Point Location Series: Command Points - Course 2

Urinary Bladder and Kidney

Neil Gumenick raises the importance of the accuracy of point location. In Part 2 of 6 sessions, he covers the Command points on Urinary Bladder and Kidney Meridians.

Neil Gumenick
Neil Gumenick

Course Overview

Accurate point location is essential for acupuncture treatment to be effective. Regardless of the accuracy of interviewing and rapport skills, diagnostic assessments of the patient’s needs, pulse findings, and selection of points, if we miss the point, we have done no treatment. Command points are some of the most common points treated, all located distal to the knee or elbow flexure.


Professor Neil Gumenick has been teaching point location to students for over 3 decades and has been in full-time practice since 1981. In this webinar series, he will discuss how to best position the patient, how to identify appropriate physical landmarks, measuring distances, and finally locating, by palpation, the exact point. Power point photos of actual patients and anatomical diagrams will accompany Neil’s precise descriptions.


In session 2, Professor Gumenick covers the Urinary Bladder and Kidney.


  • Students will learn to position the patient properly for optimal point location accuracy.

  • Students will learn to identify relevant physical landmarks needed to locate the points.

  • Students will learn to accurately measure distances needed to locate the points.

  • Students will learn to palpate the exact point.

  • Students will learn to use touch diagnostically, as well as to build trust and rapport.


  • 0 hrs - 30 min

    The Urinary Bladder Meridian, points 67-54 (40 in some numbering systems)

  • 30 min - 45 min

    The Kidney Meridian, points 1-10

  • 45 min - 1 hrs

    Recorded Question and Answer segment and case histories


  • Mary L. (Canada)

    Neil Gumenick brings the Five Element practice to life, showing without a doubt the efficacy of this compassionate and deeply healing technique. He communicates clearly and gets to the heart of the matter.

  • Tess R. (United States)

    The Professor is passionate about the points and it rubs off.

  • Alison O. (Australia)

    Well put together

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Neil Gumenick brings the Five Element practice to life, showing without a doubt the efficacy of this compassionate and deeply healing technique. He communicates clearly and gets to the heart of the matter.

Mary L. (Canada)

The Professor is passionate about the points and it rubs off.

Tess R. (United States)

Well put together

Alison O. (Australia)

The information we received in this course is extremely valuable coming from a practitioner with such a long experience. It is instructive and refreshing.

Simone C. (United States)

Neil is a fantastic teacher: clear, well prepared, and passionately dedicated to this system of medicine

Leonard K. (United States)

Good course, helped me brush up on point location. Neil is engaging and interesting, and gets the information across clearly.

Heather B. (Canada)

It is very easy as a practitioner to get caught up on learning a new skill and/or theory and whilst this course is a fairly straight forward and simplistic course the value of point location accuracy cannot be underestimated when it comes to clinical outcomes. I recommend this course to all practitioners as a solid form of revision and to remind us all of the importance of point locations.

Laura W. (Australia)


Neil Gumenick

In practice for 40 years, Professor Neil R. Gumenick, M.Ac. (UK), L.Ac., Dipl.Ac. is Founder and Chief Instructor of The Institute of Classical Five-Element Acupuncture. An accomplished author and international lecturer, he has taught at Yo San University, Emperor's College and SAMRA University.


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  • CEUs:

    Approved By: IVAS (1), Florida (1), Standard Certificate (1), NCCAOM (1)

    Pending: California [Upon Request]*

  • Language: English

  • Course Type: Recorded Webinar

  • Course Length: 1 h

  • Course Notes: Notes are provided with this course.

  • Access Period: Lifetime


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