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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

LungLU 1Urinary BladderCV 3
Large IntestineST 25KidneyGB 25
StomachCV 12PericardiumCV 17
SpleenLV 13Triple HeaterCV 5
HeartCV 14Gall BladderGB 24
Small IntestineCV 4LiverLV 14

Manaka Mu (Alarm) Acupuncture Points

LungsLU 1 to LU 2 area
PercardiumPC 1
Heart, PericardiumCV 17
HeartKD 23
HeartAt the sides of CV 14
LiverLV 14 to GB 26 (usually right subcostal region)
GallbladderGB 24 to GB 29 region (often one or both sides)
StomachBoth sides of CV 12 (including ST 21)
SpleenGB 26 to SP 21 region (often one or both points)
KidneysKD 16 (occasionally GB 25)
Triple WarmerST 25 (sometimes slightly lateral to ST 25
Upper WarmerCV 17
Middle WarmerCV 12
Lower WarmerCV 5
Small IntestineST 26 (sometimes slightly lateral to ST 26)
Large IntestineST 27 (sometimes slightly lateral to ST 27)
Urinary BladderKD 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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