Acupuncture, Fascia, Qi Stagnation & Tensegrity

There are five major areas in the body that frequently hold stress and tension. These regions are the head, neck & shoulders, chest & heart, abdomen and GI system, and finally the hips & pelvis. 

In acupuncture we often speak of qi stagnation, but we may also use the terms stress and tension to describe qi stagnation patterns. By using the terms tension or stress with our patients, it helps us to foster a better understanding of how acupuncture works. People know how tension effects their bodies, but they do not understand qi stagnation.

One way that acupuncture works is through the fasciae, as it helps release stress and tension held in the myofascial system. As acupuncturists it is essential to know how the fascial lines correspond with the meridians and acupuncture points. 

Through knowledge of the fascial lines we can gain a basis for an anatomical foundation for the meridians and point functions. The fascial lines explain many dynamics observed in acupuncture, such as why a point like stomach 36 (ST 36) can treat lung and digestive disorders. 

The fascial line model also helps us to understand how points like Yao Tong Xue and Luo Zhen on the hands, can be so effective for treating low back and neck pain.