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Dr. Yoshio Manaka's Modified Mu (Alarm) Acupuncture Points - TJM Theory

Dr. Yoshio Manaka modified the traditional "front mu" acupuncture points based on his research and clinical experience. Manaka's mu points are most often used within Japanese Acupuncture treatments. The information presented below discusses basic theory behind the technique, guidelines for applying the technique and examples of clinical use. Some of the techniques listed here require significant amounts of training to be performed correctly and should only be performed by practitioners who have been trained properly.

Classical Mu (Alarm) Acupuncture Points

Lung LU 1 Urinary Bladder CV 3
Large Intestine ST 25 Kidney GB 25
Stomach CV 12 Pericardium CV 17
Spleen LV 13 Triple Heater CV 5
Heart CV 14 Gall Bladder GB 24
Small Intestine CV 4 Liver LV 14

Manaka Mu (Alarm) Acupuncture Points

Lungs LU 1 to LU 2 area
Percardium PC 1
Heart, Pericardium CV 17
Heart KD 23
Heart At the sides of CV 14
Liver LV 14 to GB 26 (usually right subcostal region)
Gallbladder GB 24 to GB 29 region (often one or both sides)
Stomach Both sides of CV 12 (including ST 21)
Spleen GB 26 to SP 21 region (often one or both points)
Kidneys KD 16 (occasionally GB 25)
Triple Warmer ST 25 (sometimes slightly lateral to ST 25
Upper Warmer CV 17
Middle Warmer CV 12
Lower Warmer CV 5
Small Intestine ST 26 (sometimes slightly lateral to ST 26)
Large Intestine ST 27 (sometimes slightly lateral to ST 27)
Urinary Bladder KD 11

Sources and More Information

The information on our site is drawn from our own lecture notes and clinical experience. The following lecture notes were used within this section:

  • Iuliano, Diane: New England School of Acupuncture, Extraordinary Vessel Techniques Lecture Notes
  • Kuwahara, Koei: New England School of Acupuncture, Advanced Japanese Techniques Lecture Notes

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