On distal needling, aka “Finding the switches”

Jul 09 2018
by Lisa Baird
A balding man stands in the sunshine with a huge smile waves to the camera. Ocean and rugged coastline behind him.

People ask us all the time why we’re not putting needles into where it hurts. (“You know it’s my knee that’s sore, not my elbow, right?”) This is a totally fair question! The answer is that we use distal acupuncture: placing needles away from the site we’re treating instead of close to it. Distal points are below the knee, below the elbow, on the head and at the ears. It’s a safe, efficient and very effective way of practising that’s been used for thousands of years.

GIA