By John Amaro, LAc, DC, Dipl. Ac.(NCCAOM), Dipl.Med.Ac.(IAMA)
The true/false questions posed here are from the China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine. These questions, or ones much like them, are routinely used for national certification in acupuncture (NCCAOM).
The best part of this exam is that you get to grade your own paper. Good luck! (Editor's note: the answers to this exam can be found on page XX.)
1. GB44 is the Jing-Well point for the gallbladder meridian. T/F GB41 is the Ying-Spring point for the gallbladder meridian. T/F GB43 is the Shu-Stream point for the gallbladder meridian. T/F GB39 is the Jing-River point for the gallbladder meridian. T/F GB34 is the He-Sea point for the gallbladder meridian. T/F 2. Sp2 is the Yuan-Source point for the spleen meridian. T/F Sp4 is the Luo point for the spleen. T/F 3. Kunlun BL60 is the Yuan-Source point for the bladder meridian. T/F 4. BL58 is the River point for the urinary bladder. T/F 5. The Xi-Cleft point of the pericardium meridian is P6. T/F 6. The Xi-Cleft point of the Yinqiao channel is K8. T/F 7. LI10 is located 2 cun below LI11. T/F 8. KI9 is located 6 cun above KI3. T/F 9. St21 is located 2 cun lateral to CV12. T/F 10. Liv13 is located at the end of the 12th rib. T/F 11. KI10 is located on the lower border of the medial condyle of the tibia. T/F 12. ST7 is in the depression at the lower border of the zygomatic arch. T/F 13. CV4 and KI1 are two points which are used for tonification. T/F 14. The distance between the centre of the patella and the tip of the lateral malleolus is 13 cun. T/F 15. LI5 is the Luo point of the large intestine meridian. T/F 16. GB39 is the Luo point of the gallbladder meridian. T/F 17. The extraordinary point (extra 25 -- Sifeng) is used in treating common colds in infants. T/F 18. The extraordinary point (extra 39) is utilized for acute and chronic cholecystitis. T/F 19. The points GB14, BL2, ST4 and LI4 are effective in treating facial paralysis. T/F 20. The three yin channels of the hand run from the chest to the hand. T/F 21. The three yang channels of the upper extremity run from the hand to the head. T/F 22. The three yang channels of the foot run from the head to the head to the foot. T/F 23. The three yin channels of the lower extremity run from the foot to the head. T/F 24. LI1 is used in patients with: insomnia T/F lumbar pain T/F toothache T/F sore throat T/F 25. One should reduce an excess and tonify a deficiency. T/F 26. A patient should be supine when treating GB30. T/F 27. There are 27 points on the kidney channel. T/F 28. Points on the lung channel are indicated in cardiac, gastric and mental disorders. T/F 29. The distance between the transverse cubital crease and the transverse carpal crease is 16 cun. T/F 30. The small intestine channel runs on the radial aspect of the small finger and the heart runs on the ulnar. T/F 31. P6 is indicated in disorders of the heart, stomach and chest. T/F 32. SP6 is located 3 cun directly above the tip of the external malleolus. T/F 33. Yin meridians correspond to the FU organs and connect with Zang (Tsang) organs. T/F 34. The eight confluent points in the extremities are where the twelve regular channels communicate with the eight extraordinary channels. T/F 35. The Xi-Cleft points are primarily used to treat acute disorders. T/F 36. DU26 is indicated for toothaches. T/F 37. P9 is indicated for chiralgia. T/F 38. Bl43 is indicated for deficient syndromes. T/F 39. SJ6 is indicated for hypochondrium pain and constipation. T/F 40. BL52 is indicated for impotence and involuntary emissions. T/F 41. ST29 is indicated for disorders of the reproductive system. T/F 42. KI3 can be used for toothaches on the theory that kidney dominates bones. T/F 43. GB43 can be needled deeply. T/F 44. DU26 should be needled one half cun when treating loss of consciousness. T/F 45. The twelve regular channels all pass close to the throat, therefore they can all be used for sore throat. T/F 46. Utilizing the theory of reinforcing the mother for deficiency syndrome while reducing the son for excess syndrome, HT9 and KI1 are used to treat insomnia caused by a deficiency of heart yin. T/F 47. Utilizing the theory of the mother and son relationship, when there is a liver excess syndrome, the point LIV3 is used; in a deficiency syndrome, the point LIV4 is used. T/F 48. Lung is the son of liver in the general circulation of chi. T/F 49. The yin meridian of the earth element has a point on it known as Sanyinchio. T/F 50. Yin Tang is located on the elbow. T/F
The above questions were easy. How did you do? Wait until you see some of the more difficult TCM questions next time. Start studying.
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In future issues, we will pose other questions which not only will test your skills, but will be an incredible learning experience.
John A. Amaro, DC, FIAMA, Dipl.Ac. (NCCAOM) Carefree, Arizona
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