A variety of charts outlining acupuncture points for both professional human and veterinary traditional Chinese medicine, or TCM, can be obtained through the Acupuncture Products website. As of 2015, the website offers charts in four different sizes: 8.5-inch by 11-inch, 18-inch by 24-inch, 24-inch by 36-inch and wallet-sized cards for the hand and ear points. Cat, dog and horse veterinary acupuncture charts are available at the website.
TCM practitioners use acupuncture to relieve pain from injury, headaches, repetitive strain injuries and sciatica. It can also be used in the treatment of asthma, fibromyalgia and postoperative discomfort, as noted by the University of Minnesota and Charlson Meadows.
Acupuncture points enable the professional TCM practitioner to manipulate the circulation of Qi throughout the body. Qi flows throughout the body in a network of channels referred to as "jing luo," and connects the various parts of the body in an integrated energy system. The channels through which Qi flows are also referred to as the "meridians" of acupuncture.
The TCM practitioner manipulates the flow of Qi by the insertion of a very fine, filament-like needle into the jing luo channels, or meridians. The needles are made of stainless steel, gold or silver. Experienced practitioners are able to feel the Qi through the needle once it is positioned properly. The patient often senses the Qi also, either at the point of needle insertion or along the meridian. The needles are removed after the Qi has been successfully manipulated.