TCM Acupuncture Theory - Shokanten Points and the Nine Continent Pulses
Traditional Chinese Medicine utilizies a number of theories which group acupuncture points together based on their functions and/or other relationships. Many of these theories are important in a clinical setting and are used, along with other theory and diagnostic information, to decide which acupuncture points will be used for a given condition.
Below you find information regarding the shokanten points and the nine continent pulses. See our Acupuncture Point Categories section for a complete list of point categories.
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Shokanten Points & the Nine Continent Pulses Theory and Applications
- The Nine Continent Pulses may be used when the when the pulse via the radial artery offers inconclusive information.
- The pulses are also used to aid in the comparative analysis of meridians in the upper and lower portions of the body.
- The Shokanten points are often used to treat conditions arising from a psycho-emotional background. For example, the use of KD 12 when fear is an associated aspect of a child's bedwetting issues.
Shokanten Points & the Nine Continent Pulses Chart
|Upper||Tai Yang||Tai Yang||KD 12||Sides of the Head|
|Middle||TH 21||Shao Yang||ST 25/KD 21||Eyes & Ears|
|Lower||ST 2||Yang Ming||ST 27||Mouth & Teeth|
|Upper||LU 9||Tai Yin||LV 13||Lungs|
|Middle||HT 7||Shao Yin||KD 16||Heart|
|Lower||LI 4||Jue Yin||LV 14/KD 19||Chest|
|Upper||LV 3||Tai Yin||LV 13||Liver|
|Middle||ST 42||Shao Yin||KD 16||Spleen|
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