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Username: Ted

Registered: 02-2004
Posted on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 21:02:   

I thought I would stimulate some conversation among some practitioners:
I once heard that when you get an itch, that is the body trying to stimulate itself. Let me explain...more often than not, the itch is located over an acupoint, and thus this is one way the body can stimulate these points by causing an itch in that area, and is stimulated by scratching. How true is this? I have noticed that when I have an itch, it seems to be over an acupoint.
Now one may argue that any area of the body is an acupoint, such as a true acupoint or an ashi point. I have also noticed that if I get an itch, I feel stimulation in other partys of my body some times.
Any feedback?
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Shmuel Halevi
Posted on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 12:28:   

Your view, Ted, is in fact not far from that of the classical literature of on this topic. The itching is most often not related to specific acupoints, rather to the 12 Cutaneous Regions, which are part of the channel system of acupuncture. These Cutaneous Regions follow the path of the main meridians and especially the superficial luo channels. They reflect therefore the condition of the internal Zang-Fu and at the same time affect them through the stimulation of environmental changes. Thus, itching that is of an exogenous Wind or Heat pathogen, tends to attach to these regions, and in the same time, itching that is of an endogenous cause will most often appear on these regions.
Acupuncture points, which are the most sensitive specific points on these Cutaneous Regions, and also usually have a lower electrical resistance, may exhibit the sensation of itching (or pain, or numbness, or whatever) more pronouncedly.
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Pete-ter (Unregistered Guest)
Posted on Sunday, September 17, 2006 - 06:32:   

This is very interesting, as I have noticed that very often when i get an insect bite, or a sting, it tendes to be very close to an acupoint. Do you think that these points also attract insects?... mmm, maybe due to their electrical potential.. I wonder if any of you have noticed this also.

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