Learning TCM points location can seem like a daunting task but that’s why I’m glad I’m learning it at PCOM.
TCM Points Location
I’m a little past halfway through the Points Location 1 class. First we learned the basics and concepts of where the channels run and how they interract and now we are learning how to map out the individual points. We learn where they are and what each one is good for.
As confusing as it may seem at first, it is great that Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) has passionate and gifted teachers such as Marie-France Collin, pictured here showing us how to use those little circle reinforcers they sell in the stationary department of almost any supermarket to show the point locations. One of the things I hear often from teachers is that “we’re teaching acupuncture, not semi-close puncture,” so the location of the point in question has to lie inside the circle when Marie-France checks your work or it is incorrect.
Having a top-level instructor makes all the difference in the world as to learning a clear and concise method for measuring and mapping out the points. If you have looked into Chinese medicine at all, you know that when you start trying to learn TCM points location, the measurements are all done in cun, which is a unit of measurement that is unique to the individual. They often say it’s equal to a specific portion of the finger buy you cannot use your own and it’s difficult to use the client’s, so Marie-France shows us a clear, concise method that works accurately on anyone you’ll encounter.
As I’ve said before, I love this school and I love being part of this program and being able to work with teachers like this.
Thanks to my friend Emma and to Marie-France for their permission to use the image.