Point Location 1
Point location is a vitally important clinical skill which must be mastered for the effects of acupuncture and moxibustion to be fully optimized. This course is designed as an introductory course for first year students, which focuses on channel (meridian) theory, palpation of surface anatomy, and the actual location of acupuncture points. The course will begin with the study of the theory and pathways of the channel system as a whole, acupuncture point theory and proportional measurements of body areas. The majority of time in this class will then be devoted to location of individual points both by means of anatomy and by the traditional channel routes. Functions and indications of the most important points will be discussed. Classes typically begin with lectures and demonstrations and move on to practice in locating points. Both didactic and practical skills will be assessed at the completion of the class. This course is an introductory course for the first year students, which focuses on the location of points. The course will begin with the study of the basic channel and point theory and then the individual points will be discussed by both the geographic section and the channel routes.