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ACUPUNCTURE POINTS

 

 

 

 

THE TOP 5

ACUPUNCTURE POINTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deborah Bleecker, LAc, MSOM

 

 

 

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This book contains the opinions and ideas of the author. It is intended to provide helpful and informative material on the subjects addressed. It is sold with the understanding that the author and publisher are not engaged in rendering medical, health, psychological or any other type of advice or services in the book. If the reader needs personal, medical, health, or other assistance or advice, a competent professional should be consulted.

 

The author and publisher disclaim any responsibility for any liability, loss or risk, either personal or otherwise that occurs as a consequence, directly or indirectly, of the use and application of the contents of this book.

 

Copyright © 2017 by Deborah Bleecker

 

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This e-book is an excerpt of my big point book, Acupuncture Points Handbook. I have removed indications if they do not make sense without the information on how acupuncture works, which is located at the beginning of the book.

 

The purpose of this book is to show you the top five acupuncture points. Some might disagree on my point selection. These are the points that you will see used in acupuncture clinics everywhere. These points are also effective for acupressure.

 

There are 400 acupuncture points that are commonly taught in acupuncture schools. In addition to this, there are other types of acupuncture, which also have their own points. It would not be hard to find 1,000 total acupuncture points on the body. This is one of the reasons that “sham” acupuncture works. It is very difficult to insert a needle and not affect an acupuncture point. Even treating close to the point is often enough to stimulate the point and activate its functions.

 

 

Acupuncture for Pain

Acupuncture treats pain by restoring healthy blood flow. Pain is caused by tissue that is not getting oxygen. Acupuncture activates the meridians, which are like energy highways in your body. You can stimulate a point on the ankle that then opens the meridian where it is located. So if the Spleen meridian is treated, the Spleen meridian opens up and circulation is restored. If the Stomach meridian is treated, anything on the Stomach meridian, or nearby, will benefit from improved blood flow. This is a very simplistic explanation, because acupuncture works in many ways to relieve pain. Points on the ear can be treated to relieve pain also. The area on the ear that is associated with the area that hurts is treated.

 

Internal Diseases

Internal diseases are treated using Chinese medicine diagnosis. Every symptom is associated with an underlying imbalance of an organ. For example, indigestion is related to your Stomach, so when points on the Stomach meridian are treated, your digestion is regulated.

 

Emotional Issues

Emotional issues can be treated via the organ system also. Stress is associated with the Liver in Chinese medicine. Treating Liver 3 will relax your body and relieve stress. Anxiety and insomnia are often associated with the Heart energy, so any points that are chosen that strengthen or regulate the Heart, like Pericardium 6, in this book, will help to relieve insomnia and anxiety.

 

Locating Acupuncture Points

Acupuncture points are located by finding landmarks nearby, which are usually bones. A Cun is pronounced “soon.” That is the width of your thumb. The Cun is used to locate the points. The hand is used to measure areas on the body to locate the points.

 

The image below shows how a Cun is measured. It is the distance of your thumb knuckle. If you are measuring on someone who is a lot larger or smaller than you are, you would use that person’s thumb size as a guide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Large Intestine 4

Between the first and second metacarpal bones, in the middle of the second metacarpal bone, on the radial side.

 

Functions and Common Usage

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p<>{color:#000;}. Allergies

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p<>{color:#000;}. Arm pain

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p<>{color:#000;}. Cold and flu

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p<>{color:#000;}. Constipation

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p<>{color:#000;}. Deafness

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p<>{color:#000;}. Ear infections

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p<>{color:#000;}. Hand pain

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p<>{color:#000;}. Headaches

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p<>{color:#000;}. Hives

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p<>{color:#000;}. Induces labor (it should not be used during pregnancy)

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p<>{color:#000;}. Nosebleed

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p<>{color:#000;}. Regulates sweating

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p<>{color:#000;}. Regulates the face – can treat all face disorders

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p<>{color:#000;}. Regulates the immune system

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p<>{color:#000;}. Regulates the Lungs

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p<>{color:#000;}. Sinus congestion

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p<>{color:#000;}. Sore throat

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p<>{color:#000;}. Toothache, lower jaw

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p<>{color:#000;}. Treats the eyes, nose, mouth, and ears

 

This is one of the most commonly used points on the body. It is used to treat any issue on the head. It is often combined with Liver 3 to strongly relax the body and balance energy circulation, and relieve pain anywhere in the body. This treatment is called “Four Gates.”

 

Large Intestine 4 is indispensable to treat allergies, and colds and flu. Combine it with Large Intestine 11, Stomach 36, and Stomach 40. Treat every two hours. It boosts the immune system so your body can clear viruses. It treats allergies by regulating and strengthening the immune system, so your body stops overreacting. This is the first choice for acupressure to treat headaches. Acupressure is very effective on this point.

Large Intestine 4 is the point most commonly mentioned to treat headaches. It is called the master point for the head. Any head issue can be relieved by using this point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pericardium 6

Located 2 cun above the wrist crease, between the tendons in the middle of the forearm.

 

Functions and Common Usage

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p<>{color:#000;}. Anxiety, calms the mind

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p<>{color:#000;}. Calms the stomach

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p<>{color:#000;}. Expedites and regulates lactation, per one source

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p<>{color:#000;}. Heart pounding, when you feel your heart beating

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p<>{color:#000;}. Heart rhythm disorders (consider Heart 5 also)

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p<>{color:#000;}. Hiccups, it relaxes the diaphragm

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p<>{color:#000;}. Improves chest circulation to treat difficult breathing

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p<>{color:#000;}. Inability to speak or loss of memory after a stroke

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p<>{color:#000;}. Insomnia

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p<>{color:#000;}. Nausea during pregnancy, including morning sickness

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p<>{color:#000;}. Palpitations (when you feel your heart beating)

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p<>{color:#000;}. Regulates the Heart

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p<>{color:#000;}. Regulates the stomach to treat nausea and vomiting

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p<>{color:#000;}. Relieves heart pain, angina

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p<>{color:#000;}. Restores healthy circulation in the chest

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p<>{color:#000;}. Strengthens the Heart

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p<>{color:#000;}. Very calming emotionally, often combined with Heart 7 to treat anxiety

 

This point regulates the stomach, as well as the heart, and the entire chest. It is used to treat anxiety, insomnia, emotional disorders, chest pain, palpitations, and chest fullness.

 

Clinical Notes

This point is one of the most important points on the body. Acupressure is very effective on this point, there are wrist bands for pregnant women to use for morning sickness that apply gentle pressure to this point all day to relieve nausea. I would recommend alternating wrists for this. The points will not be as responsive if they are continually stimulated. You can put the wrist band on one arm for the day or as needed, then switch to the other arm the next day. Acupuncture is very effective to treat the causes of morning sickness.

 

Pericardium 6 is famous for treating nausea due to any cause, because it regulates the Stomach. It opens the chest to relieve chest pain. Be sure to seek qualified care for any chest pain. Chest pain can be caused by many things, including heart attacks, hiatal hernia, acid reflux, and other digestive issues.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stomach 36

Located 3 cun below Stomach 35, and one finger width from the anterior crest of the tibia bone.

 

Functions and Common Usage

Stomach 36 is perhaps the most commonly used point in acupuncture. It has so many functions that I will separate the functions from the indications to make it easier to understand. Acupressure is effective on this point.

 

Regulates and strengthens the Spleen and Stomach

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p<>{color:#000;}. Abdominal pain

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p<>{color:#000;}. Belching

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p<>{color:#000;}. Constipation

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p<>{color:#000;}. Diaphragm spasms

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p<>{color:#000;}. Diarrhea

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p<>{color:#000;}. Difficulty swallowing

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p<>{color:#000;}. Edema, fluid retention

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p<>{color:#000;}. Fatigue

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p<>{color:#000;}. Gastritis

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p<>{color:#000;}. Hiccup

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p<>{color:#000;}. Indigestion

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p<>{color:#000;}. Mastitis

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p<>{color:#000;}. Nausea

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p<>{color:#000;}. Pancreatitis

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p<>{color:#000;}. Poor appetite

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p<>{color:#000;}. Prolapse of organs

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p<>{color:#000;}. Stomach pain

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p<>{color:#000;}. Vomiting

 

Regulates and strengthens the Lungs

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p<>{color:#000;}. Asthma

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p<>{color:#000;}. Breathing difficulty

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p<>{color:#000;}. Cough

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p<>{color:#000;}. Fatigue

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p<>{color:#000;}. Immune system tonic, can be used for allergies, cold and flu, and general immune system weakness

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p<>{color:#000;}. Shortness of breath

 

Regulates and moistens the intestines

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p<>{color:#000;}. Abdominal pain

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p<>{color:#000;}. Appendicitis

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p<>{color:#000;}. Constipation

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p<>{color:#000;}. Diarrhea

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p<>{color:#000;}. Enteritis, inflammation of the intestines

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p<>{color:#000;}. Intestinal abscess

 

Regulates and strengthens the immune system

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p<>{color:#000;}. Allergies

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p<>{color:#000;}. Colds and flu

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p<>{color:#000;}. Hives

 

 

This point is one of the best points on the body to improve energy levels. It improves digestion, and relieves fatigue. It is called “Leg Three Miles,” because the saying goes that even when you are at the point of exhaustion, you can treat this point and walk three more miles.

 

 

Kidney 3

In the depression between the medial malleolus, which is the ankle bone, and the back of the leg. Locate the point halfway between the tip of the medial malleolus and the back of the leg.

 

Functions and Common Usage

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p<>{color:#000;}. Asthma

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p<>{color:#000;}. Deafness

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p<>{color:#000;}. Fatigue from Kidney weakness

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p<>{color:#000;}. Frequent urination

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p<>{color:#000;}. Heel pain

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p<>{color:#000;}. Incontinence

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p<>{color:#000;}. Insomnia

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p<>{color:#000;}. Memory issues

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p<>{color:#000;}. Strengthens Kidney Yang, which is associated with urination issues

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p<>{color:#000;}. Strengthens the lower back and knees, helps to relieve back pain and knee weakness

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p<>{color:#000;}. Strongly strengthens the kidneys

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p<>{color:#000;}. Tinnitus

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p<>{color:#000;}. Urgent urination

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p<>{color:#000;}. Wheezing

 

Kidney 3 is the most important point on the Kidney meridian. It is used to treat any type of kidney issue, including frequent or urgent urination, incontinence, waking at night to urinate, and it calms the fetus. It can be used to treat ear disorders like deafness, tinnitus, as well as kidney stones. It can also treat insomnia that is caused by a kidney weakness.

 

This images shows Kidney 3, 6, and 7. If I had to choose one Kidney point, it would be Kidney 3, but Kidney 6 relieves insomnia and hot flashes, and Kidney 7 relieves incontinence.

 

Clinical Notes

In Chinese medicine, the kidneys are the root of health. If you can keep your kidneys strong and healthy, you will live longer and be healthier. The kidneys are also one of the most important things affecting your energy level. Fatigue can be caused by weak kidneys. I like to combine this point with Kidney 7 and Kidney 6 for a stronger effect.

 

Something to consider about the kidney points is the effect they have on the emotions. The kidneys are associated with drive and willpower. If your kidneys are weak, you will suffer from fatigue and your drive to get ahead will be reduced. For a severe kidney deficiency, Chinese herbs are very effective to quickly restore the emotional aspect of the kidneys. Weak kidneys can also cause you to feel cold in general, as well as cause hot flashes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liver 3

Located between the first and second toes, about 1.5 cun above the web of the toe. Please note that the size of your feet bones determines how far this point is from the toe web, everyone is different. It is located in the depression between the first and second metatarsal bones (bones in the feet).

 

To locate Liver 3 you can run your finger from the toe web to the foot bones, you will find a small indentation right before you get to the bones of the feet.

 

Functions and Common Usage

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p<>{color:#000;}. Blurred vision

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p<>{color:#000;}. Dizziness

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p<>{color:#000;}. Eye conditions

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p<>{color:#000;}. Frequent sighing

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p<>{color:#000;}. Headaches

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p<>{color:#000;}. Hepatitis

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p<>{color:#000;}. Hernia

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p<>{color:#000;}. High blood pressure

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p<>{color:#000;}. Insomnia

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p<>{color:#000;}. Irregular menstruation

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p<>{color:#000;}. Jaundice

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p<>{color:#000;}. Migraine headaches

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p<>{color:#000;}. Morning sickness

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p<>{color:#000;}. Nausea

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p<>{color:#000;}. Regulates blood

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p<>{color:#000;}. Regulates hormones

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p<>{color:#000;}. Relaxes the entire body

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p<>{color:#000;}. Restless fetus disorder, acupuncture helps to calm the baby in utero

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p<>{color:#000;}. Stress relief

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p<>{color:#000;}. Treats depression caused by stress

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p<>{color:#000;}. Uterine prolapse

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p<>{color:#000;}. Vertigo, main point

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p<>{color:#000;}. Vision problems

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p<>{color:#000;}. Vomiting

 

Most people need to have Liver 3 treated. It relieves stress, and it is very relaxing. It treats all diseases that originate in the Liver as viewed by Chinese medicine. It treats migraine headaches and helps to relieve muscle tension. Acupressure is effective on this point. A magnetic pellet can be applied as needed. Remember to remove magnetic pellets after eight hours, or the point will stop responding to treatment temporarily.

 

 

 

 

About the Author

 

 

Deborah Bleecker is a Licensed Acupuncturist, and has a Master of Science degree in Oriental Medicine. A degree in Oriental Medicine is a combination of acupuncture, and Chinese herbal medicine. This is a complete system of medicine that has been used for thousands of years.

 

She was injured on the job in 1994 and lived with chronic pain until she decided she would have to find her own answers to her health problems. Medical doctors told her that her pain was incurable, but she was able to recover with the help of acupuncture and Chinese herbs.

 

She can be reached at [email protected], and her website is www.acupunctureexplained.com.

 

 

 

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Acupuncture Points Handbook includes information on the locations and functions of over 400 acupuncture points. Most of this e-book is an excerpt of this book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Natural Back Pain Solutions includes dozens of natural remedies for back pain. After 20 years of treating back pain as an acupuncturist, I have compiled the best back pain remedies you can buy. You can effectively treat your own back pain with the remedies in this book.

 

Supplement recommendations, as well as information on the best acupressure points for back pain are included. There are many natural options for pain relief. These remedies are safe, and very effective.

 

People often do not believe that back pain can be treated effectively with natural remedies. There is no downside to trying the remedies in this book. They work!

 

 

 

 


Acupuncture Points

How does acupuncture work? This book shows you how, with the top 45 acupuncture points. How to locate the points, and what they do. Each point location and functions are explained in plain English. This book is written for the layperson. Full meridian images are included.

  • ISBN: 9781940146218
  • Author: deborah bleecker
  • Published: 2017-09-06 21:20:21
  • Words: 2226
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