Examples of common acupuncture points are the large intestine four-point located in between the thumb and index finger and the liver three-point located in between the second and large toes, according to WebMD. The spleen six-point is also common, and it is found above the inner anklebone.
There are also many acupuncture points located along the ears, explains Shuswap Acupuncture Clinic and Laser Therapy. Auricular acupuncture is the name given to the specialty practice of treating medical symptoms by needling acupuncture points on the ear.
Acupuncture is a treatment modality involving the insertion of very small needles into specific areas of the skin, notes Mayo Clinic. It is most often used in the treatment of pain. Practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine and Western medicine utilize acupuncture, although their explanations of how it works differ. Traditional Chinese medicine acupuncturists tend to take the stance that acupuncture helps balance the flow of energy, called qi, through the insertion of needles into points along bodily pathways through which the energy travels. Western acupuncturists see acupuncture in terms of stimulating nerves, connective tissue and muscles.
During a typical acupuncture treatment, the practitioner inserts between five and 20 needles into the skin, states Mayo Clinic. Because the needles are very thin, there is usually minimal discomfort involved. Once the needles are in, the patient is asked to relax for several minutes before the acupuncturist removes the needles from the skin.