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Acupuncture Point Contraindications and Precautions



Acupuncture Point Contraindications and Precautions

Acupuncture is a safe and effective form of medicine. Complications from the clinical application of acupuncture are extremely rare and side effects, if any, are limited. There are a number of guidelines, however, which govern the use of particular acupuncture points. A precaution may be related to use in certain conditions, with particular techniques, or because of a points location. We have listed the commonly accepted contraindications and precautions below.

Note: It is worth noting that these are general guidelines and there are cases, techniques a/or styles of acupuncture where a practitioner may still use a point or technique even if it is listed here as a precaution.

Complete List of Precautions by Meridian

Meridian/Point

Contraindication

Meridian/Point

Contraindication

Lung - LU Large Intestine - LI
LU 1 NDN Toward Sternum LI 1 No Moxa
LU 2 NDN Toward Sternum LI 4 No Moxa, No Needle in PG
LU 3 No Moxa LI 13 AA
LU 5 No Moxa LI 19 No Moxa
LU 9 AA LI 20 No Moxa
LU 11 No Moxa
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Pericardium - PC Triple Heater - TH
PC 1 NDN TH 19 AA, No Bleeding
TH 22 AA
TH 23 No Moxa
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Heart - HT Small Intestine - SI
HT 1 AA SI 18 No Moxa
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Spleen - SP Stomach - ST
SP 6 No Needle in PG ST 1 No Moxa, Slow Insertion, No Manipulation
SP 12 AA ST 2 No Moxa, NDN
ST 5 AA
ST 8 No Moxa
ST 9 No Moxa, AA, NDN
ST 12 AA, NDN
ST 13 thru ST 18 Oblique Insert Only
ST 17 No Needle (landmark only), No Moxa
ST 42 AA
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Liver - LV Gall Bladder - GB
LV 12 No Needle GB 1 No Moxa
LV 14 NDN GB 3 NDN
GB 9 No Moxa
GB 21 No Needle in PG, No Needle w/history of heart disease
GB 22 No Moxa
GB 33 No Moxa
GB 42 No Moxa
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KD UB
KD 21 NDN, Avoid Liver on Right Side UB 1 No Moxa, Slow Insertion, No Manipulation
KD 22 NDN, Avoid Heart UB 2 No Moxa
KD 23 thru KD 27 NDN, Needle Obliquely UB 3 No Moxa
UB 6 No Moxa
UB 8 No Moxa
UB 10 No Moxa
UB 30 No Moxa
UB 31, 32, 33 & UB 34 No Needle in PG
UB 40 No Moxa, not even pole
UB 67 No Moxa, except to turn breech
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Conception Vessel - CV Governing Vessel - GV
CV 2 thru CV 7 NDN in PG & NPN in advanced PG GV 4 No Moxa in males under 20
CV 8 No Needle GV 6 No Moxa
CV 9 thru CV 15 NPN in advanced PG GV 15 NDN, No Moxa
GV 16 NDN, No Moxa
GV 22 & GV 23 No Moxa, No Needle in infants with metopism
GV 25 No Moxa
GV 26 No Moxa
GV 27 No Moxa
GV 28 No Moxa

Precautions for Pregnancy

LI 4, SP 6, GB 21
UB 31 thru UB 34
CV 2 thru CV 7 (NDN in PG, NPN in advanced PG) & CV 9 - CV 15 (NPN in advanced PG)

Precautions for Moxa

LU 3, 5, 8, 11
LI 1, 4, 19, 20
TH 23
SI 18
ST 1, 2, 8, 9
GB 1, 9, 22, 33, 42
UB 1, 2, 3, 6, 8, 10, 30, 40, 67
GV 4 (in males under 20), GV 6, 15, 16, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28

Precautions for Ateries

LU 8, LU 9
LI 13
TH 19, TH 22
HT 1
SP 12
ST 5, ST 9, ST 12, ST 42





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