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meta tarsal arch

List of acupuncture points

This is a list of acupuncture points, sorted by meridian. They are given by their Chinese name in pinyin, but are also known by the abbreviation for the meridian and the number. For example, Zhongfu (the first point along the lung meridian) is also known as LU1. Note that the names in pinyin are sometimes written as two words, and may or may not be capitalized. The Chinese names are given in traditional Chinese characters.

Traditional Chinese medicine's acupuncture theory predates use of the scientific method, and has received various criticisms based on scientific thinking. There is no known anatomical or histological basis for the existence of acupuncture points or meridians.

Lung (LU) (手太陰肺經)

  1. Zhongfu (中府 LU1) Located on the lateral chest, inferior to the acromial end of the clavicle.
  2. Yunmen (雲門 LU2) Located lateral to the anterior midline, below the clavicle in a depression medial to the coracoid process.
  3. Tianfu (天府 LU3) Located on the upper arm, on the lateral border of the muscle biceps brachii.
  4. Xiabai (俠白 LU4)
  5. Chize (尺澤 LU5)
  6. Kongzui (孔最 LU6)
  7. Lieque (列缺 LU7) Located on the radial side of the forearm, 2 cun above the wrist crease, in a depression just above the styaloid process.
  8. Jingqu (經渠 LU8)
  9. Taiyuan (太淵 LU9)
  10. Yuji (魚際 LU10) Located at the base of the thumb, beneath the mid-point of the first meta-carpal.
  11. Shaoshang (少商 LU11) Located on the outside of the thumb, 0.1 cun from the bottom edge of the nail.

Large intestine (LI) (手陽明大腸經)

  1. Shangyang (商陽 LI1) Located on the radial side of the second digit, 0.1 cun from the corner of the nail bed.
  2. Erjian (二間 LI2)
  3. Sanjian (三間 LI3)
  4. Hegu (合谷 LI4) Located at the base of the V formed by the meta-carpal bones of the thumb and index finger.
  5. Yangxi (陽谿 LI5)
  6. Pianli (偏歴 LI6)
  7. Wenliu (温溜 LI7)
  8. Xialian (下廉 LI8)
  9. Shanglian (上廉 LI9)
  10. Shousanli (手三里 LI10) Located 2 cun below LI11.
  11. Quchi (曲池 LI11) Located at the lateral end of the elbow crease, when the elbow is flexed. There is a product which can be used to stimulate this point in the treatment of hayfever call the 'Qu-Chi Band'
  12. Zhouliao (肘髎 LI12)
  13. Shouwuli (手五里 LI13)
  14. Binao (臂臑 LI14)
  15. Jianyu (肩髃 LI15) Located in a depression formed on the front of the shoulder, when the elbow is flexed and the forearm held horizontal.
  16. Jugu (巨骨 LI16)
  17. Tianding (天鼎 LI17)
  18. Futu (扶突 LI18)
  19. Heliao (禾髎 LI19)
  20. Yingxiang (迎香 LI20) Located in a depression just outside the nostril

Stomach (ST) (足陽明胃經)

  1. Chengqi (承泣)
  2. Sibai (四白)
  3. Juliao (巨髎)
  4. Dicang (地倉)
  5. Daying (大迎)
  6. Jiache (頰車)
  7. Xiaguan (下關)
  8. Touwei (頭維)
  9. Renying (人迎)
  10. Shuitu (水突)
  11. Qishe (氣舍)
  12. Quepen (缺盆)
  13. Qihu (氣戶)
  14. Kufang (庫房)
  15. Wuyi (屋翳)
  16. Yingchuang (膺窗)
  17. Ruzhong (乳中)
  18. Rugen (乳根)
  19. Burong (不容)
  20. Chengman (承滿)
  21. Liangmen (梁門)
  22. Guanmen (關門)
  23. Taiyi (acupuncture point) (太乙)
  24. Huaroumen (滑肉門)
  25. Tianshu (天樞)
  26. Wailing (外陵)
  27. Daju (大巨)
  28. Shuidao (水道)
  29. Guilai (歸來)
  30. Qichong (氣沖)
  31. Biguan (髀關)
  32. Futu (伏兔)
  33. Yinshi (陰市)
  34. Liangqiu (梁丘)
  35. Dubi (犢鼻)
  36. Zusanli (足三里 ST36) Located below the knee, on the anterior tibialis muscle, along the stomach meridian.
  37. Shangjuxu (上巨虛)
  38. Tiaokou (條口)
  39. Xiajuxu (下巨虛)
  40. Fenglong (豐隆)
  41. Jiexi (解溪)
  42. Chongyang (沖陽)
  43. Xiangu (陷谷)
  44. Neiting (內庭)
  45. Lidui (厲兌)

Spleen (SP) (足太陰脾經)

  1. Yinbai (隱白 SP1) Located on the medial side of the big toe, 0.1 cun from the base of the nail.
  2. Dadu (大都) On the great toe, in the depression distal to the metatarsophalangeal joint, at dorsal - plantar junction.
  3. Taibai (太白)
  4. Gongsun (公孫)
  5. Shangqu (商丘)
  6. Sanyinjiao (三陰交 SP6) Located 3 cun above the medial malleolus, posterior to the edge of the tibia
  7. Lougu (漏谷)
  8. Diji (地機)
  9. Yinlingquan (陰陵泉 SP9) Located in a depression between the calf muscle and the tibia, 2 cun below the patella.
  10. Xuehai (血海 SP10) Located 2 cun superior to the patella, on a vertical line above the medial edge of the patella.
  11. Jimen (箕門)
  12. Chongmen (沖門)
  13. Fushe (府舍)
  14. Fujie (腹結)
  15. Daheng (大橫)
  16. Fuai (腹哀)
  17. Shidou (食竇)
  18. Tianxi (天溪)
  19. Xiongxiang (胸鄉)
  20. Zhourong (周榮)
  21. Dabao (大包 SP21) Located between the 6th and 7th ribs, 6 cun below the armpit.

Heart (HE, HT or H) (手少陰心經)

  1. Jiquan (極泉 H1) Located at the centre of the armpit.
  2. Qingling (青靈)
  3. Shaohai (少海 H3) Located at the extreme inner end of the crease formed when the elbow is flexed.
  4. Lingdao (靈道)
  5. Tongli (通里)
  6. Yinxi (陰郄)
  7. Shenmen (神門 HT7) Located on the heart meridian (HT) at the crease of the wrist, on the radial side of the flexor carpi ulnaris tendon, between the ulna and the pisiform bones.
  8. Shaofu (少府)
  9. Shaochong (少沖 H9) Located on the ulnar side of the little finger, at the base of the nail.

Small intestine (SI) (手太陽小腸經)

  1. Shaoze (少澤 SI1) Located on the ulnar side of the little finger, 0.1 cun from the corner of the nail.
  2. Qiangu (前谷)
  3. Houxi (後谿 SI3) Located at the lateral end of the transverse palm crease, on the side of the fist.
  4. Wangu (腕骨)
  5. Yanggu (陽谷)
  6. Yanglao (養老)
  7. Zhizheng (支正)
  8. Xiaohai (小海)
  9. Jianzhen (肩貞)
  10. Naoshu (臑兪)
  11. Tianzong (天宗)
  12. Bingfeng (秉風)
  13. Quyuan (曲垣)
  14. Jianwaishu (肩外兪)
  15. Jianzhongzhu (肩中兪)
  16. Tianchuang (天窓)
  17. Tianrong (天容)
  18. Quanliao (顴髎)
  19. Tinggong (聽宮 SI19) Located anterior to the tragus, in the depression formed when the jaw is opened.

Bladder (BL) (足太陽膀胱經)

  1. Jingming (睛明 BL1) Located at the medial corner of the eye.
  2. Zanzhu (攢竹)
  3. Meichong (眉衝)
  4. Quchai (曲差)
  5. Wuchu (五處)
  6. Chengguang (承光)
  7. Tongtian (通天)
  8. Luoque (絡卻)
  9. Yuzhen (玉枕)
  10. Tianzhu (天柱)
  11. Dazhu (大杼)
  12. Fengmen (風門)
  13. Feishu (肺俞)
  14. Jueyinshu (厥陰俞)
  15. Xinshu (心俞)
  16. Dushu (督俞)
  17. Geshu (膈俞)
  18. Ganshu (肝俞)
  19. Danshu (膽俞)
  20. Pishu (脾俞)
  21. Weishu (胃俞)
  22. Sanjiaoshu (三焦俞)
  23. Shenshu (腎俞)
  24. Qihaishu (氣海俞)
  25. Dachangshu (大腸俞)
  26. Guanyuanshu (關元俞)
  27. Xiaochangshu (小腸俞)
  28. Pangguangshu (膀胱俞)
  29. Zhonglushu (中膂俞)
  30. Baihuanshu (白環俞)
  31. Shangliao (上髎)
  32. Ciliao (次髎)
  33. Zhongliao (中髎)
  34. Xialiao (下髎)
  35. Huiyang (會陽)
  36. Chengfu (承扶)
  37. Yinmen (殷門)
  38. Fuxi (浮郄)
  39. Weiyang (委陽)
  40. Weizhong (委中)
  41. Fufen (附分)
  42. Pohu (魄戶)
  43. Gaohuanshu (膏肓俞)
  44. Shentang (神堂)
  45. Yixi (譩譆)
  46. Geguan (膈關)
  47. Hunmen (魂門)
  48. Yanggang (陽綱)
  49. Yishe (意舍)
  50. Weicang (胃倉)
  51. Huangmen (肓門)
  52. Zhishi (志室)
  53. Baohuang (胞肓)
  54. Zhibian (秩邊)
  55. Heyang (合陽)
  56. Chengjin (承筋)
  57. Chengshan (承山)
  58. Feiyang (飛揚)
  59. Fuyang (跗陽)
  60. Kunlun (崑崙)
  61. Pucan (僕參)
  62. Shenmai (申脈)
  63. Jinmen (金門)
  64. Jinggu (京骨)
  65. Shugu (束骨)
  66. Tonggu (通谷)
  67. Zhiyin (至陰 BL 67) Located at the tip of the fifth toe, and lies along the bladder meridian.

Kidney (KI or K) (足少陰腎經)

  1. Yongquan (涌泉 K1) Located on the mid-line of the sole of the foot, 2/3 of the way forward from the back of the heel.
  2. Rangu (然谷)
  3. Taixi (太溪 K3) Located between the medial malleolus and the Achilles' tendon.
  4. Dazhong (大鐘)
  5. Shuiquan (水泉)
  6. Zhaohai (照海)
  7. Fuliu (復溜)
  8. Jiaoxin (交信)
  9. Zhubin (築賓)
  10. Yingu (陰谷)
  11. Henggu (橫骨)
  12. Dahe (大赫)
  13. Qixue (氣穴)
  14. Siman (四滿)
  15. Zhongzhu (中注)
  16. Huanshu (肓俞)
  17. Shangqu (商曲)
  18. Shiguan (石關)
  19. Yindu (陰都)
  20. Tonggu (通谷)
  21. Youmen (幽門)
  22. Bulang (步廊)
  23. Shenfeng (神封)
  24. Lingxu (靈墟)
  25. Shencang (神藏)
  26. Yuzhong (彧中)
  27. Shufu (俞府 K27) Located in a depression beneath the clavicle, 2 cun from the mid-line of the body.

Pericardium (PC or P) (手厥陰心包經)

  1. Tianchi (天池 P1) Located between the 4th and 5th ribs, just lateral to the nipple.
  2. Tianquan (天泉)
  3. Quze (曲泽)
  4. Ximen (郄門)
  5. Jianshi (間使)
  6. Neiguan (內關 P6) Located on the wrist, along the pericardium meridian.
  7. Daling (大陵)
  8. Laogong (勞宮 P8) Located where the nail of the middle finger touches the palm of the hand, when a fist is formed.
  9. Zhongchong (中冲 P9) Located at the centre of the tip of the middle finger.

Triple Burner (also Triple - Heater, Warmer or Energizer) or San Jiao, (TB or SJ) (手少陽三焦經)

  1. Guanchong (關沖 SJ1) Located on the lateral side of the 4th (ring) finger, 0.1 cun from the base of the nail.
  2. Yemen (液門)
  3. Zhongzhu (中渚)
  4. Yangchi (陽池)
  5. Waiguan (外關)
  6. Zhigou (支溝)
  7. Huizong (會宗)
  8. Sanyangluo (三陽絡)
  9. Sidu (四瀆)
  10. Tianjing (天井)
  11. Qinglengyuan (清冷淵)
  12. Xiaoluo (消濼)
  13. Naohui (臑會)
  14. Jianliao (肩髎)
  15. Tianliao (天髎)
  16. Tianyou (天牖)
  17. Yifeng (翳風)
  18. Qimai (瘛脈)
  19. Luxi (顱息)
  20. Jiaosun (角孫)
  21. Ermen (耳門)
  22. Heliao (和髎)
  23. Sizhukong (絲竹空 SJ23) Located at the lateral end of the eyebrow.

Gall bladder (GB) (足少陽膽經)

  1. Tongziliao (瞳子髎 GB1) Located in a small depression lateral to the eye.
  2. Tinghui (聽會)
  3. Shangguan (上關)
  4. Hanyan (頷厭)
  5. Xuanlu (懸顱)
  6. Xuanli (懸釐)
  7. Qubin (曲鬢)
  8. Shuaigu (率谷)
  9. Tianchong (天沖)
  10. Fubai (浮白)
  11. Touqiaoyin (頭竅陰)
  12. Wangu (完骨)
  13. Benshen (本神)
  14. Yangbai (陽白)
  15. Toulinqi (頭臨泣)
  16. Muchuang (目窗)
  17. Zhengying (正營)
  18. Chengling (承靈)
  19. Naokong (腦空)
  20. Fengchi (風池)
  21. Jianjing (肩井)
  22. Yuanye (淵腋)
  23. Zhejin (輒筋)
  24. Riyue (日月)
  25. Jingmen (京門)
  26. Daimai (帶脈)
  27. Wushu (五樞)
  28. Weidao (維道)
  29. Juliao (居髎)
  30. Huantiao (環跳)
  31. Fengshi (風市)
  32. Zhongdu (中瀆)
  33. Xiyangguan (膝陽關)
  34. Yanglingquan (陽陵泉)
  35. Yangjiao (陽交)
  36. Waiqui (外丘)
  37. Guangming (光明)
  38. Yangfu (陽輔)
  39. Xuanzhong (懸鐘)
  40. Qiuxu (丘墟)
  41. Zulinqi (足臨泣)
  42. Diwuhui (地五會)
  43. Jiaxi (俠溪)
  44. Zuqiaoyin (足竅陰 GB44) Located on the lateral side of the 4th toe, 0.1 cun from the nail.

Liver (LR or LV) (足厥陰肝經)

  1. Dadun (大敦 LV1) Located on the lateral side of the big toe, 0.1 cun from the baseo of the nail.
  2. Xingjian (行間)
  3. Taichong (太沖 LV3) Located between the big toe and 2nd toe, just in front of the point where the first two meta-tarsal bones come together.
  4. Zhongfeng (中封)
  5. Ligou (蠡溝)
  6. Zhongdu (中都)
  7. Xiguan (膝關)
  8. Ququan (曲泉)
  9. Yinbao (陰包)
  10. Zuwuli (足五里)
  11. Yinlian (陰廉)
  12. Jimai (急脈)
  13. Zhangmen (章門)
  14. Qimen (期門 LV14) Located between the 6th and 7th ribs, directly below the nipple.

Conception Vessel or Ren (CV) (任脈)

  1. Huiyin (會陰 Ren1) Located half way between the anus and the genitals.
  2. Qugu (曲骨)
  3. Zhongji (中極)
  4. Guanyuan (關元)
  5. Shimen (石門)
  6. Qihai (氣海 Ren6) Located 1.5 cun below the navel.
  7. Yinjiao (陰交)
  8. Shenque (神闕)
  9. Shuifen (水分)
  10. Xiaguan (下脘)
  11. Jianli (建里)
  12. Zhongguan (中脘)
  13. Shangguan (上脘)
  14. Juque (巨闕)
  15. Jiuwei (鳩尾)
  16. Zhongting (中庭)
  17. Shanzhong (膻中)
  18. Yutang (玉堂)
  19. Zigong (紫宮)
  20. Huagai (華蓋)
  21. Xuanji (璇璣)
  22. Tiantu (天突)
  23. Lianquan (廉泉)
  24. Chengjiang (承漿 Ren24) Located on the mid-line of the body, just below the lower lip.

Governing Vessel or Du (GV or Du) (督脈)

  1. Changqiang (長強 Du1) Located exactly half way between the anus and the coccyx.
  2. Yaoshu (腰兪)
  3. Yaoyangguan (腰陽關)
  4. Mingmen (命門)
  5. Xuanshu (懸樞)
  6. Jizhong (脊中)
  7. Zhongshu (中樞)
  8. Jinsuo (筋縮)
  9. Zhiyang (至陽)
  10. Lingtai (霊台)
  11. Shendao (神道)
  12. Shenzhu (身柱)
  13. Taodao (陶道)
  14. Dazhui (大椎)
  15. Yamen (瘂門)
  16. Fengfu (風府)
  17. Naohu (脳戸)
  18. Qiangjian (強間)
  19. Houding (後頂)
  20. Baihui (百會 Du20) Located at the top of the head, in line with the ears.
  21. Qianding (前頂)
  22. Xinhui (顖會)
  23. Shangxing (上星)
  24. Shenting (神庭)
  25. Suliao (素髎)
  26. Shuigou (水溝 Du26) Located in the depression below the septum, 2/3 of the way up.
  27. Duiduan (兌端)
  28. Yinjiao (齦交 Du28) Located inside the mouth, at the junction of the gum and upper lip.

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