The main acupuncture points, or meridians, correspond to the 12 inner organs, the spine and the abdomen, according to Los Angeles Chinese Learning Center. The large intestine meridian is located between the thumb and first finger on the back of the hand; it affects bowel disorders and feverish pulmonary diseases.
The meridians correspond to specific organ functions and ailments, explains Los Angeles Chinese Learning Center. The lung meridian is located inside the arm, just above the wrist, and it affects headaches, neck pain, pulmonary problems, facial paralysis and wrist pain. The stomach meridian is found below the front of the knee and affects issues related to nausea, vomiting, anemia, fatigue and immunity problems. The spleen meridian is above the inner ankle.
The gallbladder meridian is at the base of the skull and affects colds,headaches, neck pain, blood pressure and eye tension, states Los Angeles Chinese Learning Center. The liver meridian is between the first and second toe and balances emotions and menstrual issues and eases chest pain. The heart meridian is on the opposite side of the wrist and affects forgetfulness, insomnia, nightmares and mental disorders.
The urinary bladder meridian is on the back of the knee and affects back and leg pain, says Los Angeles Chinese Learning Center. The kidney meridian is behind the ankle, and the small intestine meridian is found on the side of the hand.