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Updated: Apr 18, 2023

In Chinese Medicine, a Yuan 元 Source Point is a reservoir of primordial energy from the vital organs, which is distributed much like oceans to the rivers and streams, to the rest of the body. There are twelve source points, all located at the wrists and ankles. Clinical research has shown these source points to have lower electrical resistance and higher electrical potential than other sites (***), signifying powerful potential for unblocking obstructions.

Primordial qi, also called Essence Qi, is the most fundamental qi we work with in the body, that which we inherited from our ancestors at birth. It is nourished, enhanced, and refined, by our food, our lifestyle, all our relationships, and our engagement with the world. In stimulating these points, we signal the body to source from a deeper well within. Acupuncture directs the vital energy of meridians, regulates the proper functioning the internal organs, reinforces anti-pathogenic factors and eliminates pathogenic factors. These acupuncture sessions clarify the mind, relieve restlessness and disease, repair tissues, restore the broken connections in the energetic lines in the body, and return us closer to our true nature -- the one that is in greater harmony with itself and all.

***Reference: Du T, Ren Y, Sun T, Lai Z, Liang F. [Exploration of action and significance of yuan-source point for clinical diagnosis based on literature metrology]. Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2016 Aug 12;36(8):831-834. Chinese. doi: 10.13703/j.0255-2930.2016.08.014. PMID: 29231569.

The 12 Source Points of the 12 organs: Lungs, Pericardium, Heart, Liver, Gall Bladder, Spleen, Stomach, San Jiao, Kidneys, Large Intestine, Small Intestine, and Bladder.

What We Treat

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) include the following as acupuncture-appropriate conditions:

  • Addiction

  • Anxiety

  • Arthritis

  • Asthma

  • Back pain

  • Bronchitis

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome

  • Chronic fatigue

  • Colitis

  • Common cold

  • Constipation

  • Dental pain

  • Depression

  • Diarrhea

  • Digestive trouble

  • Dizziness

  • Dysentery

  • Emotional problems

  • Eye problems

  • Facial palsy/tics

  • Fatigue

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Gingivitis

  • Headache

  • Hiccough

  • Incontinence

  • Indigestion

  • Infertility

  • Irritable bowel

  • Menopause

  • Menstrual irregularities

  • Migraine

  • Morning sickness

  • Nausea

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Pain

  • Pneumonia

  • Premenstrual syndrome

  • Reproductive problems

  • Rhinitis

  • Sciatica

  • Seasonal affective disorder

  • Shoulder pain

  • Sinusitis

  • Sleep disturbance

  • Smoking

  • Sore throat

  • Stress

  • Tennis elbow

  • Tonsillitis

  • Tooth pain

  • Trigeminal neuralgia

  • Urinary tract infection

  • Vomiting

  • Wrist pain



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