Gary Stanton (MD)
The Shenmen Point is an auricular acupuncture point that is also known in France as the CosmonautPoint. It is widely utilized therapeutically for its property of reducing stress.
In some ways it is a controversial point. Differences of opinion exist regarding the most appropriatename of the point, who discovered it first, its location within the triangular fossa, its best method ofdetection, its best method of stimulation, its actions, its indications, its contraindications, itstherapeutic effects, and even its very existence.
Furthermore, given the extent of controversy concerning the Shenmen and Cosmonaut points, onemay reasonably question if they represent the same point, or two separate points.
The aim of this keynote talk will be to review the similarities and differences of opinion regarding theShenmen and Cosmonaut points, drawing mainly from French, German, Chinese, and Americansources. The clinical implications of these comparisons will be summarized.