Classical Points Combinations and Clusters of Points, in Acupuncture Therapy

Shmuel Halevi Ph.D
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This work will present the thesis that, both clinically and theoretically, points-combinations in acupuncture therapy, and especially classical points-combinations, constitute the most reliable form of treatment in Chinese acupuncture.

We shall try to demonstrate as many such combinations as possible, dealing with their logic, i.e. theoretical foundations within the framework of Chinese medical philosophy, and other aspects such as:

  • Analysis of each point in regard to its place in the prescription.
  • Comparison of certain points-combinations to herbal formulae used to treat the same patterns of disharmony.


Points-combinations - general rules

The various laws for combining points

Formula building in acupuncture therapy utilizing points combinations

Survey of classical and effective points-combinations


  • When possible, comparison of each point in the formula with a specific herb used for the same energetic action.
  • Relevant and real case histories demonstrating the efficacy of a specific points-combination.
  • Technical data of importance in utilizing points combinations, like:
  • Needle manipulation of various points in the combination (i.e. strengthening, reducing, dispersing, heating, etc.).
  • Sequence of needling procedure.
  • Other techniques of stimulation such as: moxibustion, acu-pressure, cupping, electroacupuncture and more.

In addition, we shall examine a few major methods of formula composition existent In Chinese medicine for ages. These methods are very important to our thesis as they form the theoretical basis from which many of the points-combinations have evolved.

Another important facet of this subject is the tendency, of students and practitioners alike, to regard points-combinations as formulae for treatment. In this work we shall show that points-combinations are not formulae and that they serve only as solid "brick constructions" - so to speak - for a good formula. A comprehensive formula has to be formulated entirely on diagnosis.


This work consists of the following chapters:

  • Points-combinations - general rules.
  • The various laws for combining points.
  • Formula building in acupuncture therapy utilizing points combinations.
  • Survey of classical and effective points-combinations.


CHAPTER A - This chapter discusses the nature of points combinations in general terms, and will demonstrate the general principles of their existence.

CHAPTER B - Chapter B discusses in detail the various laws and principles from which the art of combining points has evolved.

CHAPTER C - In this chapter we discuss the difference between treatment formulae and points-combinations. There are a few examples of the way in which a treatment formula is constructed, utilizing one or more points-combinations.

CHAPTEL D - This is the last, and the lengthiest chapter, in which we have surveyed 18 effective points combinations, each of which includes the parameters that we have mentioned above.


1. The assumption of this work is that the reader is completely familiar with the concepts, philosophy and terminology of Traditional Chinese Medicine (T.C.M.). Therefore, basic concepts such as: Qi, Blood, Yin, Wind, Heat and the like, have not been discussed or explained.

2. Some of the ideas presented in this work, particularly those dealing with the practical aspects of T.C.M., have no roots other than the clinical experience accumulated by me during my years of practice, and my personal observation. Nevertheless, in most cases, there is a numbered reference throughout the paper, pointing to a bibliography at the end of the work.