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Avoid during Pregnancy

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Acupuncture points to avoid during pregnancy. Please check with a qualified practitioner regarding the use of any of these points.

The list at the back of the VHS manual refers to Needling, Moxibustion and Dermal Hammer. Because we are holding the points for a long time (20-30 mins) would you recommend that we avoid all the points on the list? Can the points be used as an activation at all?

From David Corby:

"The key points that are usually said to be contraindicated and avoided are at the top of the list (in the VHS Manual). In particular, stay away from LI4, Bl60, Bl67, and Sp channel. However I normally avoid the points labelled Acupuncture even when doing acupressure just to be safe."

The points David suggests are labelled as Contraindicated in this acupuncture database.

The Needling list in the VHS Manual refers to all lumbar, coccyx, epigastric and hypogastric points. The following points are relevant to those areas.

All Lumbar

Bl-22 to Bl-35 and Bl-51 to Bl-35

Du-3 to Du-5

All Coccyx

Bl-32, Bl-35, Du-1, Du-2

All Epigastric

Ki-17 to Ki-21

St-19 to St-24

Ren-9 to Ren-15

All Hypogastric

Ki-11 to Ki-16

St-25 to St-30

Ren-1 to Ren-8

Acupuncture Points

PointForbidden in Pregnancy?Special Point
LI-4
At No TimeAcupunctureContraindicated
Spirit PointKey PointYuan Point
Bl-60
At No TimeAcupunctureContraindicated
Key PointJing River
Bl-67
At No TimeAcupunctureContraindicated
Jing Well
Sp-1
At No TimeAcupunctureContraindicatedAfter 3rd monthMoxibustion
Jing Well
Sp-2
At No TimeAcupunctureContraindicated
Ying Spring
Sp-5
At No TimeAcupunctureContraindicated
Jing River
Sp-6
At No TimeAcupunctureContraindicated
Key PointMaster Point
LU-3
At No TimeMoxibustion
LI-13
At No TimeDermal Hammer
LU-8
At No TimeMoxibustion
Jing River
LU-10
At No TimeMoxibustion
Key PointYing Spring
Ren-5
After 1st monthAcupuncture
Alarm PointFront-Mu Point
Ren-3
After 1st monthAcupuncture
Key PointAlarm PointFront-Mu Point
Ren-6
After 1st monthAcupuncture
Spirit PointKey Point
Ren-7
After 1st monthAcupuncture
Key Point
Ren-4
After 1st monthAcupuncture
Spirit PointKey PointAlarm PointFront-Mu Point
Ren-8
After 1st monthAcupunctureAfter 8th monthDermal Hammer
Spirit Point
Gb-2
After 1st monthAcupuncture
Key Point
Bl-33
After 1st monthAcupuncture
Bl-32
After 1st monthAcupuncture
Bl-31
After 1st monthAcupuncture
St-1
After 1st monthAcupuncture
Key Point
KI-11
After 1st monthAcupunctureAfter 4th monthDermal Hammer
Bl-36
After 1st monthAcupunctureAfter 5th monthMoxibustion
Bl-37
After 1st monthAcupunctureAfter 5th monthMoxibustion
Bl-40
After 1st monthAcupunctureAfter 5th monthMoxibustion
Key PointHe Sea
Ren-1
After 1st monthAcupunctureAfter 8th monthMoxibustion
Spirit Point
Bl-28
After 1st monthAcupuncture
Back-Shu Point
Bl-22
After 1st monthAcupuncture
Back-Shu Point
Du-2
After 1st monthAcupuncture
Ren-2
After 1st monthAcupuncture
Bl-25
After 1st monthAcupuncture
Back-Shu Point
Bl-27
After 1st monthAcupuncture
Back-Shu Point
St-28
After 1st monthAcupuncture
St-29
After 1st monthAcupuncture
KI-16
After 1st monthAcupuncture
KI-14
After 1st monthAcupuncture
KI-12
After 1st monthAcupuncture
KI-13
After 1st monthAcupuncture
KI-15
After 1st monthAcupuncture
Du-4
After 1st monthAcupuncture
Spirit Point
Du-5
After 1st monthAcupuncture
Spirit Point
Du-1
After 1st monthAcupuncture
Luo Point
Du-3
After 1st monthAcupuncture
Bl-47
After 1st monthAcupuncture
Spirit Point
Bl-51
After 1st monthAcupuncture
Bl-34
After 1st monthAcupuncture
Bl-50
After 1st monthAcupuncture
Bl-35
After 1st monthAcupuncture
Bl-43
After 1st monthAcupuncture
Bl-45
After 1st monthAcupuncture
Bl-38
After 1st monthAcupuncture
Bl-46
After 1st monthAcupuncture
Bl-48
After 1st monthAcupuncture
Bl-41
After 1st monthAcupuncture
Bl-29
After 1st monthAcupuncture
Bl-24
After 1st monthAcupuncture
Bl-30
After 1st monthAcupuncture
Bl-42
After 1st monthAcupuncture
Spirit Point
Bl-44
After 1st monthAcupuncture
Spirit Point
Bl-49
After 1st monthAcupuncture
Spirit Point
Bl-39
After 1st monthAcupuncture
Key PointHe SeaLower He Sea
Bl-23
After 1st monthAcupuncture
Key PointBack-Shu Point
Bl-26
After 1st monthAcupuncture
Key Point
St-27
After 1st monthAcupuncture
St-26
After 1st monthAcupuncture
St-30
After 1st monthAcupuncture
St-25
After 1st monthAcupuncture
Spirit PointKey PointAlarm PointFront-Mu Point
Gb-3
After 2nd monthAcupunctureAfter 6th monthDermal Hammer
St-7
After 2nd monthMoxibustion
St-17
After 2nd monthMoxibustionAfter 1st monthDermal Hammer
St-8
After 2nd monthMoxibustion
Key Point
St-9
After 2nd monthMoxibustion
Key Point
Bl-16
After 3rd monthDermal Hammer
Back-Shu Point
Bl-56
After 3rd monthDermal Hammer
Pc-8
After 3rd monthAcupuncture
Key PointYing Spring
SJ-4
After 3rd monthAcupunctureAfter 6th monthMoxibustion
Yuan Point
SI-10
After 4th monthMoxibustion
Gb-9
After 4th monthAcupuncture
Sp-4
After 4th monthAcupuncture
Master PointKey PointLuo Point
Pc-6
After 4th monthAcupuncture
Spirit PointMaster PointKey PointLuo Point
Sp-9
After 4th monthAcupunctureAfter 3rd monthMoxibustion
Key PointHe Sea
Sp-8
After 4th monthAcupuncture
Xi-CleftKey Point
SI-18
After 4th monthMoxibustion
Key Point
SJ-10
After 4th monthAcupuncture
He Sea
Du-20
After 5th monthAcupuncture
Spirit PointKey Point
Bl-62
After 5th monthMoxibustion
Master PointKey Point
Bl-5
After 5th monthMoxibustion
Bl-2
After 5th monthMoxibustion
Bl-6
After 5th monthMoxibustion
Bl-1
After 5th monthMoxibustion
Spirit PointYin Qiao Mai
St-4
After 5th monthAcupuncture
Key Point
Ren-10
After 5th monthAcupuncture
Ren-11
After 5th monthAcupuncture
Ren-9
After 5th monthAcupuncture
Ren-13
After 5th monthAcupuncture
Ren-12
After 5th monthAcupuncture
Key PointAlarm PointFront-Mu Point
KI-20
After 5th monthAcupuncture
KI-19
After 5th monthAcupuncture
KI-18
After 5th monthAcupuncture
KI-21
After 5th monthAcupuncture
KI-17
After 5th monthAcupuncture
Ren-15
After 5th monthAcupuncture
Key PointLuo Point
Ren-14
After 5th monthAcupuncture
Alarm PointKey PointFront-Mu Point
St-23
After 5th monthAcupuncture
St-24
After 5th monthAcupuncture
St-21
After 5th monthAcupuncture
St-22
After 5th monthAcupuncture
St-20
After 5th monthAcupuncture
St-19
After 5th monthAcupuncture
St-2
After 6th monthAcupuncture
Gb-18
After 6th monthDermal Hammer
SJ-15
After 6th monthAcupuncture
SJ-18
After 6th monthAcupunctureMoxibustion
SJ-7
After 6th monthAcupuncture
Xi-Cleft
SJ-16
After 6th monthAcupunctureMoxibustion
LU-7
After 6th monthAcupuncture
Master PointKey PointLuo Point
SJ-5
After 6th monthAcupuncture
Spirit PointMaster PointKey PointLuo Point
St-45
After 6th monthAcupuncture
Jing Well
SJ-6
After 6th monthAcupuncture
Key PointJing River
SJ-3
After 6th monthAcupuncture
Shu Stream
SJ-1
After 6th monthAcupuncture
Jing Well
SJ-2
After 6th monthAcupuncture
Ying Spring
SJ-19
After 6th monthAcupunctureAfter 5th monthDermal Hammer
SJ-13
After 6th monthAcupuncture
SJ-20
After 6th monthAcupunctureAfter 5th monthDermal Hammer
SJ-14
After 6th monthAcupuncture
SJ-17
After 6th monthAcupuncture
SJ-22
After 6th monthAcupuncture
SJ-23
After 6th monthAcupunctureMoxibustion
SJ-9
After 6th monthAcupuncture
SJ-11
After 6th monthAcupuncture
SJ-12
After 6th monthAcupuncture
SJ-8
After 6th monthAcupunctureAfter 5th monthDermal Hammer
SJ-21
After 6th monthAcupuncture
Gb-15
After 7th monthAcupuncture
Gb-33
After 7th monthAcupuncture
Gb-22
After 7th monthAcupuncture
Gb-41
After 7th monthAcupuncture
Master PointKey PointShu Stream
LU-2
After 7th monthAcupuncture
Ren-17
After 8th monthDermal Hammer
Key PointAlarm PointFront-Mu Point
LI-2
After 8th monthAcupuncture
Key PointYing Spring
LI-20
After 8th monthAcupuncture
Key Point
Sp-16
After 9th monthAcupuncture
Sp-11
After 9th monthAcupuncture
Sp-13
After 9th monthAcupuncture
Du-18
After 9th monthMoxibustion
Du-6
After 9th monthMoxibustion
Du-7
After 9th monthMoxibustionDermal Hammer
Du-24
After 9th monthDermal Hammer
Key Point
Du-25
After 9th monthMoxibustion
Du-16
After 9th monthMoxibustion
Key Point
Du-11
After 9th monthDermal Hammer
Spirit Point
Du-10
After 9th monthDermal Hammer
Spirit Point
Du-17
After 9th monthMoxibustion
Du-15
After 9th monthMoxibustion
KI-2
After 9th monthAcupuncture
Ying Spring
KI-7
After 9th monthAcupuncture
Key PointJing River
KI-1
After 9th monthAcupuncture
Spirit PointKey PointJing Well
Sp-15
After 9th monthAcupuncture
Key Point
Sp-14
After 9th monthAcupuncture
Sp-19
After 9th monthAcupuncture
Sp-18
After 9th monthAcupuncture
Sp-20
After 9th monthAcupuncture
Sp-17
After 9th monthAcupuncture
Sp-7
After 9th monthAcupuncture
Sp-12
After 9th monthAcupuncture
Sp-21
After 9th monthAcupuncture
Spirit Point
Sp-10
After 9th monthAcupuncture
Key Point
Sp-3
After 9th monthAcupuncture
Key PointShu StreamYuan Point