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 6: The Small Intestine Meridian
Part 5 of our LED Light Therapy & Acupuncture blog series had us exploring the main acupoints of the Heart Meridian. In this latest installment, we’ll be investigating the Small Intestine Meridian (SI).
Yang to the Heart Meridian’s yin, the Small Intestine Meridian focuses on digestion, water and nutrient absorption, and bowel functions, along with mental and emotional elements like indecision, muddled thoughts, restlessness and emotional expression.
Originating in the tip of the little finger, the Small Intestine Meridian travels up the arm to the shoulder, and through the neck to the cheek, terminating at the ear.
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Major Small Intestine Meridian Acupoints
Today we’ll be taking a look at the Small Intestine Meridian’s Ting Point, Source Point, Accumulation Point and Alarm Point.
The small intestine’s Ting Point, referred to as SI 1 with the English title Lesser Marsh, is located at the tip of the little finger. This acupoint is engaged to remedy issues both local and at the opposite end of the meridian.
- Pain or weakness of arm and shoulder
- Breast disorders
- Clearing heat around the head
- Eye redness, ear issues, sore throat
Abbreviated SI 4, the Small Intestine Meridian’s Source Point is located at the base of the little finger. Referred to as the Wrist Bone acupoint, it also aids with both local and opposite-end issues.
- Finger, hand, wrist, arm and shoulder problems
- Neck pain, headache
With the beautiful English name Nursing the Aged, the small intestine’s Accumulation Point is abbreviated SI 6, and it can be found near the wrist. Restoring the flow of qi at this acupoint can alleviate a number of issues affecting seniors, including:
- Acute arm, shoulder, neck pain
- Deafness, tinnitus, poor vision, upper body stiffness
- fatigued and strained extremities
Lastly, we have the Small Intestine Meridian’s Alarm Point, which is found in the Conception Vessel. Abbreviated CV 4, called the Origin Pass, this acupoint aids with:
- General deficiencies of yin, yang, qi and blood
- Kidney deficiencies
- Excessive or deficient urine issues
- Deficient menstrual issues
- Fertility issues
LED Light Therapy as an Alternative to Acupuncture
Those with an aversion to needles are finding that acupuncture using light therapy — referred to as photopuncture, light acupuncture and other terms — achieves remarkably similar results.
Coupled with other benefits like no bleeding, risk of infection or having to endure pain or discomfort, it’s easy to see why light therapy acupuncture is gaining in popularity.
Not only are record numbers of patients investigating the treatment for themselves or loved ones, but more health care professionals than ever are pursuing training in LED light therapy in order to add it to their repertoire of services.
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Be sure to come back next month when we explore the Kidney Meridian.