Daoshing Ni, D.O.M, L.Ac., Ph.D, Dipl.C.H.
Frequently during your acupuncture treatments, your
acupuncturist will place these ever so tiny needles on top of your head.
They are virtually pain-free and at times they give a very nice calming
feeling throughout the whole body. What are these points and what are
One of the most common points at the very top of our head is called
Baihui or DU 20. It is literally translated as "the meeting of the hundreds."
It means a place where all the energies of our body converge and meet.
It is a very powerful point and is used for many purposes.
To begin with, it has a wonderful calming effect. If your pulse feels
wiry or tense, acupuncturists usually will select it this point. If you:
- are under stress or much tension in your life
- suffer from depression and
- suffer from irregular sleep patterns
This point is also the meeting point of all the Yang energy of your
body. Translated it means by gently stimulating this point you will have
an increased energy level and better mental focus and relaxation at the
same time. It is therefore selected for chronic fatigue, lethargy, and
poor mental focus and memory. This is also a point that is used to
strengthen endocrine functions. Therefore, is frequently used in
hypothyroidism, hormone weakness, and adrenal insufficiencies. As one of
the highest points of the body, it is considered as the master point of
all endocrine glands and nervous system.
Another point is behind your neck, called Fengchi
or GB 20. It is literally
translated as "the Pond of Wind." It is another powerful point with many
purposes. Foremost, it is used for headaches and neck pains. It is a
point that frequently carries the physical tension of the body. When our
immunity is under siege, fighting sickness such as a common cold, this
point can become tender and achy upon touch. It is also a very good
point for regulating blood pressure and blood circulation.
These two points are just some of the many points in your head used for
many different conditions. So next time, when you get "needled" in these
points, you will know why!