Welcome to our LED Light Therapy and Acupuncture Series
Each month, starting in June 2021 and continuing for the next 14 months, we will be featuring one of the TCM Meridians we use with our lights. Be sure to come back regularly and stay informed.
Part 5: The Heart Meridian
After covering the Stomach Meridian in last month’s installment of our blog series, this month we’ll be investigating the Heart Meridian.
Yin to the Small Intestine Meridian’s yang, the Heart Meridian governs emotions and speech, as well as the adrenals, thyroid and prostate.
The Heart Meridian’s descending branch originates at the heart, passing through the diaphragm to connect with the small intestine. Its ascending branch travels from the heart, along the esophagus to connect with the eye system. Its direct branch runs to the lung and on to the armpit and down the arm.
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Major Heart Meridian Acupoints
The major Heart Meridian acupoints we’ll be focusing on are the Accumulation Point, Source Point, Ting Point and Alarm Point.
Referred to in English as the Yin Cleft, the heart’s Accumulation Point has the abbreviation HE 6. Located at the inside of the wrist, this acupoint aids with a variety of issues, including:
- Night sweats
- Chest pain from blood stasis and palpitations
- Mania, anxiety, loss of voice
- Vomiting blood, nosebleeds
The Heart Meridian’s Source Point is called the Spirit Gate, designated HE 7. Located quite close to HE 6, this acupoint is engaged to assist with both physical and emotional issues as well, including:
- Tonification of the blood and Heart Meridian’s qi.
- Heart and phlegm conditions related to anxiety, mania and loss of sleep
- Physical symptoms of emotional issues, like nausea and palpitations due to anxiety
The Ting Point of the Heart Meridian is located at the tip of the little finger. Called the Lesser Surge, designated HE 9, this acupoint helps alleviate:
- Issues at the opposite end of the channel, like eye pain and mouth sores
- Emotional issues like anxiety, panic attacks and depression
- Pain and distention in the abdominal region
Lastly, we have the Heart Meridian’s Alarm Point. Named the Great Tower Gate, this acupoint is part of the Conception Vessel Meridian. Designated CV 14, it is located just below the sternum. This acupoint is engaged to relieve:
- Nausea, vomiting, acid reflux, abdominal pain
- Manic depression, anxiety, anger, poor memory, clouded thinking
- Cough, asthma
LED Light Therapy as an Alternative to Acupuncture
Referred to as laser acupuncture, photopuncture and similar terms, this particular form of light therapy replaces the traditional metallic needles used in acupuncture with concentrated light at red and near-infrared wavelengths.
Studies have shown remarkable results, leading to calls for further trials to explore the depth and breadth of the overlap between LED light and traditional needles in the performance of acupuncture therapy. Given the obvious advantages of LED light — no risk of infection, no bleeding issues and no pain or discomfort being chief among them — and how effectively it’s been found to stimulate acupoints along the body’s meridians, it’s no wonder LED light therapy is quickly being incorporated into the field of acupuncture.
A leading tool in the realm of light acupuncture is the AAH Light, used by acupuncturists, veterinarians, physical therapists and many other medical professionals for its well-established, reliable performance — all with less pain, discomfort and potential side effects found with traditional needles.
But don’t take our word for it! Check out this thoroughly comprehensive database of LED Light Therapy trials and studies compiled by Vladimir Heiskanen of Helsinki, Finland.
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Be sure to come back next month for the latest installment of our Meridian series when we explore the Small Intestine Meridian!