Acupoints are areas that vibrate at a subtly different
frequency than the surrounding tissue and can often be located
by pressing on them. If there is any kind of problem they will
be tender to the touch.
There are also points known as 'Ashi Points', where
Qi is stagnant, and these also are most often tender to the touch.
Ashi points can occur anywhere and are usually not associated
with any channel.
The difference between Usui's method and the methods
employed by TCM practitioners is the way in which acupoints are
In Usui's method Qi is activated by a simple laying
on of hands. Until recently, this placing of hands has seemed
quite arbitrary. The evidence now is that the placing of hands
is anything but. Both Dr. Usui and Dr. Hayashi treated specific
diseases by placing their hands on specific acupoints and combinations
of acupoints to produce the desired effect. Loagong is the point
used in Qi Gong practice to 'emit Qi' over a distance and also
one of the points through which one learns to breath.
In Chakra theory, the palms of the hands house minor
chakras which are connected by a system of channels called 'nadis'
to the heart and other major chakras.
Chakras, historically, have been accessed internally
by meditation rather than by any external method. As well, the
purpose in accessing Chakras has been more to pursue the spiritual
journey rather than to heal the body. In some quarters, current
thinking suggests that, while the Chakra system and the Meridian
system are actually two separate systems, Chakras may be accessed
via specific acupoints.
I personally, find this very exciting. It means
that the spiritual journey and the healing journey become intimately
interwoven and mutually inclusive.
As we go through the points suggested by the hand
positions illustrated, I will try to mention, somewhat in passing,
how the Chakras fit in. See also my page on the
Laogong / "Palace of
The first energy point to know is called Laogong.
In the channel system this is the 8th point on the Pericardium
Channel. It is also the fire point on a fire channel. In English
it is known as "Palace of Toil.'
Laogong is located on the palm of the hand between
the 2nd and 3rd metacarpal bones. This point is easily located
by making a fist and where the middle finger comes to rest is
The Pericardium channel is used to treat all disorders
of the heart at the physical and metaphysical levels. Its companion
point, Shaofu, is the 8th point on the Heart Channel. Shaofu is
also a fire point on a fire channel. The Heart Channel is not
an original channel according to the ancient texts. It was added
some time later. In modern times it is used exclusively for psycho-emotional
According to ancient belief 'the Heart houses the
Mind.' That is, one's essence or true self resides in the heart.
The brain is actually seen as a sort of empty sac responsible
for gathering, storing data, and housing intelligence, but not
the creative potential that makes us human.
Shaofu is located by making a fist and noting where
the little finger falls.
Loagong is the point on the hand through which Qi
Gong practitioners learn to 'breath' and through which Qi is emitted.
This is the point that we as Reiki practitioners need to learn
about and use to emit the Ki of Reiki.
Zhongchong / "Middle
The other point of note, used extensively by Dr.
Usui to deliver Qi, is Zhongchong, located at the tip of the middle
finger. This is the 9th and last point on the Pericardium Channel.
This is known as a Jing Well point. Jing Well points are mostly
located at the base of the nails of the fingers and toes. Zhongching
is the only actually located at the tip of a finger . They are
the most dynamic points of a channel. They are described as the
points at which the Qi bubbles up from the interior like a well
and are generally considered to have a very powerful effect along
the entire channel.
Zhongchong is the most distal of all the Jing Well
points and is well suited for restoring consciousness which occurs
when the spirit is dislodged from the heart.
As an 'emitting Qi' point then, Zhongchong has a
particular effect on spirit.
In Reiki, these are the most important points to
know. These points, are points through which Qi flows when hands
are placed. These are both directly connected to the heart at
both a physical and metaphysical level.
Acupoints on the body are located bilaterally, except
for the midlines down the front and the back. Points are located
equidistant from the midline on each side of the body. For example,
there are actually two Laogong points, on on the palm of the right
hand and one on palm of the left hand. In Acupuncture and Reiki
practice, except for the midline, all treatments should be done
on both sides of the body. This is not a hard and fast rule, but
for best results two hands should be used as much as possible.
In my view, hand positions are neither arbitrary
nor are they random. They are placed, in Usui's system, according
to Acupoints on the body depending on the healing effect one desires
In most western Reiki teachings where hand positions
are taught, and acupoint location is not, a full body treatment
is usually insisted upon. This is done to 'cover all the bases.'
Generally speaking, if one places one's hands anywhere
in the vicinity of a point, the overflow of Qi will find its way
into the point and have a healing effect. This is why Reiki is
most often effective, up to a point. However, if one lines up
the Laogong or Zhongchong point precisely with a particular point
on the body or head, then Qi flows much more powerfully. Furthermore,
specific effects will be much more predictable and reproducible.
Reiki, will be much more than just something that is safer to
do than take a Valium. There will be specific physical healing.
In my opinion, Usui's Reiki is not an 'intuitive'
system in the sense that one receives guidance from angels or
some other ephemeral source. It is a system based on extensive
knowledge of Qi, Qi flow through the body, and entry points proven
to be effective by 5,000 years of practice. The rituals and meditations
of Dr. Usui are much more for the purpose of preparing the practitioner.
Not so much, as has been suggested in some quarters for diagnosing
and treating the patient.
Finally, when all is said and done, the best way
to deliver Reiki is still the full body treatment, in my opinion.
There is something about 'making the journey', as Dr. Usui did,
that seems desirable and even necessary, at least for the time
Usui Hand Positions
Roots of Reiki 2