Benefits from acupuncture and moxibustion on the back

Acupuncture point meridians on the back

Here is how to benefit from scarring moxibustion on the back. There are two traditional acupuncture point lines, or meridians, on bladder meridian on the back.  We call the inner line the first line, and the outer line the second line.  Du Mai, or Du meridian, runs on the vertebrae.

Hua Tuo, a famous doctor in ancient China, found significance of therapeutic effect in using vertebrae through his clinical experience, and he created hua tuo jia ji next to the vertebrae. He used the lines adjacent to the vertebrae in treating patients.

Gudang, master of moxibustion in Korea, found a new line (“new line”) which is halfway between Hua Tuo Jia Ji and the first line of bladder meridian. There lies hua tuo jia ji, the “new line”, the first line in bladder channel, and the second line in bladder channel from Du Mai laterally. In his treatments, Dr Kim (Gudang) used Du Mai and hua tuo jia ji, or Du Mai and the “new line” as a combination frequently.

To sum up, there are two traditional meridians on the back. There are Du meridian and Bladder meridians. Du meridian has one line on the vertebras, and Bladder meridan has two lines on each side of the vertebras. There is hua tuo jia ji point adjacent to the vertebras. Gudang used a new line between hua tuo jia ji and the first line on Bladder meridian.

Autonomic nervous system

Even in biomedicine perspective, sympathetic nervous system runs on the thoracic and lumbar regions, and parasympathetic nervous system runs on the cervical vertebrae and sacral vertebrae.   They originate from spines, form large networks, and innervate organs.  

How to benefit from Scarring moxibustion on the back


Dermatomes show areas affected by spinal nerves.  If we think in an opposite way, disorders of any organs or any part of the body can show on the areas on and around vertebrae.  If we palpate the back carefully, we should be able to detect something noticeable on the back.  Applying scarring moxibustion on the areas will be effective in treating various conditions.

How to benefit from Scarring moxibustion on the back

Enjoy benefits from moxibustion on the back

In conclusion, we can presume that moxibustion on the back can affect the above autonomic nervous system and dermatomes. In clinical settings, practitioners find therapeutic effects in treating many internal disorders by using traditional back-shu points and hua tuo jia ji points. They will experience more benefit in using the “new line” on the back.

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