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What's the point?

1 hour CPD/ CPE

This online course offers an in-depth look at the various point types across the various needling techniques and disciplines. Acupuncture points, ah shi points, trigger points and motor points are compared and contrasted with the use of current research, anatomical references and the traditional Chinese approach. Participants gain access to illustrations of point anatomy as well as video demonstrations of different needling and acupressure techniques, outcomes and physical responses of the different point types. This information is then applied to the clinical setting in relation to the treatment of systemic pathologies, local and musculoskeletal disorders.

course outcomes

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After having completed this course, participants will gain:

  • an understanding of the differences and similarities of the various point types

  • knowledge of the differences in the underlying anatomy and physiology of generic examples of the point types

  • experience to apply the techniques delivered in the practical demonstration to their current clinical practice

  • an understanding of the relevance of the differences of each of the point types in clinical practice

  • detailed illustrations for clinical use


  1. A Comparison of Points
    The various point types across needling disciplines are compared and contrasted. Point types include acupuncture points, ah shi points, trigger points and motor points. The underlying anatomy and physiology of these points are examined and compared based on current research, anatomical references ​the traditional Chinese approach. The neurophysiology of acupuncture points and motor points are explored as well as trigger point theory.


  2. Comparative Illustrations
    Points comparisons are further clarified with the use of illustrations of anatomical structures, referral patterns and traditional acupuncture channels.


  3. Needling Demonstrations
    Various needling techniques are used to demonstrate the clinical relevance of each of the point types. The ​deqi​ feeling is highlighted as a marker for point activation, the twitch response is elicited for trigger points while electro stimulation is used to demonstrate the receptivity of motor points.


  4. Clinical Relevance
    The clinical relevance of each point type is explained in relation to treating systemic pathologies, local and musculoskeletal conditions.

***This course content is advised to be applied to clinical practice only by registered acupuncturists or students and practitioners with a level of skills competency required to perform these needling techniques. For practitioners and students of all other modalities, this information is considered for general educational purposes only.***

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