Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has defined hundreds of pointson the body, though less than 100 are used in regular therapy.
There are also what are called endangerment points that are inareas that have nerves and blood vessels. These areas requirespecial training in order to use them therapeutically or as a formof self defense.
There is no way to know how many pressure points are in the body.
Pressure points differ from each person. A muscular person would bemore prone to pressure points than an obese person, and juststriking or holding a pressure point might not be enough.
Self-defense Answer A pressure point can typically be found at anyspace between bones.
When a person is severely cut and begins to bleed, it is time forquick action. First air for severe bleeding involves applyingpressure over the wound. Sometimes it is possible to press theartery above the wound against the bone behind it, and stop thebleeding. This place is called a pressure point. A pressure pointis also an excellent location to take a person’s pulse.
Understanding Pressure Point Strikes:
Striking to a hyel does not necessarily immediately knock a personout or cause a body part to become instantly numb, as has beenpropagated by many martial arts charlatans. Self-defense may beunderstood by the analogy of a body part that has fallen asleep,when proper circulation has been cut off from it.
When applying forced pressure to specific hyel, your goal is not tomagically tender your opponent lifeless. What you are planning toachieve is both short term and long term interruption of yourattacker’s energy. A listening carefully pressure point strike isinitially accomplished by focusing your energy.
The Important Pressure Points for Hemorrhage:
The loss of a small amount of blood will cause no problem for ahealthy adult, but loss of one liter or more of blood islife-threatening. The first step to control bleeding is theapplication of direct pressure to the wound using a clean cloth. Anassisting person should wear gloves to protect from blood-bornediseases. A bleeding extremity should be elevated above the levelof the heart. In cases of severe, persistent bleeding, applicationof pressure where a local artery can be pressed against a boneslows the bleeding. The most important of these “pressure points”are the following:
The facial artery, which may be pressed against the lower jawfor hemorrhage around the nose, mouth, and cheek. One can feel thepulse of the facial artery in the depression about one inchanterior to the angle of the lower jaw.
The temporal artery, which may be pressed against the side ofthe skull just anterior to the ear to stop hemorrhage on the sideof the face and around the ear.
The common carotid artery in the neck, which may be pressedback against the spinal column for bleeding in the neck and thehead. Avoid prolonged compression, which can result in lack ofoxygen to the brain.
The subclavian artery, which may be pressed against the firstrib by a downward push with the thumb to stop bleeding from theshoulder or arm.
The brachial artery, which may be pressed against the arm boneby a push inward along the natural groove between the two largemuscles of the arm. Hand, wrist, and forearm hemorrhage will bestopped by this pressing.
The femoral artery, which may be pressed to avoid serioushemorrhage of the lower extremity.
It is important not to leave the pressure on too long, as this maycause damage to tissues, including nerves supplied by arteries pastthe pressure point.
Um, another good question. Well there are a lot of them so itdepends on the person you are striking and how precisely you hittheir pressure point. For example there is one called ”stomachpoint nine” you have to hit this point with your finger with over20 pounds of force to activate it properly.