The scalp represents a microsystem of the body which is divided into sections that represent upper mid and lower portions of the body. Acupuncture needles are inserted subcutaneously along these divisions treating symptoms of paralysis of the limbs such as in cases of post stroke rehabilitation. These points address motor and sensory communication which in turn engage the brain and trigger a lower body response. Many times in acupuncture the Microsystems are used to initiate a response and later points on the channels are added to direct the treatment to the desired area. This insures that the clients progress with continued treatment.
The hand microsystem represents a concentration of channels which circulates the entire body. The center of the dorsal aspect of the hand from the wrist to the tip of the middle finger represent the center of the body or the spine. If, for instance a client came to you with pain in the neck you might choose the points located near the base of the middle finger to treat the vertebrae closest to the neck. The protocol recommends that point stimulation is applied opposite to the side of pain or disharmony. The points on the hand are named for the location represented, such as lumbar or sciatica. This differs from traditional acupuncture point location which are typically numbered. The points are again different from traditional reflexology points. This system is used in combination with other microsystems to treat pain. It can be massaged by the client between treatments to stimulate and to relieve pain. These points are usually painful when needled.
The importance of the foot in Chinese Medicine is based on the affect of stimulation of these points and the treatment of disease in distant parts of the body. The foot points are chosen in relation to symptom and treated by selecting paired point combination. The foot points are not numbered as other points but named for the symptom they treat. The points are needled with strong stimulation and released after only a few minutes. This system is used in conjunction with other channel point prescription.
The auricular microsystem has been used since the 1970’s as a model for alcohol and drug rehabilitation therapy. The guidelines that were at that time set have remained in use for many types of treatment protocol. Since then we as therapists choose auricular points for additional therapeutic benefits.