth flow of Liver Qi, Resolves Damp Heat, Removes obstructions from the channel, Relaxes the sinews, Subdues rebellious Qi,

Yang Ling Quan (GB-34) is one of Ma Dan Yang’s ‘Twelve Heavenly Star Points’, long considered the pre-eminent list of the most important acupuncture points.

James O’Sullivan from Galway is a credible and engaging speaker, a people friendly practitioner and lecturer of Integrated Medicine, serving his patients, his students and the public with the positive benefits of both Conventional Western Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine. He is a respected author and has appeared on many public media.

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San Yin Jiao

English translation: Three Yin Intersection. This is the meeting point of the three Yin channels (spleen, kidney and liver).

International identity number: Sp-06 or Spleen 06

IMPORTANT: This point is prohibited for use during pregnancy

Location: on the inside of the lower leg, 4 finger width above the malleolus (or ankle bone).

To find it yourself, place the little finger of your hand against the highest tip of the malleolus resting the flat of your hand against your leg. the Qi-point is found at that level just behind the bone.

Functions:
Strengthens the Spleen, Resolves Damp, Promotes the function of the Liver and the smooth flowing of Liver Qi, Tonifies the Kidneys, Nourishes Blood and Yin, Benefits urination, Regulates the uterus, Moves Blood and eliminates stasis, Cools Blood, Stops pain, Calms the Mind,

Important for treatment of all gynecological, sexual, urinary, digestive and emotional imbalances.
Nourishes and builds the blood.
Use in the treatment of anxiety, insomnia, headaches, menstrual cramps, abdominal distention/pain and diabetes.
Contraindicated during pregnancy.

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Tuina Acupressure for Promoting Health

Next Course Dates and Duration:

  • Saturday & Sunday – May 21st and 22nd – 2016
  • Times: 9:30am to 17:30pm

Tuina Acupressure For Health and Emotional Well being (2 day course)

This two day course introduces you to the most powerful and amazing world of acupressure. Explore the healing potential of Acu-points.

This workshop is a great route into energy work if you are a beginner and holds a wealth of opportunities for complementary therapists to expand your skills and insight.


What you will learn:

On the day, you will learn to locate and activate the 6 ‘Master Acu Points’ plus other regular acupoints to effectively treat physical problems anywhere in the body, to help symptoms such as pain, low energy, breathing difficulties, and poor digestion. The course also includes an introduction to the traditional Chinese medicines mind-body aspects of Tuina acupressure, covering 8 principal mind-body disharmony and Acu points to help harmonize psychological stress. Tuina acupressure used in this way helps you understand how your thoughts and feelings influence your health and well being, and activate Acu points to improve how you feel both physically, emotionally and mentally.

Benefits of Tuina

Patients and Clients are often surprised at how quick Tuina can promote recovery from a particular condition. Some of the therapeutic benefits include:

  • Harmonising Yin and Yang
  • Revitalising Qi
  • Removing excesses that imped the flow of physical and emotional blocks
  • Smoothing the meridian channels and collaterals
  • Promoting the circulation of Qi and blood
  • Improving muscle relaxation and stopping spasm.
  • Increases flexibility
  • Improves posture
  • Prevention of future conditions by strengthening the body
  • Increases detoxification of cellular waste
  • Promotes mental relaxation
  • Reduces anxiety
  • Increases body awareness

Tuina is a complete system, able to safely and quickly heal and bring awareness to most of the illnesses that assail the human body, whether internally, affecting internal organ functionality, or externally, affecting joints and muscles.


Teacher:

Your teacher for the course is James O’Sullivan L.Ac. who is a visiting lecturer to Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, a member of the Teaching Council of Ireland, a director of Acupuncture Council of Ireland, he has developed various Tuina and acupuncture courses for a number of colleges in Europe. His lectures and workshops are full with meaningful and useful material delivered in a fun and pragmatic way. James has deep respect traditional Chinese medicine and the gifts of ancient wisdom that are so practical and relevant today.


Tuina Acupressure is practiced over clothes. Please wear loose cloths for the day.

Dates: See Calendar (Scroll through)


Award:


Who is the course for:

  • Everyone with a desire to learn Chinese Tuina Acupressure for Health.  Practitioners and lay people alike will enjoy this course. The content will challenge you as all our courses will but the two days will be fun and interesting.

Where:


Fee:

  • €180 which include notes.
  • Places limited to 12 acupuncturists for maximum tuition and lecturer participation.
  • Policy of Payment in Advance – Why?
  • Cancellation Policy – See below

First complete the online application form to let us know who you are and how we can contact you. The application process is simple and completely online. If this course requires prior qualifications and we require evidence of your qualifications we will write to you separately.


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Cancellation Policy

Less than 3 days notice or “no show”: no refund
Greater than 3 days but less than 14 days notice: 50% refund
Greater than 14 days but less than 30 days notice: 70% refund
Greater than 30 days notice: Full refund

What happens after I complete the application form and pay my Fee

Within a couple of days, I will write to you with all the necessary details on the course.


Frequently Asked Question

Sheila asks: I am a trained holistic masseuse but I’m not practicing, would I still be eligible for this course? Is this course suitable for a beginner, I don’t know the acupressure points.

James response: This course is designed for complete beginners. We will cover briefly traditional Chinese medical theory, point location and function as well as a safe practical sequence that will be demonstrated during the workshop and practiced on each other. We welcome absolute mature beginners with no massage experience.