That’s the Point!  Acupuncture Points for Pain….

Some of the most effective points to use in acupuncture are local points of tenderness. These points are referred to as Ah Shi points, which in Chinese literally means "That’s the point.

Ah Shi points are especially effective in the treatment of pain and are often used in conjunction with local and distal acupuncture points.


Ah Shi points were first mentioned during the Tang Dynasty (founded in 618 AD) in the classic book Thousand Ducat Prescriptions. These points become spontaneously tender when disease or injury occurs, or in locations where Qi has become congested. They are not among the regular acupuncture points on a specific meridian or pathway.

Ah Shi point locations are not fixed; they are the points that, upon palpation, are the most sensitive. In many cases a small knot or pea sized nodule can be felt under the skin at these points of tenderness.

If you have pain, palpate around the area of pain to see if you can find the Ah Shi points.

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