Interesting questions about body points (acupuncture points) that are often asked

1. Can one recognize the nature of the complaint on the tongue? If yes how?

On the tongue you can read a lot. Color, surface, strength say a lot about the person. The tongue is divided into areas. It has been found that people with heart stress usually have a red tongue tip. The area for the stomach is in the middle of the tongue. If someone has a food jam, then the tongue has a strong coating in the middle. A pale tongue may indicate energy weakness, etc. It’s really fascinating to see how accurate a diagnosis can be by looking at the tongue.

2. I would be interested to know what the liver means psychically!

The liver has something to do with anger, anger, compulsions (permanent hand washing, tidying up), over-planning, perfection compulsion. You want to be the biggest, strongest, best, but feel overwhelmed. The expectations are not relaxed, confidence in the future is low, spectrum of other possibilities is not included. Experiences are not evaluated. The future is to be “forced” into a planned path, the idea “makes” the reality.

Other factors include impatience, mischief, cramped morality, religion, belief, lack of determination, easy distraction, lack of imagination, constantly changing goals and plans, resignation, easily disconcerting, defiance and pouting , Bitterness to cynicism, depression and death and frequent therapy changes.

And so have the other organs (kidney (anxiety), heart (intolerance), lungs (sadness), spleen (worries), small intestine, large intestine, stomach, bladder, etc.) psychic meanings. If you want to know more about the “soul” of the organs, you can order the (printable) pdf-file Psychologie der Organ for 10 Euro. There, all important organs are treated in detail in their psychic significance.

3. If someone is impotent or frigid, what does he have, for example?

It depends, for example, if he has an aversion to cold, freezes cold, has more back pain, his urine is colorless, but he also has little appetite, then he has a so-called kidney yang deficiency. Yang is an active force, gives the ability to implement things. When it is reduced, the symptoms mentioned arise. Kidney energy in TCM is not only responsible for kidney function, but also for vitality, bones, cooking marks, backs, teeth, and also for the sexual power.

For which organs or organ meridians (kidney meridian, liver meridian, heart meridian, etc.) are responsible, you can learn online, for example, under the menu item “Points” for each meridian under General

4. At the pulse one should be able to recognize illnesses. Can you explain that?

Yes, the pulse can actually support a diagnosis and point to diseases of various organs. Place three fingers where the pulse is being sampled and then detect a pulsation. In TCM, this is especially the place on the wrist on the thumb side.

Even if you do that with a few people from his environment, you are amazed at the differences in the people tested. The beating can be very strong or weak, thin or full, feel like a guitar string or superficial tapping. Other attributes are tense, slippery, deep, rough, slow, fast, empty, hidden, hanging or flooding.

After a long experience, the diagnosis can be refined and, depending on how the pulse feels differently on both arms, or even differently on the three positions of the fingers of one arm, even on the state of health of the individual organs such as heart, liver, Close kidney and so on.

5. How does acupuncture work?

Life energy flows through the body and concentrates in the meridians (energy channels). The life energy can be blocked in the body in certain places, which can cause illnesses. But you can now stimulate or regulate the energy (Qi) at certain points on the meridians and thus bring them into balance. These body points (acupuncture points) have an increased electrical sensitivity. They affect the nerves, which in turn regulate the organs, glands, muscles and so on.

6. Is acupuncture painful?

The needles used are usually very thin. People react differently.
Some feel almost nothing at all.
Most notice a short tingling sensation as the needles penetrate.
And some people are very sensitive. They have an increased sensitivity to pain in some points. In these cases, handle the needles very carefully and avoid movements that are as strong as possible.

In the vast majority of cases, after a very short time a very pleasant feeling of a very profound relaxation arises.

7. Is it also possible to treat successfully with acupressure (Point Press), Tuina etc.?

One can!

I have personally experienced how effective an acupressure (point press) can be.
In the beginning, before I started working on acupuncture, acupressure and tuina, I suddenly had severe back and abdominal pain one day. At that time I wanted to drive from Dusseldorf to Holland that day. It did not work. We tried everything possible. Until my girlfriend at the time remembered to read something about the famous issue of the large intestine 4 (Di4). She pressed and massaged the point between thumb and forefinger on one hand and then on the other hand for 1 minute. And I could hardly believe it myself. After a few minutes, the intense pain disappeared, and I said, “Let’s go now!”
Since then, interest in matter has never left me.

Point Press works also and especially in acute cases. This has been confirmed many times.
Of course, it can not replace acupuncture. For complex ailments you need more needles at the same time.
But you can also move the energy in the body by stimulating the body points with your fingers.

Important for the success, however, is that the treated relaxes.
It is good if he focuses first on his breath and then relaxed on the point of treatment.
And that after the treatment he stays for a few moments in the relaxation.
Mostly he will feel a soothing warmth at the treated area, which usually moves towards the body in the area of ​​the meridian.

And I do not doubt that Tuina massage is a completely mature method of treatment since I witnessed a treatment from a Tuina master in Rothenburg.

We will certainly go into more detail on these pages on these pages.

8. Can you say exactly what is meant by fullness and emptiness?

What is a fullness state?

Abundance is explained, for example, with a crowded house. The mobility is limited.
Too much has to be diverted so that a normal mobility can be restored.

1. An abundance state is therefore always too much, an excess.
This can be too much Qi (energy), Yang (activity), blood (eg, blistering due to contusion).

2. A fullness condition is usually short, sudden and violent.


Inflammations of all kinds
Joint injury (kinking, straining, contusion)
acute back complaint (lifting)
acute biliary colic
acute renal colic
attack of fever
an overfunction of an organ
a mental overreaction
Every touch seems too much.
For example, even a massage can be perceived as too much
because this can lead to even greater heat (heat) development.

Tongue: red, coating thick, there is a congestion.
Pulse: strong, string-shaped, slippery
Voice loud, strong
Face color: rather reddish
Urine is bright
Sleep without pajamas
Window must be open whenever possible.
Preference for cold drinks

In a cold, fullness is the stage of inflammation (throat, nasal passages).
Urine cloudy, nasal and lung mucus.

Headache is characterized by:
throbbing, increasing and decreasing, inner restlessness
Migraine is a typical fullness signal.
Energy must be derived from the head.
Liver and bile are the driving forces here.
Therefore, here must be intervened soothing, diverting

What is an emptiness state?

1. A state of emptiness thus always signifies a lack, a lack of energy.

This can be a lack of yin (substance power) or of yang (for example, listlessness).

2. An emptiness is usually tedious, chronic.

It is gradually increasing pain.
They are often caused by long-lasting wrong habits.

Lack of ability to relax, let go

Energy has to be rebuilt.

Tongue: no lining
Pulse: thin, weak
Face color: rather pale
Urine is rather cloudy, often can not or is not sufficiently controlled
Breathing is flat

Voice rather soft or weak
Subfunction of an organ
Lack of blood
Lack of tissue fluids
Lack of hormones
In the case of a cold, emptiness is indicated by:
Runny nose, shivering, freezing, exhaustion.

In case of headache, emptiness is indicated by:
dull, persistent, constant pressure feeling.


In emptiness you have to fill in the emptiness, that is, to act as a tonic (invigorating).
In the case of fullness, one must empty the fullness, that is, act sedating (calming, exuding).

Abundance is usually around

temporary phenomena, acute congestion of energy.
An excess of energy must be reduced.

Emptiness is usually around

long-term weaknesses. There is a lack of energy. The substance is affected.
You have to act tonifying (invigorating, invigorating).

Empty states very often lead to a rearing up. Heat arises,
Thus it comes despite cold feeling and freezing to simultaneous heat phenomena
like night sweats, hot flashes, etc. An emptiness fire arises in response to the lingering weakness.

On the other hand, fullness states very often show signs of weakness or coldness.
Especially if they last longer.

Is high blood pressure a sign of fullness or emptiness?

That’s an interesting question, right?
High blood pressure until about the age of 35 or 40 is an indication of fullness.
The people are very active, strong, under pressure. The substance is powerful.
The heat rises to the head. mostly lateral headaches are the result.

High blood pressure that lasts for a long time leads to emptiness.
The substance is weakened. A yin deficiency is present. The tongue is paler, the coating thinner.
The headache is rather dull, dizziness can arise.
Fast fatigue, lack of sleep
During menopause, there are hot flashes
The yin needs to be nourished for the symptoms to stop.

Which treatment is announced, you can currently recognize on the pulse and on the tongue.
See also the menu items: Tables, Pulse Diagnosis and Tongue

How are acupuncture compensated for fullness and emptiness?

When full, the needles are inserted slowly and pulled out quickly.
When empty, the needles are quickly inserted and slowly removed.
In addition, tonifying or sedating points are used.
See the menu item “Special”.

Fire points can drain the heat.
What are fire points, see menu item Elements.
For example: Pe8, He 8, Dü5, Ma 41, Gb 38, Bl 60

Water points can drive away cold.
For example: N10, B66, Lu5, H3, Dü2, MP9, Ma44, Le8, GB43

You can also proceed according to the mother-son principle.
In one too little, the mother nourishes the son, in one too much the son
remove excess energy from the mother.
This principle is used exclusively in simplified Korean acupuncture.
There you only use 60 body points (5 points per meridian)
For the mother-son principle, see the menu item “Elements”
For Korean acupuncture see the post in the treasure trove. (In processing).

How is fullness heat and emptiness heat different?

The question is now easy to answer according to the principles described above:

Fullness heat is an acute, sudden condition. A cold in the summer for example
The tongue is rather red.

Empty Heat is a long-lasting state of weakness with recurrent heat effects
Example: night sweats, hot flashes.
The tongue is rather pale.

Is there also fullness-coldness and emptiness-coldness?

Abundance-cold: sudden entry of cold into the body (e.g., lumbago)
Void-cold: long existing condition (frostbite)
Tongue with thick coating, pulse is fast and strong

And finally wind-fullness and wind-emptiness? Wind fullness: throat red, fever, sweating, heat appearances, much thirst, infection
Wind Void: Freezing, sneezing, trembling, no thirst
Tongue coating is thin, pulse is rather superficial and weaker

Behavior at birth:
Abundance: Exercise is considered very helpful.

Emptiness: too much movement of the mother is disturbed by her.

9. What is meant by yin deficiency or yang surplus, etc.? Can one explain this by examples?

What does Yang really mean?

Yang can be roughly translated as activity.

Someone who has a yang deficiency is listless, does not do anything by himself, drifts, has no enthusiasm for anything, is “pimped out”, etc. This is usually a temporary condition. But it can also cause a more serious permanent burden.

The reverse is the case: Someone is overactive. He is over-excited. One activity replaces the next. Always in action. Hardly a break. He does not come to rest. In these cases one speaks of Yang excess. Here one finds the factor stress before. Can not let go, can not let go.

In Chinese medicine, yang is also referred to internal organs or their energy channels that run through the body.

Yang deficiency explained by an example

For example, someone says someone has a spleen yang deficiency. What does that mean?

For this one must know, which function the spleen and thus also the spleen meridian has.
In Chinese medicine, the spleen has a larger scope than Western medicine.
In short, the spleen is responsible for the conversion and transport of fluids in the body!
Someone who has a spleen-yang deficiency, where the transport works poorly. It comes to traffic jams. Also food congestion. One then speaks of indigestion
In the middle of the tongue, for example, one can then notice a dryness. Or an exaggerated moisture.
In both cases, the transport of fluids in the body does not work.
An example is the edema (water retention) in the body. For example, if you press certain parts of your foot,
then suddenly it feels very soft and yielding. Water has accumulated there.
Other examples: leucorrhea, thin stools, thinness, bloating, diarrhea, even nosebleeds (the spleen no longer controls the blood).
The tongue has tooth impressions on the sides, the pulse is thin, etc.
Result: The spleen must be strengthened.

And if you know which tasks the individual organs have, then you also know what to do with different symptoms.

Yang surplus explained by an example

Yang excess can also develop in the body. For example, if someone constantly gets upset, annoys, always reacts defiantly, stays in the opposition forever, wants to “force” things, then he is always in stress.

In this case he is in an excess position. He has too much aggressiveness, he is harmed by constant anger himself.

And anger, that’s a case of too much liver power in Chinese medicine.
In other words, the one has a liver-yang excess.
We know that in the West, too. “Someone ran a louse over the liver.”
In the long term, the liver is damaged by too much stress.

The treatment in this case must aim to reassure those. The needles or point press must be used at the points (points) that have a calming effect.
The technical term for this is “sedating”.

And now to Yin:

What does Yin mean?

Yin embodies a general, rather permanent condition.

A Yin deficiency therefore means a general weakness. You get tired and exhausted.
And yet it is rather restless and nervous.

Yin deficiency explained by an example

For example, someone says someone has kidney yin deficiency. What does that mean?

Again, you have to know what the kidney has for far-reaching tasks.

Not only does it have a role in water elimination, as in western medicine, but it is also responsible for very basic areas such as bone (osteoporosis), medulla (brain), teeth, hair, growth, physical strength, sexual strength, etc.

For example, as hair grows thinner as you grow older, or the bones become more brittle, or your muscles slowly become weaker, and so on, that’s a sign of weakening kidney energy. This is a normal process.

However, if prematurely such weaknesses occur, then one speaks of kidney Yin deficiency and means thereby a physical weakness.

In these cases, one treats those points that strengthen kidney yin.

Precisely because kidney yin deficiency and kidney yang deficiency are very common, another important criterion is mentioned here, which clearly shows the difference:

In kidney yang deficiency, the urine is pale and abundant. In kidney yin deficiency, the urine is cloudy and rather sparse.


Yin and Yang are mostly related to individual organs. One can translate health restrictions with

“General weakness” = Yin deficiency
“Activity Deficiency” = Yang Deficiency
“Over-activity” = yang surplus as a stress phenomenon