According to Traditional Chinese Medicine theory Qi is the main energy flow that runs through our body. It has also been know in other cultures by different names, Prana, lifeforce or breath to name a few. Whenever the flow of Qi is altered or gets blocked, the body will experience pains, aches or dis-ease. The Qi flow is mainly within twelve meridians and the acupoints are located on the lines of the Meridian. Acupoints are the points at which the Qi rises to the surface of the body. These points are specific points mapped out on the body which if stimulated have an influence on the internal organs they are correlated with. Originally, acupoints were stimulated using the pressure of fingers but have evolved into the use of needles and now Stiper Quars. There are several hundred acupoints throughout the body some of which are more important than others.
Acupoints are important because Stiper Therapy cannot be effective if the proper acupoints are not located. Acupoints are 1-2 millimeters apart and in traditional acupuncture being more than a couple millimeters away from the center of the acupoint will result in a minimal pain relief. However with Stiper Therapy the size of the Stiper Quars allows for some leniency. The more precise the acupoint is targeted the better the treatment will be on the patient.
The system of using the cun is a way to measure and locate acupoints on anyone’s body. Since everyone’s body is of a different size and shape, using a person’s inborn measurement system makes finding the points easy. The process starts with the measurement of one cun. This is done two ways: (a)using the width of the distal inter-phalangeal joint of the thumb (first finger) or (b)using the distance between the distal and proximal inter-phalangeal joints of the 3rd (middle) finger. All other specific measurements are outlined in the diagrams below. When in doubt in measuring, the thumb (1 cun) or the four finger method (3 cun) can always be used in a pinch.
The acupoints will be shown in the format of the name of the meridian line in long format or short and the number that corresponds to the point. In some cases the Chinese name of the point with be displayed. See below for an example of this in practice.
One of the most common and widely used acupoint is ST36.
Stomach 36 – ST36 (Leg Three Miles) Zu San Li
Location: On the front of the leg, 3 Cun below the kneecap, on the outside, in the depression between the shinbone and the leg muscle.
Uses: Increases stamina and energy. Provides stability and grounding. Heals effects on the body of too much worrying and thinking. In clinical use it could also aid in gastrointestinal discomfort, nausea and vomiting, and stress and fatigue.