Participants at the WHO Consultation on Acupuncture at Cervia, Italy in 1996 drew up a list of Commonly Used Points suitable for inclusion in basic training courses. These were selected from the document A Proposed Standard International Acupuncture Nomenclature: Report of a WHO Scientific Group (WHO, Geneva, 1991).
As may be seen from the table below, the selection includes 187 of the 361 classical points, and 14 of the 48 extra points. Thus, the basic training courses for the categories of personnel described lay emphasis on the use of only 201 of a total of 409 points.
The guidelines on safety, which follow, mention certain points as being potentially dangerous and requiring special skill and experience in their use. Some of these are included in the selection of Commonly Used Points, and attention is drawn to this fact.