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The Bladder has one main function:
 To Remove/Excrete Water by Qi
transformation
The “dirty” part of fuids separated by the SI pass on to the
Bladder, which further transforms them into urine. The Bladder
subsequently stores and ecretes urine.
The Small Intestine and Bladder wor! to"ether to mo#e fuids in
the $ower Burner. This connection eplains how some %eart
disharmonies can be transmitted to the Bladder #ia the SI.
The Bladder&s function of transformin" fuids requires qi and
heat, which are pro#ided by 'idney (an". It is for this reason
that symptoms of Bladder de)ciency are similar to those of
'idney (an" de)ciency.
*inally, the Bladder is assisted in its function of fuids
transformation by the Triple +ner"i,er, or more precisely, the
$ower Burner, which has the function of ma!in" sure the water
passa"es in the lower part of the body are open and free.
Summary of Point Functions and ndications
$i!e the Small Intestine, $ar"e Intestine and Triple +ner"i,er
channels, there is little direct clinical relationship between the
Bladder channel and the function of the Bladder fu. It is true that
se#eral points of the B$ channel are important in the treatment
of urinary diseases, but this is primarily due to the fact that they
are bac! shu points of the T+, 'I and B$, local points lyin" o#er
the re"ion of the Bladder, or distal points with a special
relationship to fuids transformation.
There is a #ery wide ran"e of actions and indications for points
alon" this channel, and it would not ser#e to try to list it here.
Functions of the Bladder
Primary !hannel Path"ay
-. The channel be"ins at
the inner canthus of
the eye at B$ - and
ascends alon" the
forehead to the #erte
to intersect with .B
-/, .0 12 3acc. to 4,
also with .0 15 at this
point.6 and passes
throu"h B$ 789
1. :t B$ ; a deep branch
passes to .0 15 and
then descends to the
posterior aspect of the
head to the ear,
connectin" with .B ;8
-1. 3<apanese
traditions says that
from here the channel
enters the ear and
inside the brain and
reappears at the top of
the head.6
7. : second branch from
B$ ; passes into the
brain, lin!s with .0 -;,
and emer"es to meet
the main pathway at
B$ -5.
2. :t B$ -5 the meridian
splits into two main
pathways. The medial
branch "oes down the
nec! to .0 -2,-7, runs
parallel to the
#ertebral column from
B$ -- to the sacrum,
3penetratin" deep into
the para8#ertebral
muscles at B$ 17 to
connect with the 'I
and B$ or"ans6
descends throu"h the
"luteal re"ion and ends in the popliteal fossa at B$ /2.
The Bladder Channel
/. The second branch "oes strai"ht down alon" the medial border of
the scapula to the buttoc!, passes throu"h the "luteal re"ion and .B 75,
tra#els down the lateral aspect of the thi"h, and re=oins the other branch
at the popliteal fossa 3B$ /26
9. The meridian descends the posterior and posterolateral aspects of the
lower le" to the lateral malleolus, then runs alon" the lateral aspect of the
foot to the /
th
di"it, endin" at B$ 9;.
The Bladder Channel
#iver$ent !hannel
• :fter separatin" from the primary meridian in the popliteal fossa,
the di#er"ent meridian tra#els to a point / :>I inferior to the
sacrum
• It then detours into the anal re"ion, connects with the Bladder and
disperses in the 'idneys.
• Then it follows the spine and disperses in the re"ion of the %eart
before emer"in" at the nec! to re"ion the primary meridian.
!onnectin$ !hannel
• This lea#es with primary meridian at B$ /? on the lateral aspect of
the lower le" and connects with the 'idney meridian.
%uscle !hannel
• This channels ori"inates at the )fth toe, proceeds to bind at the
lateral malleolus and then binds at the lateral aspect of the !nee.
• : lower branch etends below the lateral malleolus to the heel,
then ascends to bind at the lateral mar"in of the popliteal fossa.
• :nother branch starts at the =oinin" of the lateral and medial
heads of the "astrocnemius muscle and ascends to bind at the
medial mar"in of the popliteal fossa.
• These two branches =oin in the "luteal re"ion and continue up the
side of the spine to the nape of the nec!, where a branch passes
inwards to the root of the ton"ue.
• Superior to he nec!, the channel binds with the occiput and passes
o#er the head to bind at the brid"e of the nose.
• : branch crosses the top of the eye and binds at the inferior
border of the nose.
• :nother branch passes form the lateral mar"in of the posterior
aillary crease to bind with $I -/ at the shoulder.
• :nother pathway crosses below the ailla and tra#els o#er the
chest, emer"in" at the supracla#icular fossa and ascendin" to bind
at .B -1, posterior to the ear.
• : further branch emer"es from the supracla#icular fossa and
crosses the face to a point beside the nose.
The Bladder Channel
Entry &oint' Reunion &oint ⊥ ( ) *
+in Qiao %o' +an$ Qiao %o' #u %o
Location @n the brid"e of the nose in a small depression
- fen superior to A - fen medial to the medial canthus of
the eye
<BC
.1 cun superior and medial to the medial canthus of the
eye
CTA
Needling D5E insertion .18.7 cun
Function  Entry &oint  +pels Cind
F,4,B
 Reunion: S' B,' TE' -B'  >lears %eat
F,4,B
ST ./-0 acc1 to #2  Bri"htens eyes
F,B
, Bene)ts
eyes
4
 Stops pain, itchin", waterin"
F
Name Bri$ht Eyes
3in$: eye, pupil
%in$: to bri"hten, bri"ht
4lternate 5ames: Bri"ht
+ssence, Tear %ole
Inner >anthus
B$ - is called Bri"ht +yes because it treats a #ariety of
eye problems and impro#es the eyesi"ht. The character
min" is particularly appropriate for representin" the eyes
because it is composed of the character for sun A moon,
and the sun and moon are called “the two eyes of hea#en
and earth.” *urthermore, it is said that when the )#e
#iscera fourish, the eyes shine li!e the sun and moon.
The alternate name, Bri"ht +ssence, if not due to
mistranscription is a reference to the theory that essence
manifests in the eyes. :s the Spiritual :is states, “The
essential qi of the )#e #iscera and si bowels fows up into
the eyes to manifest as essence.”
LJ :n alternate name for B$ - is also pronounced (in" Fin",
but is based on a diGerent character. The name may be
translated as HBadiance of <in".H Chen the )res of min"
men burn bri"htly, the eyes shine with a radiance that
refects the purity of oneIs essential nature 3=in"6. This
point plays a crucial role in mediatin" the interaction of
anterior and posterior hea#en.
Other
BL 1 Eyes Bright
 There is a diGerence between loo!in" and seein". Ce
tend to loo! at each other and form a =ud"ment, but
when you S++, no =ud"ment is needed.
 This point helps a person be"in to see with hisJher
Spirit&s eye. Chen you see with your Spirit, you see
thin"s you ne#er dreamed eisted.
 This is not a Cindow but has the same eGect if it&s
used with 'idney 17J12J1/. If used this way, it really
accesses the patient.
 This point is also #aluable for the physical eye. It
bri"htens up ima"es physically, mentally and
spiritually. This point has more direct control o#er
secretions than any other point, ma!in" it the best
hormonal point. It can clear edema of the mind,
foodin", etc. It also brin"s ener"y to the Bladder
meridian on any le#el. Kse this point if the patient has
ec,ema and has e#er used cortisone.
BL 1 Eyes Bright
⊥ 6 ) *
Location In the depression at the medial end of the eyebrow
4irectly superior to the medial canthus of the eye
<BC
irectly superior to the medial canthus
At the medial end of the eye!ro"
#n the depression on the superciliary arch
CTA
Needling 3-6 15E insertion inferiorly towards B$ - for eye diseases
316 5E lateral insertion to =oin with F8%L 9 3yuyao6 for
supraorbital pain
376 Mric! to bleed for heat disorders
:ccordin" to se#eral classical tets, this point is
contraindicated for moa
Function  +pels Cind
F,B,4
 Bri"htens the eyes
F,B,4
 Soothes the $i#er
F
 >lears %eat
4
 Bemo#es obstructions from the channel
F
 Stops pain
F,4
 >lears the %ead
4
Name Bamboo -atherin$
7an: sa#e, accumulate
!uan: to "ather, collect, brin"
to"ether
7hu: bamboo
4lternate 5ames: :t the
+yebrow, +yebrow
Boot of the
+yebrow,
Chen bamboo is "athered and put in branches, @ri"in
Millar, Millar Border,
it can be seen to resemble a lar"e eyebrow. Fan Mresent,
Bri"ht $i"ht,
The character cuan, meanin" to "ather, has a hand
Be"innin" of $i"ht,
radical. Because B$ 1 is located at the inner etreme Li"ht
$i"ht, Tear %ole
of the eyebrow, its position is analo"ous to the hand that
"athers the bamboo.
B$ 1 may be translated as Bamboo .atherin". The
eyebrow resembles a bamboo leaf and the inner corner,
where the point is located, is the spot where the brow 3or
leaf6 "athers.
BL $ Collect Bam!oo
Other
 This point can be used as a bac! up to the entry point.
 It is also "ood for sinus and head type symptoms
when caused by Cater =ammin" up.
 It is a "reat anti8hay fe#er point.
BL % Eye!ro"s &ushing
⊥ ( ) (
Location @n the head
N :>I superior to the natural hair line
7N :>I directly superior to B$ 1
<BC
.'( cun lateral to the anterior median line
irectly a!o)e BL $
*.( cun posterior to the anterior hairline+
CTA
Needling 5E insertion ./8- cun
:ccordin" to some sources, this point is contraindicated
for moa
Function  4ispels Cind
C,4,B
 >lears %eat
C,B
 Bri"htens the eyes
C,B
 >lears the head
4
 :lle#iates pain
4
 Bene)ts the eyes and nose
4
Name Eyebro" 4scension
%ei: +yebrow
!hon$: to pour, rinse, fushO to
chan"e
In this instance the character >hon" may be ta!en to
mean “to rise up,” as in the phrase >hon" Tian “to rise to
hea#en.” B$ 7 is located directly abo#e the eyebrow, half
an inch behind the hairline. The name +yebrow :scension
depicts channel qi risin" from the eyebrow to this point.
Other
 This point is "ood for Cater headaches and mi"raines.
 (ou can use this point with Bladder - and the Source
Moint 3B$ 926.
BL % Eye!ro"s &ushing
⊥ 6 ) (89
Location -.7 :>I lateral to the median line of the head
N :>I superior to the natural hairline
N :>I lateral to B$ 7
<BC
1.( cun lateral to the anterior median line
One third of the distance from ,-$. to /T 0
*.( cun posterior to the anterior hairline+
CTA
Needling 5E insertion ./8- cun
Function  4ischar"es %eat A opens the portals
C,B
 >lears the head
C,4,B

 Bri"htens the eyes
C,B
 Bene)ts the eyes and nose
4
 +pels Cind
4
 :lle#iates pain
4
Name #eviatin$ Turn
Qu: bent, croo!ed
!ha: diGerenceO chaiP to send
on an errand
4lternate 5ame: Lose *lush

This point name is a reference to the point&s location in
relation to the other B$ points in this area.
B$ 2 is alternately named Lose *lush in reference to its
ability to treat nasal con"estion and other disorders of the
nose.
BL % Eye!ro"s &ushing
⊥ ( ) *
Location -.7 :>I lateral to the median line of the head
N :>I superior to B$ 2
<BC
1.( cun lateral to the anterior median line
.( cun posterior to BL .
*1 cun posterior to the anterior hairline+
CTA
Needling 5E insertion ./8- cun
:ccordin" to se#eral classical tets, this point is
contraindicated for moa
Function  Subdues Interior Cind
F,4
 4escends yan" and clears heat
4
 4iGuses and dischar"es Cind8%eat
B
 >lears the head and nose
4,B
 Bri"htens the eyes
B
 Bestores consciousness
F
Name Fifth Place
Wa: )#e
!hu: a place
4lternate 5ame: .reat Mlace
*ifth Mlace is an allusion to this point&s position as the )fth
point on the channel.
BL ( Fi)e 1laces
⊥ ( ) *
Location -.7 :>I lateral to the median line of the head
-N :>I superior to B$ /
<BC
1.( cun lateral to the superior median line
1.( cun posterior to BL (
*$.( cun posterior tot eh anterior hairline+
CTA
Needling 5E insertion ./8- cun
:ccordin" to se#eral classical and modern tets, this point
is contraindicated for moa
Function  >lears %eat
C,4,B
 +liminates #eation
C,B
 Bri"htens the eyes and opens the portals
C,B
 +liminates Cind
4
 >lears the head
4
 Bene)ts the eyes and nose
4
Name ,i$ht -uard
!hen$: To underta!e as one&s
responsibilityO
to carry, to recei#e, hold
-uan$: $i"ht, to shine
4lternate 5ame: $i"ht .uard
The character >hen" can mean to ta!e on responsibility
for a tas!. The second character, .uan" means li"ht and
may be ta!en as a representation of the eyesi"ht.
Because B$ 9 protects the eyesi"ht and treats related
disorders, this point can be said to bear responsibility for
or to be a "uardian of the eyesi"ht 3hence, $i"ht .uard6.
This point name mi"ht also be rendered as Becei#in" the
$i"ht, as >hen" can also mean to recei#e 3the li"ht in this
instance bein" sunli"ht, or perhaps the "low of the head&s
yan" qi6.
Other
 This point brin"s li"ht where there was dar!ness. It is
"ood when a person&s mind is imprisoned and
tormented 3se#ere mental disorders6.
 (ou must wait until a person is ready to recei#e the
li"ht before usin" this point.
BL ( Fi)e 1laces
⊥ ( ) (89
Location -.7 :>I lateral to the median line of the head
-N :>I superior to B$ 9
<BC
1.( cun lateral to the superior median line
1.( cun posterior to BL (
*$.( cun posterior to the anterior hairline+
CTA
Needling 5E insertion ./8- cun
:ccordin" to se#eral modern tets, this point is
contraindicated for moa
Function  Subdues Cind
F,B

 Besol#es the eterior
B
 >lears the nose
F,B

 Bene)ts and re"ulates the nose
4
 Bri"htens the eyes
F
 @pens the ori)ces
F
 >lears the head
4
 Stops con#ulsions
F
Name !elestial !onnection
Ton$: To free, unbloc!O to be
freed,
unbloc!edO to connect,
communicate
Tian: >elestial, of the hea#ensO
s!y, LatureO
%ea#en
4lternate 5ames: >elestial
>onnection
>elestial $ord,
The character Tian can be considered a
>elestial Chite,
reference to the #erte of the head, while the
>elestial Fortar,
character Ton" may be construed as indicatin" @ld as the
%ea#ens
the connectin" #essel that runs from B$ ; to .0 15O
hence the name >elestial >onnection.
Bendered as Knbloc! %ea#en, the name is a refection of
this point&s function of clearin" the nose. %ea#en here
refers to the uppermost #iscus, the lun", which opens at
the nose.
Other
BL ' 1enetrate 2ea)en
 This point is stron"est on the Spirit le#el but also
stron" on the mental le#el.
 It brin"s peace and calm where there is trouble
3despair, chaos, mania at Spirit or mental le#el6.
BL ' 1enetrate 2ea)en
⊥ ( ) (89
Location -.7 :>I lateral to the median line of the head
-N :>I superior to B$ ;
<BC
1.( cun lateral to the superior median line
1.( cun posterior to BL '
*(.( cun posterior to the anterior hairline+
CTA
Needling 5E insertion ./8- cun
Function  >lears Cind
C,4,B
 >lears %eat
C,B
 Bri"htens the eyes
C,B
 Bene)ts the sense or"ans
4
 Transforms phle"m
4
 >lears the %ead
B
 >alms the Spirit
4
Name #eclinin$ !onnection
,uo: mesh, connectO connectin"
#essel
Que: to retreatO refuse
4lternate 5ames: Brain >o#er,
Stron" (an"
>onnectin" >left
The path of the B$ channel be"ins its steep decline after
crossin" the #erte of the head and passin" throu"h B$ ?.
The character $uo may be a reference to the connectin"
#essels located in the #icinity of this point 3one #essel
connects to the brain6.
$uo are small red #essels in the eye. Leedlin" this point
causes these #essels to recede, thus the point name could
also be rendered as 0essel Becession.
BL 0 Lou End
⊥ ( ) (89
Location -.7 :>I lateral to the median line of the head
@n the occipital bone at the le#el of .0 -;
<BC
1.% cun lateral to the posterior median line
$.( cun superior to the posterior natural hairline
Le)el "ith the superior !order of the e3ternal occipital
protu!erance 4 ,- 1'
CTA
Needling 5E insertion ./8- cun
Function  >lears Cind
C,4,B
and cold
4

 Quic!ens the connectin" #essels
C,B
 *rees the portals A bri"htens the eyes
C,B
 :lle#iates pain
4
 Bene)ts the nose and eyes
4
Name 3ade Pillo"
+a: <ade
7hen: Millow
The occipital bone is called Rhen (u, literally “pillow
bone,” the name "i#en to B$ D in +ssential Questions. :n
obsolete synonym was “=ade pillow bone,” the word =ade
bein" added for aesthetic reasons or to emphasi,e the
bone&s importance. The name can be seen to deri#e from
its location on the occipital protuberance.
BL 5 Jade 1illo"
Windo" of the S:y ⊥ (89 ) (
Location @n the posterior nec! at the base of the occipital bone on the
trape,ius
%alfway between .0 -9 and .0 15
<BC
1.% cun lateral to the posterior median line6 .( cun superior to
the posterior natural hairline
#n a depression on the trape7ius muscle6 on a le)el "ith ,- 1(
Note: The origin of BL 18 le)el "ith ,- 19 is un:no"n6
although it is illustrated in this location in ;1oints of Chinese
Acupuncture< !y r. J. La)ier.
CTA
Needling 55E insertion ./8.? cun
Function  Windo" of the S:y
 +pels Cind
F,B,4
and dissipates cold
B
 >lears the brain
F
, >lears the head
B
, Bene)ts the head
4
 @pens the ori)ces
F
, Bene)ts the sensory ori)ces
4
 Soothes the sinews
F,B
 Bemo#es obstructions
F,4
 Bri"htens the eyes
F,B
 Belie#es pain
B,4
 In#i"orates the lower bac!
F
 >alms the Spirit
4
Name !elestial Pillar
Tian: >elestial, of the hea#ensO
s!yO LatureO
%ea#en
7hu: Millar
The two muscles at the nape of the nec! 3trape,ius6 appear li!e
two pillars supportin" the head 3hea#en6. The word pillar can
also be interpreted as alludin" to the cer#ical #ertebrae,
because in ancient times the #ertebrae of the nec! were
collecti#ely called tian ,hu "u, the celestial pillar bone. :s mi"ht
be epected from the point&s location, B$ -5 treats disorders of
the nec!.  B$ -5 has a ST:B name. It is a star in the
constellation 4raco. 
LJ This point is situated at the top of the trape,ius muscle and is
directly under the occipital bone. The trape,ius is the pillar that
literally holds up the head, which represents hea#en. :s the
spine is the pillar of the body, this point is the pillar of the spirit
that holds oneIs head up and stands tall. In >hinese mytholo"y,
the body of the hea#enly ancestor Man8"u was the pillar that
uni)ed hea#en and earth before the human race lost its ori"inal
nature. I ha#e often used this point combination with B$ /2, .0
7 and ST 79 to empower a person to stand up for himself.
Other
 This is an ecellent point, as powerful as the 'idney chest
points. Kse it when a patient needs the stren"th of the
hea#ens so that heJshe can see and hold himselfJherself up,
be stron" and mo#e on in life.
BL 18 2ea)enly 1illar
 The person may be fri"htened of what heJshe mi"ht see or
be. %eJshe may be o#erwhelmed and would rather stay in
“prison” than see somethin" that&s percei#ed as too much.
Beware of openin" this Cindow before the patient is ready
to see.
 This is a pillar which brin"s “I can” spirit, brin"s coura"e
with the capacity to see. %abitual mental ne"ati#ity is
eposed to new possibilities and the patient must ha#e the
stren"th to support the new #ision or the treatment won&t
be eGecti#e. The nec!, shoulders and upper bac! are the
shoc! absorbers of our chest. It&s where we li#e. This point
helps loosen, lubricate and relie#e tension here.
BL 5 Jade 1illo"
Reunion &oint' Sea of Blood
⊥ ( ) ;
n<uential &oint' E# &oint' First 4id &oint
Location @n the bac!
1 :>I lateral to the median line
In the space between the spinous processes of the -
st
and
1
nd
thoracic #ertebra
<BC
Needling 2/E insertion towards the spine, /8- cun or 15E insertion
-8-./ cun
= >?@ insertion carries a substantial ris: for causin$
a Pneumothorax =
Function  Reunion B, A -B ./ S' TE' -0 acc1 to #2
 Sea of Blood
 n<uential &oint for Bones
 First 4id: s&rains A fractures
 E# &oint
 Beleases the +terior
F,4
, secures the eterior
4
 +pels Cind
F,4,B
 Stren"thens Bones
F,4,B
and =oints
4,B
 Soothes Sinews
F,B
 Be"ulates $un" qi and alle#iates cou"h
4
 Besol#es eterior heat
B
 Lourishes Blood
F
Name -reat Shuttle
#a: $ar"e
7hu: a reed, a wea#er&s shuttle
4lternate 5ame: Bac! Shu
In ancient >hina the spinal #ertebrae were referred to as
,hu "u, shuttle bones, because the #ertebrae resembled a
shuttle wea#in" in and out of the pattern formed by the
posterior rib ca"e. The )rst #ertebra, bein" the most
prominent, is labeled with the epithet “"reat”. This point
is located =ust lateral to that bone, hence the name.
Other
 This is a point of the Sea of Blood. Tonify it for anemia
and sedate it for a hi"h fe#er.
 It is a )rst aid point for fractures, bone disorders, and
arthritis.
BL 11 ,reat /huttle
Reunion &oint
⊥ 9 ) 98B?
Location @n the bac!
1 :>I lateral to the median line
In the space between the 1
nd
and 7
rd
thoracic #ertebra
<BC
Needling 2/E insertion towards the spine, /8- cun or 15E insertion
-8-./ cun
= >?@ insertion or C9@ needlin$ away from the spine
carries a substantial ris: for
causin$ a Pneumothorax =
Function  Reunion of B, A -0
 +pels and pre#ents eterior wind
F,B,4
 Beleases the +terior
F,B,4
 Stimulates $K dispersin" function
F,4

 4iGuses the $un"
B
 Stren"thens Cei qi and )rms the eterior
B,4
 Be"ulates .u A (in" qi
F
 Bene)ts the nose
4
Name Wind -ate
Fen$: Cind
%en: .ate
4lternate 5ames: %eat
Fansion,
Cind Fansion
B$ -1 is called Cind .ate both because wind patho"ens
enter the body there, and because the point can be used
to treat eterior wind patterns. The alternate names also
refect this line of reasonin".
Other
 This point is "ood for Cind type symptoms and any
Cind induced illness, internal or eternal. It&s
"enerally used for people who are #ery sensiti#e to
the Cind.
BL 11 ,reat /huttle
,un$ 4EP .4E2 ⊥ (89 ) ;86?
Location @n the bac!
1 :>I lateral to the median line
In the space between the spinous processes of the 7
rd
and
2
th
thoracic #ertebra
<BC
Needling 2/E insertion towards the spine, /8- cun or 15E insertion
-8-./ cun
= >?@ insertion or C9@ needlin$ away from the spine
carries a substantial ris: for
causin$ a Pneumothorax =
Function  ,un$ 4EP .4E2
 Stimulates $K dispersin" A descendin"
F,4
 Be"ulates A Toni)es $K qi
F,4,B

 Toni)es $K (in
4

 Be"ulates (in" A Cei qi
F
 Stops cou"h
F
 >lears %eat from $K
F,4,B
 Beleases the eterior
4
 Supplements taation and detriment
B
 %armoni,es construction and blood
B
Name ,un$ Shu
Fei: $un"
Shu: :cupuncture Moint
:ssociated shu points are located near their associated
or"ans. B$ -7 is located near the $un".
BL 1% Lung Correspondence
Pericardium 4EP .4E2 ⊥ ( ) ;
Location @n the bac!
1 :>I lateral to the median line
In the space between the 2
th
and /
th
thoracic #ertebra
<BC
Needling 2/E insertion towards the spine, /8- cun or 15E insertion
-8-./ cun
= >?@ insertion or C9@ needlin$ away from the spine
carries a substantial ris: for
causin$ a Pneumothorax =
Function  Pericardium 4EP .4E2
 Be"ulates the %eart
F,4
 Soothes the $B and recti)es qi
B
 Spreads $B qi and unbinds the chest
4
 Be"ulates and descends qi
4
 *rees the channels and quic!ens the connectin" #essels
B
Name 3ue +in Shu
3ue: *aint, lose
consciousness
+in: (in, complement of
(an"
Shu: :cupuncture point
4lternate 5ames: <ue
Shu,
.ate Tower
Shu
This is the shu point for the pericardium connectin"
#essel. Since the pericardium belon"s to the =ue yin, the
point is called <ue (in Shu. It is the pericardium connectin"
#essel that has an associated shu point and not the #iscus
itselfO at the time these points were named, the
pericardium was not one of the ele#en or"ans.
BL 1% Lung Correspondence
Deart 4EP .4E2 ⊥ ( ) (
Location @n the bac!
1 :>I lateral to the median line
In the space between the /
th
and 9
th
thoracic #ertebra
<BC
Needling 2/E insertion towards the spine, /8- cun or 15E insertion
-8-./ cun
= >?@ insertion or C9@ needlin$ away from the spine
carries a substantial ris: for
causin$ a Pneumothorax =
Function  Deart 4EP .4E2
 >alms the Spirit
F,4,B
, stabili,es the disposition
B
 Lourishes the %eart
F,4,B
 Knbinds the chest
4,B

 Besol#es blood stasis
4
 In#i"orates Blood
F
 >lears %eat
F,B
 >lears %eart *ire
4
 Be"ulates %T qi
4,B
 Stimulates the Brain
F
Name Deart Shu
*in: %eart
Shu: :cupuncture point
4lternate 5ames: Bac! Shu,
%eart&s Shu
:ssociated shu points are located near their associated
or"ans. B$ -/ is le#el with the %eart.
Other
 4on&t i"nore this point. It&s nice if you&#e been doin"
command points and there is a chan"e, but not solid
enou"h. If this is the case, only use moa on this
point.
 If the %eart has been se#erely whac!ed, you can use
moa and a needle.
BL 1( 2eart Correspondence
-0 4EP ⊥ * ) (
Location @n the bac!
1 :>I lateral to the median line
In the space between the 9
th
and ;
th
thoracic #ertebra
<BC
Needling 2/E insertion towards the spine, /8- cun or 15E insertion
-8-./ cun
= >?@ insertion or C9@ needlin$ away from the spine
carries a substantial ris: for
causin$ a Pneumothorax =
Function  -0 4EP
 Be"ulates qi in the chest and abdomen
4
 $oosens the chest and recti)es qi
B
 Mromotes re"ulated fow throu"h the Triple Burner
B
 Be"ulates the %eart
F
 In#i"orates Blood
F
Name -overnin$ Shu
#u: To "o#ern
Shu: :cupuncture point
4lternate 5ames: %i"h Boost,
%i"h >o#er
Lot only the or"ans, but other anatomical entities as well
ha#e associated shu points. B$ -9 is the shu point for the
.o#ernin" 0essel.
BL 1( 2eart Correspondence
#ia&hra$m 4EP' n<uential &oint
⊥ C ) ;86?
First 4id &oint
Location @n the bac!
1 :>I lateral to the median line
In the space between the ;
th
and ?
th
thoracic #ertebra
<BC
Needling 2/E insertion towards the spine, /8- cun or 15E insertion
-8-./ cun
= >?@ insertion or C9@ needlin$ away from the spine
carries a substantial ris: for
causin$ a Pneumothorax =
Function  #ia&hra$m 4EP
 n<uential &oint for Blood
 First 4id: hiccu&s' numbness
 Bemo#es obstructions from the diaphra"m
F,B,4
 @pens the chest
F,B

 Maci)es Stomach qi
F,B
 Lourishes A In#i"orates Blood
F,4

 4ispels Blood stasis
4
 >lears Blood %eat
B,4

 Stops bleedin"
4
 Becti)es #acuity and detriment
B
 4escends rebellious qi
4
 Toni)es qi A blood
F
 >lears %eat
F
 >alms the Spirit
F
Name #ia&hra$m Shu
-e: 4iaphra"m
Shu: :cupuncture point
4lternate 5ame: Cithin the ;
th
Burner
The point is located at the le#el of the diaphra"m and is
the diaphra"m shu. The alternate name is li!ely a
transcription error. <iao, burner, was probably mista!enly
substituted for ,hui #ertebra. The name should ha#e been
within the ;
th
#ertebra.
Other
 This point is "reat for bloodSwhether it&s not clottin"
or clottin" too much. Kse this point with Spleen 9.
BL 1' iaphragm Correspondence
BL 1' iaphragm Correspondence
,iver 4EP .4E2 ⊥ ( ) ;86?
Location @n the bac!
1 :>I lateral to the median line
In the space between the D
th
and -5
th
thoracic #ertebra
<BC
Needling 2/E insertion towards the spine, /8- cun or 15E insertion
-8-./ cun
= >?@ insertion or C9@ needlin$ away from the spine
carries a substantial ris: for
causin$ a Pneumothorax =
Function  ,iver 4EP .4E2
 Fo#es sta"nant qi
F
, spreads $B qi
4
 Be"ulates and nourishes $B blood
4
 Supplements construction8blood
B
 4isperses stasis
B
 Bene)ts $i#er A .all Bladder
F
 Bene)ts the eyes
F,4
and sinews
4
 Besol#es 4amp8%eat
F,4,B
 >ools *ire
4
 +liminates Cind
F,4
 Bri"htens and eyes
B
 Stabili,es the Spirit
B
Name ,iver Shu
-an: $i#er
Shu: :cupuncture point
The point&s association with the li#er accounts for its
name.
BL 10 Li)er Correspondence
-all Bladder 4EP ⊥ (89 ) (8B9
Location @n the bac!
1 :>I lateral to the median line
In the space between the -5
th
and --
th
thoracic #ertebra
<BC
Needling 2/E insertion towards the spine, /8- cun or 15E insertion
-8-./ cun
= >?@ insertion or C9@ needlin$ away from the spine
carries a substantial ris: for
causin$ a Pneumothorax =
Function  -all Bladder 4EP
 Besol#es 4amp8%eat in $i#er A .B
F,4,B
 Toni)es and re"ulates .B qi
4
 >lears .B *ire
B
 >lears Shao (an" patho"enic factors
4
 Maci)es the Stomach
F,B
 Belaes the diaphra"m
F,B
 Bri"htens the eyes
B
 Toni)es 4e)ciency
4
Name -all Bladder Shu
#an: .all Bladder
Shu: :cupuncture point
This point&s association with the .all Bladder accounts for
its name.
BL 15 ,all Bladder Correspondence
S&leen 4EP .4E2 ⊥ (89 ) ;86?
Location @n the bac!
1 :>I lateral to the median line
In the space between the --
th
and -1
th
thoracic #ertebra
<BC
Needling 2/E insertion towards the spine, /8- cun or 15E insertion
-8-./ cun
= >?@ insertion or C9@ needlin$ away from the spine
carries a substantial ris: for
causin$ a Pneumothorax =
Function  S&leen 4EP .4E2
 Besol#es 4ampness
F,B,4
 Toni)es SM qi and yan"
4,B
 Toni)es Spleen A Stomach
F
 Becti)es the SM to impro#e mo#ement and
transformation
B
 Baises SM and holds the blood
4
 Lourishes Blood
F
 Be"ulates and harmoni,es the middle =iao
4
Name S&leen Shu
Pi: Spleen
Shu: :cupuncture point

The association with the spleen eplains the name.
BL $8 /pleen Correspondence
Stomach 4EP
⊥ (89 ) ;86B
Location @n the bac!
1 :>I lateral to the median line
In the space between the -1
th
thoracic and -
st
lumbar
#ertebra
<BC
Needling 2/E insertion towards the spine, /8- cun or 15E insertion
-8-./ cun
= >?@ insertion or C9@ needlin$ away from the spine
carries a substantial ris: for
causin$ a Pneumothorax =
Function  Stomach 4EP
 Maci)es the Stomach
F,B
and re"ulates the center
B
 Be"ulates A Toni)es Stomach qi
F,4
 Besol#es 4amp
F,B
and disperses sta"nation
B
 Belie#es retention of food
F
 Supports center qi to eliminate #acuity
B
 4escends rebellious qi
4
 %armoni,es the middle =iao
4

Name Stomach Shu
Wei: Stomach
Shu: :cupuncture point
The point&s association with the Stomach accounts for its
name.
BL $1 /tomach Correspondence
Tri&le Ener$iEer 4EP ⊥ (89 ) ;86?
Location @n the bac!
1N :>I lateral to the median line
In the space between the -
st
and 1
nd
lumbar #ertebra
<BC
Needling 2/E or ;5E insertion towards the spine, -8-./ cun
= #ee& >?@ needlin$ carries a ris: of inFurin$ the
Gidney =
Function  Tri&le Ener$iEer 4EP
 @pens the Cater passa"es
F,4,B

 Besol#es 4amp
F,4
and re"ulates the SM and ST
4
 Mromotes urination
4
 Be"ulates transformation of fuids in the $ower Burner
F
 Fo#es and re"ulates the T+
4
 Besol#es masses
4
Name Tri&le Burner Shu
San: 7
3iao: Burn, char
Shu: :cupuncture
point
The point&s association with the triple heater accounts for
its name,
BL $$ Triple Energi7er Correspondence
Gidney 4EP .4E2' E# &oint ⊥ 98H ) (8B9
#ai %o
Location @n the bac!
1N :>I lateral to the median line
In the space between the 1
nd
and 7
rd
lumbar #ertebra
<BC
Needling 2/E or ;5E insertion towards the spine, -8-./ cun
= #ee& >?@ needlin$ carries a ris: of inFurin$ the
Gidney =
Function  Gidney 4EP .4E2
 E# &oint
 Toni)es 'idneys
F,4,B

 *orti)es 'I (an"
4
, Stren"thens the transformati#e action
of qi
B
 Lourishes 'I (in
4
 *irms 'I qi
4
 Stren"thens 'I&s reception of qi
F
 Bene)ts bones A marrow
F
 Stren"thens lower bac!
F,4,B
and spine
B
 Lourishes <in"
F,4
 Bri"htens the eyes
F,B
and sharpens hearin"
B
 Bene)ts the ears
F,4
and eyes
4
 Besol#es 4ampness
F,B
 Be"ulates the Cater passa"es and bene)ts urination
4
 Bene)ts the warms the uterus
4
 Lourishes Blood
F
 Boosts Cater and in#i"orates *ire
B
Name Gidney Shu
Shen: 'idney
Shu: :cupuncture point
4lternate 5ames: %i"h >o#er
The point&s association with the !idney accounts for its
name,
BL $% =idney Correspondence
⊥ 9 ) (89
Location @n the bac!
1N :>I lateral to the median line
In the space between the 7
rd
and 2
th
lumbar #ertebra
<BC
Needling D5E insertion -8-./ cun
Function  Stren"thens lower bac!
F,B,4
and !nees
B
and le"s
4
 Be"ulates and supplements Qi and Blood
F,B
 Bemo#es obstructions from channel
F
 Be"ulates the lower =iao
4
Name Sea of Qi Shu
Qi: Qi
Dai: Sea
Shu: :cupuncture point
B$ 12 is located directly opposite Sea of Qi 3>0 96, and is
named Sea of Qi Shu because of its location and for
reasons that are similar to those that account for >0 9&s
name.
BL $. /ea of >i Correspondence
,ar$e ntestine 4EP ⊥ H8B? ) ;86?
First 4id &oint
Location @n the bac!
1N :>I lateral to the median line
In the space between the 2
th
and /
th
lumbar #ertebra
<BC
Needling D5E insertion -8-./ cun
Function  ,ar$e ntestine 4EP
 First 4id &oint for hemorrha$e
 Be"ulates the intestines
4,B
and courses them
B
 Transforms sta"nation
4,B
and alle#iates pain
4
 Stren"thens lower bac!
F,4
and le"s
4
 Mromotes function of the $I
F
 Bemo#es channel obstructions
F
 Belie#es fullness and swellin"
F
Name ,ar$e ntestine Shu
#a: $ar"e
!han$: Intestine
Shu: :cupuncture point
The point&s association with the lar"e intestine accounts
for its name.
BL $( Large #ntestine Correspondence
⊥ B? ) (
Location @n the bac!
1N :>I lateral to the median line
In the space between the /
th
lumbar #ertebra and -
st

sacral foramen
<BC
Needling D5E insertion -8-./ cun
Function  Stren"thens lower bac!
F,4
 Bemo#es channel obstructions
F,B
 Be"ulates the lower =iao
B,4
 >ourses wind and dissipates cold
B
Name Iri$in Pass Shu
-uan: Mass, .ate
+uan: @ri"in, Source
Shu: :cupuncture point
B$ 19 is anatomically opposite to @ri"in Mass 3>0 26. It is
also called @ri"in Mass Shu because of its location and for
reasons that are similar to those that account for >02&s
name.
Other
 If you are wor!in" with an oTcial and =ust cannot "et
throu"h the "ate to that oTcial, this "ate may be
stuc!. This point opens the "ate to the oTcials and
will also partially aGect e#ery other point in the body
which has a "ate type function.
BL $9 First ,ate Correspondence
Small ntestine 4EP ⊥ H8B? ) ;86?
Location @n the bac!
1N :>I lateral to the median line
In the space of the -
st
sacral foramen
<BC
At the medial edge of the sacroiliac ?oint
Le)el "ith the 1
st
sacral foramen
CTA
Needling D5E insertion ./8- cun
Function  Small ntestine 4EP
 Mromotes the function of the SI
F
 Be"ulates SI qi
4
 Separates the pure from the turbid
4,B
 Be"ulates the intestines and bladder
4,B
 Besol#es 4ampness
F
, drains turbid damp
4,B
 >lears damp8heat
4
 >lears %eat
F
 Bene)ts Krination
F
Name Small ntestine Shu
*iao: Small
!han$: Intestine
Shu: :cupuncture point
The point&s association with the small intestine accounts
for its name.
BL $' /mall #ntestine Correspondence
Bladder 4EP
⊥ H8B? ) ;8B9
Location @n the bac!
1N :>I lateral to the median line
In the space of the 1
nd
sacral foramen
<BC
@edial to the inferior !order of the sacroiliac ?oint
Le)el "ith the $
nd
sacral foramen
This is at the le)el of the posterior superior iliac spine
<BC
Needling D5E insertion ./8- cun
Function  Bladder 4EP
 Be"ulates the Bladder
F,B,4
 +liminates sta"nation
F,4
and resol#es masses
4
 Besol#es 4ampness
F,4
 4ispels Cind84amp
B
 @pens Cater passa"es in the $ower Burner
F,B
 >lears %eat
F
 Stren"thens the loins
F
 Supplements the lower ori"in
B
 4isinhibits the lumbus
B
 Bene)ts the lumbar re"ion and le"s
4
 Stops pain
F
Name Bladder Shu
Pan$: Krinary
-uan$: Bladder
Shu: :cupuncture point
The point&s association with the bladder accounts for its
name.
BL $0 Bladder Correspondence
⊥ 9 ) ;8B9
Location @n the bac!
1N :>I lateral to the median line
In the space of the 7
rd
sacral foramen
<BC
#nferior to BL $0
Le)el "ith the %
rd
sacral foramen
CTA
Needling D5E insertion ./8- cun
Function  4ispels >old
C,4,B
and Cind
C
 Stops diarrhea
4
 Carms (an"
C,B
 Stren"thens the bac!
C
, lumbar re"ion
4,B
 Bac! pain in labor
C
Name !entral Bac:bone Shu
7hon$: >entral
,u: Bac!boneO muscles
parallel
to the bac!bone
Shu: :cupuncture point
4lternate 5ames: Spine
Inner Shu,
Beturn Shu, >entral
Bac!bone
4eri#in" the name >entral Bac!bone Shu from its location
at the center of the body, amon"st the muscles that run
parallel to the spine, this point functions in treatin"
disorders of the bac! and spine. In addition, B$ 1D is
located lateral to B$ 77, >entral Bone8%ole. The parallel in
name and location are a useful mnemonic and may be
part of the reason B$ 1D is called >entral Bac!bone Shu
instead of =ust Bac!bone Shu.
Other
 This point is "ood for bac! pain eperienced durin"
labor.
BL $5 @iddle of the Bac: Correspondence
⊥ (89 ) *
Location @n the bac!
1N :>I lateral to the median line
In the space of the 2
th
sacral foramen
<BC
#nferior to BL $5
Le)el "ith the .
th
sacral foramen
CTA
Needling D5E insertion ./8- cun
Some classical tets forbid moa at this point
Function  Carms (an"
C,B
 Be"ulates the menses
B,4
 Stren"thens the bac!
C
, lumbar re"ion
4
 Bac! pain in labor
C
 4ispels Cind and >old
C
 >ourses the channels
B
 Becti)es the lower =iao
B
 Stops leucorrhoea and nocturnal emissions
4
Name White Rin$ Shu
Bai: white
Duan: a rin", a braceletO
to encircle
Shu: :cupuncture point
4lternate 5ames: <ade
Bin" Shu,
<ade %ouse
Shu
“Chite rin"” in Taoist metaphysics refers tot he area of
the body where essence is stored. The point name implies
that B$ 75 is connected with this area. This interpretation
is con)rmed by the description of the term =ade rin" 3an
alternate term for white rin"6 pro#ided by Rhan" Ri8(an"P
“The heart abo#e, the !idney below, the spleen
to the left, li#er to the ri"ht, life&s door 3i.e.
"enitals6 to the front, the secret door 3i.e. anus6
to the bac!, it connects li!e a rin", white li!e sil!
one inch in diameter. It wraps the body&s
essence and is called the =ade rin"O this area is
directly behind the na#el and is the root of man&s
lifeline.”
The bladder channel circles bac! up to Kpper Bone8%ole
3B$ 7-6 after passin" throu"h this point. >linically, B$ 75
treats disorders that are described with the word white
such as white #a"inal dischar"e and white turbidity
3urethral dischar"e6.
BL %8 Ahite &ing Correspondence
Other
 The Chite Bin" is the anal sphincter. Kse this point for
local problems there.
BL $5 @iddle of the Bac: Correspondence
Reunion &oint
⊥ H8B? ) ;8B9
Location @n the sacrum
In the -
st
sacral foramen
<BC
Needling D5E insertion ./8- cun or -./81 cun throu"h the foramen.
Leedlin" throu"h the foramen is facilitated by a sli"htly
oblique medial and inferior
insertion.
Some classical tets forbid moa at this point
Function  Reunion &oint of B, A -B
 Be"ulates the $ower Burner
F,4,B
 Toni)es the lumbar re"ion and !nees
F,4,B
and le"s
4
 *acilitates urination and defecation
4
 Be"ulates menstruation and stops leucorrhoea
4

 Lourishes the 'idneys
F
Name J&&er Bone8Dole
Shan$: up, upper, upwardO to
rise
,iao: bone8hole
The B$ 7- points are the top two of the +i"ht bone holes,
which also include B$ 71, 77, 72. The point names for
these holes deri#e from their location in the sacral
foramen.
Other
 :ny of the sacral points can be used in diseases of
atrophy, wea!ness, de"eneration disorders.
 They can also be used locally for lower bac! pain,
labor pain, and lumba"o.
 4o not used these points early on in treatments. 4o
the balancin" )rst and then add them in.
 Foa up to the maimum.
BL %1 Bpper /acral Bone
Reunion Point
⊥ H8B? ) ;8B9
Location @n the sacrum
In the 1
nd
sacral foramen
<BC
Needling D5E insertion ./8- cun or -./81 cun throu"h the foramen.
Leedlin" throu"h the foramen is facilitated by a sli"htly
oblique medial and inferior
insertion.
Function  Reunion: B,' -B acc1 to #
 Be"ulates the $ower Burner
F,4
 Toni)es the lumbar re"ion and !nees
F,4
and le"s
4
 Be"ulates the menses and treats #a"inal dischar"e
B,4
 Lourishes the 'idneys
F
 *rees the channels and recti)es qi
B
 Quic!ens the blood and relie#es pain
B
 *acilitates urination and defecation
4
Name Second Bone8Dole
!i: secondO net in a sequence
,iao: bone8hole
BL %1 Bpper /acral Bone
Reunion &oint
⊥ H8B? ) ;8B9
Location @n the sacrum
In the 7
rd
sacral foramen
<BC
Needling D5E insertion ./8- cun or -./81 cun throu"h the foramen.
Function  Reunion: B, A -B
 Be"ulates the $ower Burner
F,4
 Toni)es the lumbar re"ion and !nees
F,4
and le"s
4
 *acilitates urination and defecation
4
 Be"ulates menstruation and stops leucorrhoea
4,B
 Lourishes the 'idneys
F
 *rees the channels and quic!ens the blood
B
 4issipates cold and relie#es pain
B
Name !entral Bone8Dole
7hon$: >entral, middle
,iao: Bone8hole
BL %% /econd /acral Bone
Reunion &oint
⊥ K8H ) ;8B9
Location @n the sacrum
In the 2
th
sacral foramen
<BC
Needling D5E insertion ./8- cun or -./81 cun throu"h the foramen.
Function  Reunion: B,' -B acc1 to #
 Be"ulates the $ower Burner
F,4
 *acilitates urination and defecation
4,B
 Toni)es the lumbar re"ion and !nees
F,4
and le"s
4
 Be"ulates menstruation and stops leucorrhoea
4
 Lourishes the 'idneys
F
 *rees the channels and relie#es pain
B
Name ,o"er Bone8Dole
*ia: $ower, below
,iao: Bone8hole
BL %% @iddle /acral Bone
⊥ C ) 9
Location @n the buttoc!
$ateral to the sacrococcy"eal articulation
N :>I lateral to the median line
<BC
Lateral to the tip of the coccy3
.( cun lateral to the median line
Just superior to the le)el of ,- 1
NoteC r. Au Aei 1Ding puts BL %( at the height of the
sacroEcoccygeal articulation6 and /oulie de @orant puts it
one large FngerE"idth under the lo"er edge of the
sacrum. r. J. La)ier dra"s it on a le)el "ith ,- $.
CTA
Needling D5E insertion -8-./ cun .
Function  Transforms 4amp8%eat in the $ower Burner
C,B,4
 >lears %eat
C
 Bene)ts the coccy and treats hemorrhoids
4
Name %eetin$ of +an$
Dui: To meet
+an$: yan", the complement of
yin
4lternate 5ames: %ub
4isinhibitor
$e" Bone8%ole
Qi from the bladder and .0 channels, the two most yan"
channels of the body, are present at B$ 7/, and eplain its
choice of name. *ittin"ly, the Feetin" of (in
3>0 -6 is located on the yin complement to the .0Sthe
>0.
Other
 This is a meetin" place of the predominantly yan"
#essels.
 It can be used to lift the yan" ener"y of a person&s
mind, spirit and body.
 It&s especially useful in people who ha#e any wastin"
form of a disease with paralysis and wea!ness.
 It helps with moti#ation, mo#ement, force, power or
whene#er any of these are threatened.
 It&s also used locally for coccy type problems.
BL %( @eeting of Gang
B, (K/B, CB ⊥ C ) ;
Location @n the bac!
2 :>I lateral to the median line
In the space between the 1
nd
and 7
rd
thoracic #ertebra
$e#el with B$ -1
<BC
Needling 2/E insertion .78./ cun
= #ee& >?@ insertion or dee& C9@ needlin$ in a
medial direction carries a substantial
ris: of causin$ a Pneumothorax =
Function  Soothes the sinews
C,B

 Quic!ens the connectin" #essels
B
 >ourses Cind A 4issipates >old
C,4,B
 :cti#ates the channel and alle#iates pain
4
Name 4ttached Branch
Fu: :ttach, :ppend
Fan: To part, a part
This is the )rst point on the second line of the B$ channel.
It is as if an etra branch has been added to the channel,
aTrmin" the name, :ttached Branch.
Other
 This point infuences the Kpper <iao, especially if it or
the Triple Carmer is out of balance.
 It&s also useful for intercostal neural"ia, stiGness in
the upper bac! and nec!, a feelin" that other people
are a “pain in the nec!,” asthma and bronchitis.
 It "i#es support to the patient suGerin" from lon"
term chronic illness.
BL %( @eeting of Gang
,un$ Iuter 4EP ⊥ 9 ) ;8B9
B, (;/C6
Location @n the bac!
2 :>I lateral to the median line
In the space between the 7
rd
and 2
th
thoracic #ertebra,
le#el with B$ -7 3$K6
<BC
Needling 2/E insertion .78./ cun
= #ee& >?@ insertion or dee& C9@ needlin$ in a
medial direction carries a substantial
ris: of causin$ a Pneumothorax =
Function  ,un$ Iuter 4EP
 >lears %eat
F
 Stimulates the descendin"
of $un" Qi
F
 4iGuses $K qi
B
 Stops cou"h and asthma
F,4,B

 Stops dyspnea
4,B
 Be"ulates qi
F
 Toni)es and nourishes the lun"s
4
 :cti#ates channel and
alle#iates pain
4
Name Po #oor
Po: Soul, spirit
Du: 4oor
Other
 This point has a lot to do with the treatment of the spirit
of Fetal. Thin! of precious "emstones, "old, the
alchemist&s dream of turnin" metal to "old, the hea#enly
quality of eistence, re)nin", "ettin" to the essence of a
person&s spirit.
 This is one of the stron"est spirit points. It reinforces the
spiritJsoul and opens the patient&s eyes when the patient
has "i#en up.
 Sometimes people ha#e Spirits that are wea! and
emaciated because they ha#e shut spirit oG on a deeper
le#el 3maybe repressed it6. This can cause depression or
a lac! of inspiration. @n the other end, it may cause the
patient to attempt to "et in touch with the .od within by
"oin" on spiritual quests and meditations. @penin" the
“Soul 4oor” allows someone to ha#e contact with the
world of essence when heJshe has shut Spirit oG from a
deeper le#el. It "i#es Spiritual re#i#al, thus openin" up
new #istas.
 This point can be used early on in treatment. Kse it if
'idney 12 and >0 - ha#e no eGect. Kse of moa on this
BL %' 1o oor
point brin"s warmth directly to the Spirit. :lso, Bladder
7; and 7D can be used to enhance the quality of the
oTcials. It helps reinforce the fatherly Spirit, a "ate that
when opened allows the Spirit to fow out.
 <.P This point helps a person reco#er their soul. It "i#es
embodied nourishment and "i#es thin"s meanin". Kse
when life becomes so eteriori,ed that the person is
almost mechanical and can&t e#en ima"ine an inner life.
Sin! in and )ll them from this interior place. “I feel li!e
I&m losin" my soul.” It&s nice to use B$ 7; and B$ 7D
to"ether when the $K and %T pulses stay at a low le#el
with an empty quality.
BL %' 1o oor
Pericardium Iuter 4EP ⊥ ( ) ;89?
B, (H/C(
Location @n the bac!
2 :>I lateral to the median line
$e#el to the space between the 2
th
and /
th
thoracic #ertebrae
3B$ -28M> :+M6
<BC
Needling 2/E insertion .78./ cun
= #ee& >?@ insertion or dee& C9@ needlin$ in a medial
direction carries a substantial
ris: of causin$ a Pneumothorax =
Function  Pericardium Iuter 4EP
 Stren"thens de)ciency
F,B
 Toni)es A nourishes Spleen
B,4
'idney
B,4
%eart
4
$un"
4
Stomach
4
 Lourishes $un" (in
F
, stops cou"h, calms asthma
F
 Stabili,es the %eart
B
 Lourishes <in"
F
 *osters (uan qi
4
 Lourishes yin and clears %eat
4
 In#i"orates the Spirit
F
 >alms the Spirit
4
 Toni)es Qi
F
 Besol#es phle"m
4
Name -ao Duan$ Shu
-ao: :rea below the heart
Duan$: Fembrane =ust abo#e
diaphra"m
Shu: :cupuncture point
The area labeled .ao %uan" is =ust below the %eart. In ancient
tets it is said to contain #ital or"ans and to defy all cure if
aGected by disease. “The *our Boo!s of :cupuncture” states
that diseases located abo#e %uan" and below .ao can be
treated by neither herbs nor acupuncture, althou"h moa on B$
7? can brin" results. This is the reason for the name.
Other
 This point has a more "eneral use than any other outer
bladder point.
 It is "ood for wea!ness of blood, anemia, bad circulation,
bad quality of blood. It brin"s a fresh sur"e of #ital, clear
ener"y to the mind and spirit, directly aGectin" the quality
of the patient&s qi ener"y.
 Sometimes this is called the “chronic illness point.”
 This point "oes to the #itals rather than the spirit, more
physical and mental stuG. It literally enriches the #itality of
the body, mind and spirit.
 Kse it when the patient is #ery cold, lac!s warmth in body,
mind or Spirit 3or for patients with cold hands and cold
feet6.
BL %0 &ich for the -itals
 It&s "ood for depression, ne"ati#ity, seual unhappiness or
inhibition.
 <.P This point deeply nourishes blood. Kse when there is a
fra"ility to the person and you want to build them up. It&s
also supporti#e when there are chronic relationship losses
or when the pericardium is hit hard and can&t reco#er its
own inner stren"th.
BL %' 1o oor
Deart Iuter 4EP ⊥ ( ) 9
B, (>/CC
Location @n the bac!
2 :>I lateral to the median line
$e#el to the space between the /
th
and 9
th
thoracic
#ertebrae 3B$ -/8%T :+M6
<BC

Needling 2/E insertion .78./ cun
= #ee& >?@ insertion or dee& C9@ needlin$ in a
medial direction carries a substantial
ris: of causin$ a Pneumothorax =
Function  Deart Iuter 4EP
 >alms the Spirit
F
 Knbinds the chest and
re"ulates qi
4,B
 :cti#ates channel and alle#iates pain
4
 Suppresses
cou"h A stabili,es dyspnea
B
 Soothes the sinews and quic!ens the connectin" #essels
B
Name S&irit Dall
Shen: Spirit
Tan$: %all, main room of a
houseO temple,
Femorial
The heart stores the Spirit. B$ 7D is later to the %eart Shu
point and is therefore called Spirit %all. The frequent
usa"e of Tan", hall, in acupuncture point names may be
simply poetic, or perhaps has some abstruse meanin". In
this case, it is more concretely appropriate because in
ancient times it was a word for temple, which is a place
where a spirit resides.
Other
 This point opens the %all of the Spirit to the residence
of the +mperor Shen. It is a place of the #ery essence,
it is the center, the throne roomO it&s a hu"e meetin"
place, a "rand place to "o to.
 Chere Bladder 7; opened a door upon the surface,
this point actually opens up the hall of the 'in" and
Spirit so that it can fow out.
 Kse this point for strains on the heart li!e shoc!,
emotional crisis, heartbrea!, berea#ement, cardiac
arrest.
BL .8 Aail of ,rief
 Sometimes the Supreme >ontroller is so full of pity
that he can&t ta!e controlO sometimes he loses his way
or is wea! and a person feels resi"ned and doesn&t
!now what to do. If there is a lac! of will or no desire
to li#e, this point restores the Spirit.
 @nly treat *ire >*s with this point unless the patient&s
heart has been hit.
 (ou could "o to the Spirit %all e#en if the person is not
depleted to eperience a feelin" of richness, similar to
>0 ?.
 <.P This is more of a settlin" point. It nourishes the
%eart and settles the Shen, "i#in" a place for spirit to
reside that is contained and quiet.
Iuter -0 Shu ⊥ ( ) 98B9
B, C?/B, C9
Location @n the bac!
2 :>I lateral to the median line
In the space between the 9
th
and ;
th
thoracic #ertebra
$e#el with B$ -9 3.0 :+M6
<BC
Needling 2/E insertion .78./ cun
= #ee& >?@ insertion or dee& C9@ needlin$ in a
medial direction carries a substantial
ris: of causin$ a Pneumothorax =
Function  Iuter -0 4EP
 Besol#es the eterior A clears %eat
C,4,B
 4iGuses the $un" and recti)es Qi
C,4,B
 In#i"orates qi and blood and alle#iates pain
4
 *rees the channels and quic!ens the connectin" #essels
B
Name +i *i
+i: : si"hin", lau"hin" sound
*i: : si"hin", lau"hin" sound
Lumerous tets state that when this point is palpated
)rmly, the patient will put forth an “yi i” sound. This is
the reason for the point name.
Other
 This point is for mental pain and "riefSwhen a person
is )lled with a cry of an"uish.
BL %5 /pirit 2all
 Kse it when a person is brea!in" under the wei"ht of
physical or mental pain or "riefO heJshe has reached
the limitSit is too much.
 It is also "ood for people who are han"in" on to
internal pain.
 $i!e a !ind of Cindow, it releases the depth of pain on
any >*, calmin" e#erythin" down.
BL .8 Aail of ,rief
#ia&hra$m Iuter 4EP' Reunion &oint
⊥ 9 ) (8B9
B, CB/B, CK
Location @n the bac!
2 :>I lateral to the median line
In the space between the ;
th
and ?
th
thoracic #ertebra
$e#el with B$ -; 34iaphra"m :+M6
<BC
Needling 2/E insertion .78./ cun
= #ee& >?@ insertion or dee& C9@ needlin$ in a
medial direction carries a substantial
ris: of causin$ a Pneumothorax =
Function  Reunion: S' B, acc1 to #
 #ia&hra$m Iuter 4EP
 *orti)es the Spleen and disinhibits damp
C,B
 %armoni,es the Stomach and clears sta"nation
C,B
 Soothes the sinews
C,B
 Be"ulates the diaphra"m
4
 Bene)ts the middle =iao
4
 4escends rebellious qi
4
 :cti#ates the channel and alle#iates pain
4
Name #ia&hra$m Pass
-e: 4iaphra"m
-uan: Mass, "ate
This point is located lateral to the 4iaphra"m Shu. The
ancients may ha#e chosen the "uan appellation because
the diaphra"m represents a type of border separatin" the
upper burner from the middle burner. In those times,
roads had passes called "uan at political borders. Mass
could also simply be a way of indicatin" a place of entry
and eit of qi.
Other
 Kse this point when a patient has diTculty with
breathin" or di"estion, especially when associated
with mental problems.
 It&s "ood for hiatus hernia, spasm, shoc!, fear of cold
or dar!.
 It responds well to moa if the patient is cold in the
upper or lower =iao.
BL .1 iaphragm Border
,iver Iuter 4EP ⊥ 9 ) (8B9
B, C6/B, C;
Location @n the bac!
2 :>I lateral to the median line
In the space between the D
th
and -5
th
thoracic #ertebra
$e#el with B$ -? 3$i#er :+M6
<BC
Needling 2/E insertion .78./ cun
= #ee& >?@ insertion or dee& C9@ needlin$ in a
medial direction carries a substantial
ris: of causin$ a Pneumothorax =
Function  ,iver Iuter 4EP
 Be"ulates $i#er Qi
F,B
 Spreads $B qi
4
 >ourses the $i#er
B
 Boots the %un
F
 Belaes the sinews
4
 %armoni,es the middle =iao
4
 *orti)es the Spleen and harmoni,es the stomach
B
 *rees and re"ulates bowel qi
B
Name Dun -ate
Dun: Soul, Spirit
%en: .ate, door
The %un 3spirit stored in the $i#er6 is said to enter and
lea#e the body throu"h this point. This may be an
etrapolation of the fact that this point is net to the $i#er
shu, or that the point is located at about the le#el of the
$i#er.
Other
 This point is associated with the $i#er and is a "eneral
point for cleansin" the li#er on a body, mind, or spirit
le#el. It&s a "reat point for alcoholics, dru" addicts, or
someone who needs help bein" weaned oG of
medication.
 This point has the same connotations as Bladder 7;,
in terms of "ettin" to the core of the Spirit. (ou cannot
"o deeper. This is the most potent, powerful point for
resurrectin" the Spirit. It often "i#es the result of the
combination of Bladder 7;, Bladder 7D plus a bit
more. Be cautious as it is so potent.
 This point ta!es away a lot of stress and aniety when
the $i#er oTcial is depressed and feels hopeless
BL .$ /piritual /oul ,ate
because he has no plans, can&t see tomorrow, and
doesn&t care what is "oin" to happen. The patient
may be confused or “spaced out.”
 Kse this point after usin" 'idney 12, >0 - and Bladder
7;. Sometimes only the door opens, but the "ate
doesn&t.
BL .1 iaphragm Border
-B Iuter 4EP ⊥ 98; ) 9
B, C(/B, CH
Location @n the bac!
2 :>I lateral to the median line
In the space between the -5
th
and --
th
thoracic #ertebra
$e#el with B$ -D 3.all Bladder :+M6
<BC
Needling 2/E insertion .78./ cun
= #ee& >?@ insertion or dee& C9@ needlin$ in a
medial direction carries a substantial
ris: of causin$ a Pneumothorax =
Function  -B Iuter 4EP
 Transforms 4amp8heat
C,4,B
 >lears the .all Bladder A Stomach
C,B
 Be"ulates the .all Bladder
4
 %armoni,es the middle =iao
4
Name +an$ Deadro&e
+an$: (an", the complement of
yin
-an$:%eadrope of a )shin" netO
a !ey lin!O
principle, essence
4lternate 5ames: (an"
%eadrope
The .all Bladder inner and outer shu points are the
uppermost representation of a bowel 3fu6 on the Bladder
channel. These points therefore resemble the headrope of
the yan" associated points on the channel. Since the .B
is the yan" manifestation of Cood and sprin" is the head
season of the yan", this mi"ht be a further reason for
namin" B$ 27 %eadrope.
Other
 This point is "ood for .all Bladder symptoms on the
mentalJspirit le#elSit is concerned with purity of the
mind.
BL .% Gang Net
S&leen Iuter 4EP ⊥ 98; ) 98B9
B, CC/B, C>
Location @n the bac!
2 :>I lateral to the median line
In the space between the --
th
and -1
th
thoracic #ertebra
$e#el with B$ 15 3Spleen :+M6
<BC
Needling 2/E insertion .78./ cun
= #ee& >?@ insertion or dee& C9@ needlin$ in a
medial direction carries a substantial
ris: of causin$ a Pneumothorax =
Function  S&leen Iuter 4EP
 Toni)es the Spleen
F,4
and Stomach
4
 Toni)es Spleen (an"
B
 >ourses and dischar"es damp8heat
B,4
 Stimulates memory and concentration
F
Name Re<ection 4bode
+i: Idea, wish, meanin"
She: : house, a shedO to reside
B$ 22 is the @uter SM shu point. Spleen qi resides at these
points, and since the spleen stores the faculty of
refection, B$ 22 is called Befection :bode.
Other
 This point has more of an eGect on the Find than the
Spirit or body.
 It is "ood for clearin" out "arba"e and )lth from the
mind and helps for mental disorder, sta"nation,
mental wea!ness or sic!ness of the mind. Meople who
are depressi#es and frustrated are "ood candidates,
as this point re#itali,es mental mo#ement and
distribution as well as dispellin" mental obsessions.
 This point is also helpful if a person is ri"id, stubborn,
obsessed, obstinate, not open and recepti#e or is too
easily mo#ed or swayed. It softens up ri"idity when
moa is used and the point is toni)ed.
 It&s also "ood if +arth is bo""y and swampedSthe
person may be drownin" in hisJher own thou"hts. It
re#itali,es +arth ener"y.
BL .% Gang Net
Stomach Iuter 4EP ⊥ 98; ) 98B?
B, C9/B, 9?
Location @n the bac!
2 :>I lateral to the median line
In the space between the -1
th
thoracic and -
st
lumbar
#ertebra
$e#el with B$ 1- 3Stomach :+M6
<BC
Needling 2/E insertion .78./ cun
= #ee& >?@ insertion or dee& C9@ needlin$ in a
medial direction carries a substantial
ris: of causin$ a Pneumothorax =
Function  Stomach Iuter 4EP
 %armoni,es the Stomach
C,B
 Transforms 4amp
C,B
 %armoni,es the middle =iao
4
 Becti)es qi and disinhibits the center
B
Name Stomach -ranary
Wei: Stomach
!an$: .ranary, storehouse,
warehouse
The stomach is termed “the "ranary or"an” in classical
tets. B$ 2/ is net to the Stomach Shu point, and so can
be thou"ht of as a place where stomach qi is stored.
Other
 Kse this point on +arth >*s. It&s for people who are
undernourished in mind and spirit 3can ne#er reap a
har#est6. This point is li!e a reser#oir.
 It aids in the mental in"estion of food and the
assimilation of thou"hts and ideas. It&s "ood if a
person has trouble eatin", #omits after eatin", or feels
that food is stuc! in the di"esti#e tract.
 It&s also "ood if disor"ani,ation, bloatin" on an
emotional le#el, or ramblin" 3#erbal sputterin"s6 are
present.
 Foa the point, needle it and then use +arth
command points.
BL .( /tomach ,ranary
Tri&le Ener$iEer Iuter 4EP ⊥ 98; ) ;8B9
B, CK/B, 9B
Location @n the bac!
2N :>I lateral to the median line
$e#el with the space between the -
st
A 1
nd
lumbar
#ertebra 3T+ :+M6
<BC
Needling 2/E insertion ./8- cun
= #ee& >?@ insertion carries a ris: of inFurin$ the
Gidney =
Function  TE Iuter 4EP
 Be"ulates the T+
F
 +nsures the smooth fow of Qi to the heart re"ion
F
 4isperses di"estate
B
and abducts sta"nation
B,4
 Softens hardness
B
 Bene)ts the breasts
4
Name Duan$ -ate
Duan$: Fembrane =ust superior to
the diaphra"m
%en: .ate, door
B$ 29 most probably deri#es its name from the fact that it
is used to treat ti"htness and pain in the re"ion below the
heart, the huan" area.
BL .( /tomach ,ranary
Gidney Iuter 4EP ⊥ ;8> ) ;8B9
B, C;/96
Location @n the bac!
2N :>I lateral to the median line
In the space between the 1
nd
and 7
rd
lumbar #ertebra,
le#el with B$ 17
<BC
Needling 2/E insertion ./8- cun
= #ee& >?@ insertion carries a ris: of inFurin$ the
Gidney =
Function  Gidney Iuter 4EP
 Toni)es the 'idneys
F,4,B
 Stren"thens the
bac!
F
, lumbar re"ion
4
 Bene)ts <in"
4,B
 Be"ulates urination
4,B
 >lears 4amp
B
 Beinforces the Cill Mower
F
Name Will !hamber
7hi: will, ambition
Shi: room, chamber
4lternate 5ames: Malace of
+ssence
LJ This point is intimately associated with the relationship
between the human heart and the ful)llment of destiny
throu"h the reco"nition and culti#ation of inborn potential
as stored in =in". :ccordin" to Rhu Ui, “The will lies in the
deepest recesses of the mind and therefore the doctors
say the will belon"s to the !idneys.” The 72
th
diTcult
issue of the Lan=in" tells us that “the !idneys store the
=in" and the ,hi,” and that the ,hi is the spirit 3shen6 of
the !idneys.
The “authentic” 3,hen6 heart is lost in the indi#idual&s
ine#itable fall from ori"inal nature. The “memory” of this
true nature is stored in =in" as a mandate from hea#en. It
is in directin" the mind “down into” the =in", the depths of
self, #ia the ,hi, that the “lost” indi#idual may redisco#er
hea#en&s commands, and return to brin"in" his heart
bac! into the world fully epressed. %ence the function of
this point is to harmoni,e the relationship between !idney
=in", heart shen, and human will. Cith the careful
direction of the practitioner, this point may ser#e to
“soften” an o#erly “hard” will and protect a depleted =in"
or stren"then will to focus the shen on unused potential.
Other
BL .' Am!ition &oom
 This point is "ood for Cater imbalances due to
fearJaniety on a mental le#el.
 +#eryone should ha#e ambitions, whether or not they
ful)ll them is diGerent.
 The 'idneys control the Qi we are born with, thus it&s
a "ood point for someone with a wea! hold on life
3wea!8willed6 because it "oes directly to the will. Kse
it when there&s no ener"y to "i#e a person the dri#e,
and heJshe )nds ecuses and suppresses the will. This
point is for the person who is in a rut, has nothin" to
aim for and does not !now what heJshe wants to do.
BL .' Am!ition &oom
B, CH/9( ⊥ 98; ) 98B?
Location $ateral to the sacro8illiac =oint
2N :>I lateral to the median line
:t the le#el of the 1
nd
sacral foramen 3B$ :+M6
<BC
Needling D5E insertion -8-./ cun
Function  Bene)ts the lumbar re"ion
4,B
 Be"ulates the lower =iao
4,B
 Bene)ts urination
4
 4isinhibits bowel qi
B
 :cti#ates the channel and alle#iates pain
4
 Similar to Bladder 2;
F
Name Bladder Duan$
Bao: bladderO womb, uterusO
afterbirth
Duan$: the membrane located
abo#e the
4iaphra"m
The character bao is composed of a fesh radical and bao,
meanin" to wrap. It is used in older tets to refer to
bladders in "eneral or the womb in particular. Since
+ssential Questions states that “the huan" ori"inates
below the na#el,” the name is probably a reference to the
womb or the urinary bladder.
B$ /7 is closely related to the urinary bladder because it
is a bladder channel point and is located later to the
bladder shu and it is used to treat urinary system
disorders such as stran"ury and urinary bloc!. In theory,
B$ /7 is also related to the womb because the B$ and 'I
are paired meridians and the womb depends on !idney qi.
Other
 The pure lo#e of the heart is needed to allow the
person to concei#e. @ften this lin! is bro!en after
there has been an abortion, miscarria"e, or the
person is infertile. Kse this when the heart and womb
ha#e become separatedO they are not wor!in" closely
to"ether.
 In the case of men, the womb stands for more than
=ust childbirth e#ents. It incorporates the ability of a
person to mother and nurture himself.
BL .0 Aom! and 2eart iaphragm
 It&s a #ery "ood point for people who are ha#in"
diTculty concei#in".
 This point is the outer :+M for the BladderO it feeds all
of the lumbar area. It "i#es a "eneral boost to the
supporti#e power of the bladder on both a mental and
physical le#el.
 It&s also "ood for mental turmoil, aniety, fear, suicidal
or phobic
 It has a bi" eGect on the pel#ic area. It&s "ood when
urine retentionJpain, fri"idity, infertility, and bad
periods are particularly lin!ed to emotional problems.
BL .' Am!ition &oom
B, C>/9C ⊥ 9 ) ;
Location @n the buttoc!
2N :>I lateral to the median line
Sli"htly inferior to the le#el of the fourth sacral foramen
$e#el with B$ 75 Chite Bin" >orrespondence
<BC
Le)el "ith the .
th
sacral foramen and BL %8
CTA
Needling 3-6 D5E insertion -./81 cun
316 slanted towards the anus or "enitalia 187 cun
Function  Stren"thens the lower bac! and !nees
C,B,4
 >ourses the channels and connectin" #essels
B,4
,
alle#iates pain
4
 Besol#es 4amp8%eat
C
 Be"ulates urination and treats hemorrhoids
4
Name SeLuential ,imit
7hi: sequence, order
Bian: sideO border, limit, ed"eO
close by
This is the last outer branch point before the channel path
runs down the bac! of the le". It is therefore, the lower
limit of that sequence and is appropriately named
sequential $imit. :lthou"h ,hi, sequence is certainly a
reference to the outer branch, if it is ta!en to mean
“side”, may be a way of indicatin" that this point treats
diseases aGectin" the side of the body. This is a clinically
rele#ant idea because this point is important in the
treatment of sciatic pain and sciatica often in#ol#es the
lateral aspect of the le"s.
BL .5 Orderly Frontier
B, 9?/(K ⊥ H ) *
Location :t the midpoint of the "luteal fold
4irectly distal to B$ 2D
Between the biceps femoris and the semitendinosus
<BC
At the midpoint of the glutteal crease
On the inferior !order of the gluteus ma3imus muscle
CTA
Needling D5E insertion -81 cun .
Function  Soothes the sinews
B,4
 Quic!ens the connectin" #essels
B,4
 :lle#iates pain
4
 Be"ulates the lower =iao
4
 Stren"thens the lower bac! and !nees
C
 Besol#es 4amp8%eat
C
 Treats hemorrhoids
4
Name Su&&ort
!hen$: to hold, to carryO to
recei#eO
to bear responsibility
Fu: support, aid, assist
4lternate 5ames: S!in Be"ion
Support,
*lesh >left, S!in
>left,
$ocates at the =unction of the le"s and the trun! S!in
Be"ion, (in <oint
of the body, this point earns its name because it bears
the wei"ht of and supports the upper body. The character
fu was a term used in antiquity to describe a wind that
carried disease. The point name may be considered a
refection of the point&s function in treatin" wind
disorders.
BL .5 Orderly Frontier
B, 9B/(; ⊥ ; ) *
Location @n the posterior surface of the thi"h
:t the midpoint between the biceps femoris and the
semitendinosus
; :>I proimal to the !nee crease
<BC
0 cun pro3imal to the He3ure of the :nee
9 cun inferior to BL (1I%9
On the line connecting BL %9 and BL .8
CTA
Needling D5E insertion -81 cun .
Function  Stren"thens the lower bac!
C,B,4
 Belaes the sinews
C,B
 Belie#es pain
C,B,4
 :cti#ates the channel
B,4
Name -ate of 4bundance
+in: abundant, "reat, manyO
center, eactly
%en: door, "ate
B$ /- is located in the abundant fesh on the bac! of the
upper le". :"ain, the character men carries the meanin"
of acupuncture point. Since this point is in approimately
the center of the bac! face of the upper le", the meanin"
of yin as “center” is also applicable.
BL (1 1rosperous ,ate
B, 96/(H ⊥ 9 ) (8;
Location @n the posterior surface of the thi"h
- :>I proimal to the lateral end of the !nee crease
Fedial to the tendon of the biceps femoris
<BC
*"hich !ecomes prominent "hen the :nee is He3ed+
CTA
Needling D5E insertion -8-./ cun .
Function  Soothes the sinews
C,4,B
 Quic!ens the blood
C,B
and relie#es pain
C,B,4
 >lears and disinhibits the lower burner
C,B
 >lears %eat and soothes contraction
4
Name Su&erMcial !left
Fu: Super)cial, unsubstantialO
to foat
*i: cleft, cre#ice
This point name is a reference to the point&s location in a
cleft, and to the super)cial needlin" depth recommended
3./ inches6. The word super)cial in the name may also be
a reference to the shallowness of the fesh at this point.
BL (1 1rosperous ,ate
B, 9(/(> ⊥ ; ) (89
Location @n the lateral side of the !nee crease
Fedial to the tendon of the biceps femoris
<BC
On the :nee He3ure
At the lateral end of the :nee crease
@edial to the !iceps femoris muscle
Bet"een the tendon of the !iceps femoris muscle and the
lateral head of the
gastrocnemius muscle
*To e3pose the t"o heads of this muscle6 He3 the :nee
against resistance+
CTA
Needling D5E insertion -8-./ cun .
Function  @pens the Cater passa"es in the $ower burner
F,B
 Stimulates the transformation and ecretion of fuids in
the $ower Burner
F
 Bene)ts the Bladder
F
 Be"ulates urination
4
 4isinhibits T+
B
 %armoni,es the T+
4
Name Bend +an$
Wei: croo!ed, bentO to bow
under a burden
+an$: yan", the complement of
yin
The point&s name is eplained by its location on the yan"
side of the bend of the !nee.
BL (% EJuili!rium Gang
Earth' Sea' Re$ion' First 4id
⊥ 9 ) *
B, 9C/C?
Location @n the posterior surface of the le"
In the center of the !nee crease
<BC
At the midpoint !et"een the tendons of the !iceps
femoris muscle and
semitendinosus muscle
CTA
Needling D5E insertion -8-./ cun, or pric! and bleed the super)cial
#eins
= The tibial nerve and the &o&liteal artery and vein
run dee& to this &oint =
Function  Earth &oint
 Sea &oint
 Re$ion &oint for the entire bac:
 First 4id &oint for S&inal nFury
 B of B6 Deavenly Star Points of %a #an8+an$
 Bemo#es channel obstructions
F,4
and relie#es pain
4
 Belaes the sinews
F,B
 Bene)ts the lumbar re"ion and
!nees
4,B
 >lears %eat
F,B
, >lears Summer8%eat
F,4
, Stops #omitin"
A diarrhea
4
 Besol#es 4ampness
F
, 4ispels Cind84amp
B
 >ools blood
F,4,B
 +liminates blood stasis
F
 Bene)ts the Bladder
4
Name Bend %iddle
Wei: croo!ed, bent, to bow
under a burden
7hon$: center, middle
4lternate 5ames: Blood cleft,
>entral >left,
>left >enter
This point is at the center of the crease at the bend of the
!nee and is thus named Bend Fiddle. The functions of
clearin" blood, drainin" heat and treatin" acute bac!
sprain are best acti#ated by drawin" blood from the small
#eins surroundin" the point. Thus, it is sometimes referred
to by the name Blood >left.
Other
BL (% EJuili!rium Gang
 This point is a tremendous balancer of fuidsO it is the
+arth point in Cater and helps control uncontrolled
Cater, contain choppiness and maintain stability.
 It can "i#e bi" pulse chan"es and is "ood for the
blood, sciatica, arthritic !nees, swollen feet,
ner#ousnessJshi#erin" and loss of head hair.
 <.P This point brin"s in the stability of +arth. $i!e an
island in the stream, it contains the reser#esO usually
there&s some aspect of uncontrolled choppy waters.
It&s "ood for the person who can&t maintain their own
equilibrium and basically says to the BodyFindSpiritP
“I&m plantin" you ri"ht here, maintain your center and
stren"th. It&s "oin" to be @'S=ust stand here and stay
steady.”
BL (. EJuili!rium @iddle
⊥ 9 ) (8;
Location @n the posterior surface of the le"
-2 :>I proimal to the prominence of the lateral malleolus
Between the lateral and medial heads of the
"astrocnemius
<BC
Needling D5E insertion -8-./ cun
Function  Stren"thens the lumbar area
C,B
 Boosts the 'idney
C,B
 Soothes the sinews
C,B
 Be"ulates the Menetratin" A >onception #essels
C,B
 :cti#ates the channel and alle#iates pain
4
 Stops uterine bleedin" and treats "enital pain
4
Name +an$ Jnion
De: to unite, to meet
+an$: yan", the opposite of yin
This point is located =ust below the earthJsea point of the
bladder channel. It is furthermore situated =ust below the
area of the popliteal crease where an internal branch of
the bladder channel unites with the main channel. The
character he, meanin" union, refects both of these facts,
while yan" can be ta!en as a representation of the
bladder, which is a yan" or"an.
BL (( Bniting Gang
⊥ * ) (8;
Location @n the posterior surface of the le"
-1 :>I proimal to the prominence of the lateral malleolus
Between the lateral and medial heads of the
"astrocnemius
<BC
On the posterior median line of the leg
11 cun pro3imal to the prominence of the lateral
malleolus
#n the center of the !elly of the gastrocnemius muscle
Note: The location of BL (96('6(0 at 1$I5I0 cun pro3imal
to the lateral malleolus
is gi)en !y r. Au AeiE1Ding and illustrated !y r. J.
La)ier. . and J. La"sonE
Aood !oth descri!e and illustrate BL (0 on a le)el "ith /T
.86 i.e6 at 0 cun.
Note: 2istorically the cun measurements of these points
ha)e )aried6 !ut the !one
proportional cun measurements are not as relia!le as the
muscular landmar:s.
CTA
Needling D5E insertion -8-./ cun
:ccordin" to se#eral classical tets, this point is
contraindicated for needlin"
Function  Soothes the sinews
F,4,B
 Bene)ts the foot and heel
4
 :cti#ates the channel and alle#iates pain
4
Name Sine" Su&&ort
!hen$: To supportO to recei#e
3in: sinew, muscle, tendon
4lternate 5ames: >alf
Intestine, Bectum
$ocated in the upper "astrocnemius muscle and useful in
treatin" spasm of that muscle and other similar ailments
in the local area, B$ /9 truly pro#ides Sinew Support. :s it
is located below the two sinews at the bac! of the !nee,
the point name may also refer speci)cally to those
sinews.
In the Systemi,ed >anon of :cupuncture A Foibustion,
there are references to the area at the top of the bac! of
the lower le" as “calf intestine.” The alternate point name
>alf Intestine probably deri#es from this reference.
BL (9 /upporting @uscles
The alternate name Bectum may refer to the fact that a
branch of the B$ channel departs from the main channel
at the popliteal fossa and rises to the rectal re"ion.
:dditionally, many points in the calf area treat rectal
disorders.
Other
 This point brin"s stren"th and support to muscles
themsel#es. Bemember the musculature allows us to
be mobile and fuid.
 This point also supports the mind, allowin" it to be
structured, stron" and free8mo#in". It brin"s stren"th
where there was wea!ness and lac! of control.
 It can also reinforce structure and can be used on a
physical le#el.
BL (( Bniting Gang
⊥ ; ) 98B9
Location @n the posterior surface of the le"
-5 :>I proimal to the prominence of the lateral malleolus
Between the lateral and medial heads of the
"astrocnemius
<BC
On the posterior median line of the leg
Appro3imately 11 AC# pro3imal to the prominence of the
lateral malleolus
#n a depression formed inferior to the ?unction of the t"o
hal)es of the !elly of the
gastrocnemius muscle "hen the leg is e3tended and the
heel raised
Note: The location of BL (96('6(0 at 1$I5I0 cun pro3imal
to the lateral malleolus
is gi)en !y r. Au AeiE1Ding and illustrated !y r. J.
La)ier. . and J. La"sonE
Aood !oth descri!e and illustrate BL (0 on a le)el "ith /T
.86 i.e6 at 0 cun.
Note: 2istorically the cun measurements of these points
ha)e )aried6 !ut the !one
proportional cun measurements are not as relia!le as the
muscular landmar:s.
CTA
Needling D5E or 2/E insertion directed proimally or distally -8-./
cun
Function  B of B6 Deavenly Star Points of %a #an8+an$
 Belaes the sinews
F,B,4
 >lears %eat
F,B

 >ools the Blood
B
 In#i"orates Blood
F
 Treats hemorrhoids
B,4
 Bemo#es channel obstructions
F,B,4
 %armoni,es the intestines
B
 Bene)ts the calf and heel
4
Name %ountain Su&&ort
!hen$: to support, to recei#e
Shan: mountain
4lternate 5ames: Intestine
Fountain,
4ama"e Fountain,
*ish Belly, *ish&s
$umbus,
The "astrocnemius muscle can be seen to resemble
*leshy >innamon
BL (' /upporting @ountain
a mountain. This point is located in a position that
supports
The wei"ht of that “mountain.” :dditionally, the
"astrocnemius muscle di#ides at this point, creatin" an
indentation that resembles the character ren, which
means man. The point may therefore be called Fountain
Support because the area resembles a man bearin" the
wei"ht of a mountain.
Other
 <.P This is for the person who is tryin" to hold up a
mountain. This point says !eep standin" )rm, and
steady in the presence of all that is "oin" on. (ou can
do it. It&s "reat for crampin", wea!ness in the le"s and
re"ainin" muscle tone.
BL (' /upporting @ountain
,uo &oint
⊥ 9 ) (8;
Location @n the posterior surface of the le"
? :>I proimal to the prominence of the lateral malleolus
Between the soleus and the "astrocnemius
:pproimately -” from the midline
<BC
On the lateral aspect of the leg
' AC# directly superior to BL 98
1 cun lateral and inferior to BL ('
Note: The location of BL (96('6(0 at 1$I5I0 cun pro3imal
to the lateral malleolus
is gi)en !y r. Au AeiE1Ding and illustrated !y r. J.
La)ier. . and J. La"sonE
Aood !oth descri!e and illustrate BL (0 on a le)el "ith /T
.86 i.e6 at 0 cun.
Note: 2istorically the cun measurements of these points
ha)e )aried6 !ut the !one
proportional cun measurements are not as relia!le as the
muscular landmar:s.
CTA
Needling D5E or 2/E insertion directed proimally or distally -8-./
cun
Function  ,uo &oint
 Bemo#es channel obstructions
F,4
 +pels wind
4
>lears Matho"ens from the Taiyan"
channel
B
 Stren"thens the 'idneys
F
 %armoni,es the Kpper and $ower
4
 Treats hemorrhoids
4
 4issipates Cind84amp in the channels and connectin"
#essels
B
Name Ta:in$ Fli$ht
Fei: to fy, ho#erO swift
+an$: to raise 3e."., the head6O
to throw
upward and scatterO to
spread
4lternate 5ames: *lyin" (an",
Soarin",
<ue (an", <ue
Moplar
BL (0 Fly and /catter
In this point, the qi “leaps” from the yan" to the yin side
of the le" 3to the 'I6, “ta!in" fi"ht.” :fter this point is
needled, patients who were suGerin" from le" pain are
able to run freely, or “ta!e fi"ht.”
Other
 This is a #ery powerful pointO it brin"s about well8
bein", "reater #itality, and stren"thens the body and
mind.
 It can be used as a “quasi” Cindow.
 It brin"s clarity and a deeper le#el of cleansin",
particularly on a mental le#el.
 <.P This can be used to "et the fow "oin" or to "ather
someone who is too scattered. It brin"s clarity and
bri"htness to Cater 3similar to 0II 7; Bri"ht and
>lear6.
BL (' /upporting @ountain
First 4id' +an$ Qiao %o *i !left
⊥ 9 ) 98;
Location @n the posterolateral surface of the le"
7 :>I proimal to the prominence of the lateral malleolus
Mosterior to the peroneus lon"us
4irectly proimal to B$ 95
<BC
Foot should !e dorsiHe3ed "hen Fnding this point.
CTA
Needling D5E or 2/E insertion directed proimally or distally -8-./
cun
Function  First 4id &oint for Food &oisonin$
 +an$ Qiao %o !left &oint
 Bemo#es channel obstructions
F,4
 In#i"orates the (an" Qiao Fo 3i cleft pt6
F
 Stren"thens the Bac!
F
 4ispels Tai yan" channel patho"ens
B
 4issipates Cind 4amp in the channels and connectin"
#essels
B
 :cti#ates the lumbar re"ion and le"s
4
Name nste& +an$
Fu: the instep, the metartarsus
+an$: yan", the complement of
yin
4lternate 5ames: .i#e (an",
(an" :ttachment,
(an" >orrection
*u is similar to fu, which means to assist. This would imply
that because the three le" yan" channels run close
to"ether at this point, they wor! to assist each other. The
similarity of these two characters "i#es the point a double
meanin".
B$ /D is also !nown by the names .i#e (an" and (an"
:ttachment. Both these characters are pronounced fu
yan". This pronunciation diGers only in tone and has
resulted in considerable confusion as to which is ori"inal.
@ne character means “to "i#e,” thus .i#e (an" is
probably a reference to the point&s location ad=acent to
the luo point, where the yan" qi of the B$ channel is
“"i#en” to the 'I channel. The character fu in (an"
:ttachment can mean “to be near” or “to be attached.” If
it is considered to mean “to be near,” then the name (an"
:ttachment implies the point&s location near the other two
yan" channels. If on the other hand, it means “to be
BL (5 Foot Bone Gang
attached,” then the name is either a reference to the
point bein" the i cleft point of the yan" heel #essel or to
its proimity to the luo point.
Other
 This point is used in a clearin" out process 3$I 2 and
B$ /D are classic detoi)cation on any >* for food
poisonin", etc.6. It clears out clo""ed up impurities,
foul perspiration, and urine.
BL (5 Foot Bone Gang
Fire &oint' River &oint' First 4id &oint
⊥ (89 ) (8;
Location Fidway between the center of the prominence of the $F
A the :chilles tendon
<ust posterior to the bone
<BC
1osterior to and le)el "ith the lateral malleolus6
Bet"een the prominence of the malleolus and the
tendocalcaneus *Achilles Tendon+
The foot should !e dorsiHe3ed "hen Fnding this point.
CTA
Needling D5E insertion ./8- cun or directed superiorly to =oin with 'I
7, -8/81 cun
>ontraindicated in pre"nancy
Function  Fire &oint
 River &oint
 First 4id &oint: anxiety' fractures' facial neural$ia'
s&inal inFury' s&rains
 B of B6 Deavenly Star Points of %a #an8+an$
 +pels Cind
F,4
and leads down ecess
4
 >lears %eat
F,4
and lowers yan"
4
 Belaes the sinews
F,4
 Stren"thens the Bac!
F
, Stren"thens the lumbar spine
4
 Mromotes labor
4
 In#i"orates Blood
F
 :cti#ates the B$ A alle#iates pain
4
 Bemo#es channel
obstructions
F
Name Gunlun %ountains
Gun: -
st
half of the name of a
mountain ran"e
,un: 1
nd
half of the name of a
mountain ran"e
'un $un 4lternate 5ame: $ower 'unlun
Fountains

This name may also be a way of distin"uishin" this point
from >0 2, which bears the alternate name of 'unlun
Fountains.
LJ In early >hinese mytholo"y, the brother and sister who
represent the primordial yin and yan", land on 'unlun
Fountain and copulate, re!indlin" the life of the human
race. In ancient >hina, 'unlun Fountain was concei#ed of
as the pillar that =oined %ea#en and +arth, representin"
the ais of all creation. :s the root of hea#en and earth,
'unlun was thou"ht to balance the primordial yin and
yan" and to radiate this power throu"h the epression of
the / elements.
BL 98 =unlun @ountain
Other
 @ne bi" issue for Cater >*s is >old Cater. *or
eceptional >old, moa this point alon" with 'I 1 in
order to brea! the ice, to "et warmth into Cater. @nly
use it after ascertainin" throu"h moa that %eat is
bene)cial.
 If the patient is bo""ed down and Cater lo""ed,
swamped, ta!e them to the mountain and sit quietly.
: mountain is the habitat of the .odsSthis point
deals with the Spiritual essence of the secretion of
Cater. These are mountains on the >hinese border,
surroundin" a #ermilion la!e. To climb these
mountains was to ensure immortality.
 <.P This point increases feibility and fuidity. It brea!s
throu"h the ice at all le#els, "ets mo#ement
throu"hout, especially an!le in=uries that become
fro,en.
BL (5 Foot Bone Gang
E# &oint' Reunion &oint ⊥ ( ) (8;
+an$ Qiao %o
Location @n the superior ed"e of the lateral surface of the
calcaneous
4irectly inferior to B$ 95
<BC
The prominence of the lateral malleolus to the
inferior edge of the heel = 3 cun
1.( cun directly inferior to BL 98
On the calcaneus !one
At the ?unction of the change in s:in color
The foot should !e dorsiHe3ed "hen Fnding this point.
Note: the origin of BL 91 pro3imal to the superior edge of
the calcaneus is
un:no"n6 !ut ,. /oulie de @orant locates it one FngerE
"idth !elo" BL 98
CTA
Needling 5E insertion .78./ cun
Function  Reunion: B,' +an$ Qiao %o acc1 to #
 E# &oint
 Belie#es pain
C,4,B
 *rees the channels
C,4,B
 4isperses swellin"
C,B
 Belaes the sinews
C,4
 Stren"thens the lower bac!
C
 4ispels Cind
C
Name Subservient 0isitor
Pu: subser#ientO ser#ant, sla#e
!an: to #isit a superiorO shenP root,
as in "insen"
4lternate 5ame: Quietin" of +#il
The character pu means a ser#ant or person of inferior
ran!. B$ 9- is an intersection point of the yan" heel
#essel and the bladder channel. The yan" heel #essel can
therefore be li!ened to a #isitor of inferior ran! at the B$
channel, a subser#ient #isitor. Chen a #isitor of inferior
ran! arri#es he !neels down in front of the host. The
#isitor&s hands fall to where the point is located. @ne must
"et down on hands and !nees to locate the point on
oneself, thus assumin" the position of a Subser#ient
0isitor.
Other
BL 91 /er)antDs Aide
 This point is more for a mental le#el, the emotion of
fearfulness itself. It&s not as powerful as B$ 91 or 97.
 This point is li!e the ser#ant reportin" to the Faster
and as!in" “Is there anythin" I can do to help youV”
BL 91 /er)antDs Aide
+an$ Qiao %o %P' -overnor 0essel !P
⊥ ( ) *
-host Point
Location N :>I distal to the tip of the lateral malleolus
Between the tendons of the peroneus lon"us and
peroneus bre#is
<BC
.( cun inferior to the inferior !order of the lateral
malleolus
irectly inferior to the prominence of the malleolus
At the superior !order of the tendons of the peroneus
longus and !re)is
To e3pose the tendons6 acti)ely e)ert and plantar He3 the
foot
The foot should !e dorsiHe3ed "hen Fnding this point.
CTA
Needling 2/E insertion directed inferiorly .78./ cun
Function  %aster &oint for +an$ Qiao %o
 !ou&le &oint for -overnor 0essel
 Ine of the B( -host &oints
 Stabili,es the Spirit
F,B,4
and treats epilepsy
4
 Treats Cind diseases
F,B,4

 Bemo#es channel obstructions
F,4
 Bene)ts the eyes
F,4
and head
4
 Belaes the sinews
F,B
 >ourses eterior patho"ens
B
 @pens and re"ulates (an" Qiao Fo
4
Name Extendin$ 0essel
Shen: to etendO the D
th
of the
-1 earthly
branches
%ai: #esselO pulse
4lternate 5ames: (an" Fotility
31 diGerent
characters used for
motility6
.host Boad
The yan" heel #essel etends upward from this pointO
hence the name +tendin" 0essel. Supportin" this
interpretation is the fact that an alternate name is (an"
Fotility.
Chen the character shen is used to denote the D
th
of the
twel#e earthly branches, it may be interpreted as
BL 9$ E3tended @eridian
referrin" to shen shi, the ninth watch of the day 378/pm6,
which is the time associated with the Bladder channel.
Other
 Kse this point with 'idney 9 for physical le#el
problems. Both ha#e lin!s to the ? etra meridians.
 It&s also "ood to use with Bladder 92 for a tense spine.
 Kse it for reinforcin" other points.
 It has a direct eGect on the endocrine "lands.
BL 91 /er)antDs Aide
*i !left &oint' +an$ Wei %o
⊥ ( ) (89
Location @n the lateral border of the foot
<ust proimal to the tubercle of the /
th
metatarsal bone
<BC
1ro3imal to the tu!erosity of the (
th
metatarsal !one
Just inferior to the inferior !order of the cu!oid !one
Note: There appears to !e great confusion a!out this
point in )arious te3ts. Location
is gi)en as ;directly inferior to the anterior !order of the
L@6 on the inferior !order
of the cu!oid !one *"hich seems contradictory+6 ;at the
midEpoint of the line ?oining
BL 9$ and BL 9.6 in the depression lateral to the cu!oid
!one6< as "ell as ;anterior
and inferior to BL 9$6 in the depression posterior to the
tu!erosity of the (
th
metatarsal.<
CTA
Needling D5E insertion .78./ cun
Function  *i !left Point
 Belaes the sinews
4,B
 >lears %eat
F
 Maci)es Cind
4
 @pens the portals
B
 >alms the Spirit
B
 Foderates acute conditions
4
 :cti#ates the channels
4
and stops pain
4,F
Name %etal -ate
3in: metal, "old
%en: "ate, door
<in Fen 4lternate 5ames: .ate Beam,
Beam .ate
Fetal is the element of the / elements associated with
the ninth watch 378/pm6, with which the bladder channel
is associated. Bladder channel qi and blood fow throu"h
this point durin" that periodO hence the name Fetal .ate.
B$ 97 is also the intersection point of the B$ and (an"
$in!in" #essel, and may thus be li!ened to a "ate
between the two. :lthou"h B$ 97 is not directly
associated with Fetal, the name is a reminder of the
restraint of wood by metal in the !o cycle. This point
name is also a place name.
Other
 This point is #ery powerful but not often #ery stable. It
can "i#e bi" quality chan"es in the pulses.
 It&s the .olden 4oorSthe door which the +mperor
controls. This point is a "ate, so ma!e sure it is
BL 9% ,olden ,ate
needed. (ou can open or close the door W oil it for lac!
of secretions W to "et the bladder to hold Cater.
 It&s "ood to use when Cater is slu""ish, sta"nant or
torrential 3fear produces stillness or mo#ement6.
 <.P This point is a more acti#atin", )llin" point. (ou
ha#e some reser#es built up, now step into your own
stren"th. It "i#es a person an openin" into their own
power.
BL 9% ,olden ,ate
Source &oint' First 4id &oint
⊥ (89 ) (8;
Location @n the lateral border of the foot
<ust distal to the tubercle of the /
th
metatarsal bone
<BC
Just distal and inferior to the tu!ercle of the (
th
metatarsal
!one
Traditionally at the ?unction of the change in s:in color.
CTA
Needling D5E insertion .78./ cun
Function  Source &oint
 First 4id: Bee strin$s
 +liminates Cind
F,4,B
 >alms the Spirit
F,4,B
and %eart
B
 >lears %eat
F,B
 :cti#ates the channel and alle#iates pain
4,B
 >lears the brain
F
 >lears the head and eyes
4
 Stren"thens the bac!
F
 Belaes the sinews
4
Name !a&ital Bone
3in$: capitalO lar"e, bi"O source,
ori"in
-u: bone
4lternate 5ame: $ar"e Bone
The character =in" carries the meanin" of "reat or bi"
3capital6. The metatarsal bone was in ancient times called
=in" "u, “capital bone.” The point name thus re#eals the
point&s location. The alternate name, $ar"e Bone,
con)rms this interpretation. Because the character =in"
also had, in the past, a meanin" of yuan, source of ori"in,
the name is also an indication of the function of the point.
Other
 This is an emblematic point for e#erythin" that the
Bladder does.
 It&s a “container” pointScontains someone so they can
)ll themsel#es
 : capital is a center of acti#ity.
 *requent urinationSyou&re losin" more of your essence
than you&re holdin".
 <.P This point is the qualities of (inJ<in" in the
"atherin" and holdin" onto thin"s. It&s the emblem of
BL 9. Capital Bone
containment. It nourishes, brin"s in fuids and holdin"
power.
BL 9% ,olden ,ate
Wood' Sedation' Stream' First 4id
⊥ ( ) (89
Location @n the lateral border of the foot
<ust proimal to the distal end of the /
th
metatarsal bone
<BC
Traditionally at the ?unction of the change in s:in color
CTA
Needling D5E insertion .78./ cun
Function  Wood &oint
 Sedation &oint
 Stream &oint
 First 4id: burns' cystitis' urine retention' food
&oisonin$' &oison' insect bites' scalds' sunburn
 >lears %eat
F,B,4
 +liminates Cind
F,B
 Bemo#es channel obstructions
F,4
 Besol#es toins
B
 4issipates swellin"
4
 4ispels patho"ens
B
 Soothes the sinews
B
Name Bundle Bone
Shu: a bundleO to bind, tie,
restrain
-u: bone
The =oint at the base of the small toe was at one time
called the shu "u, meanin" “bundle bone,” probably
because it appears to be the place where the foot bones
are bundled to"ether. This point, located =ust proimal to
the =oint, deri#es its name from the location.
BL 9( Bone Binder
Water &oint' Dorary &oint' S&rin$ &oint
⊥ 6 ) (89
Location @n the lateral border of the foot
<ust distal to the base of the proimal phalan of the little
toe
<BC
Traditionally at the ?unction of the change in s:in color
CTA
Needling ;5E insertion towards the sole of the foot .18.7 cun
Function  Water &oint
 Dorary &oint .(&89&' C&8K& #ST2
 S&rin$ &oint
 Bemo#es channel obstructions
F
 >lears %eat
F,B
 +liminates Cind
F,B
 >lears the %ead
4
 4escends $K and ST qi
4
 Settles fri"ht
B
 Quiets the Spirit
B
Name 0alley Passa$e
Ton$: to pass throu"h, to
unbloc!O to
conduct i.e., a substance
-u: #alley
4lternate 5ame: *oot 0alley
Massa"e
This point is near the end of the bladder channel and the
be"innin" of the 'I channel. :fter qi passes throu"h B$ 9;
and 'I - it arri#es at Bla,in" 0alley. B$ 99 is a passa"e to
that #alley, or a #alley passa"e. :s well, B$ 99 is the
sprin" 3water6 point. The point is li!e a 0alley Massa"e that
conducts the qi onward to the stream, ri#er and unitin"
points.
Other
 This point sha!es up the Cater element or sorts it all
outO it "i#es the patient a =olt. Kse when the person is
stiG with fear, =oints still and unable to fow, there is fear
of the un!nown.
 Leedlin" this point clears up obstructions and ma!es
sure there is not too much or too little Cater.
 This point is useful for reachin" deeper le#els and can be
a #ery powerful point to increase mo#ement in Cater.
 This is one of the main #alleys man must tra#el throu"h
on the path of the Tao.
 <.P This point is really about restin" and )llin". : #alley
is a place where ener"y "athers stren"th. It&s
BL 9( Bone Binder
penetratin"Son yan" oTcial, so there&s some aspect of
mo#ement in#ol#ed. Kse if someone has really
ehausted their reser#es
 <.P This point helps a person "ain momentum for the
=ourney ahead. It helps a patient reco#er the stren"th
and perse#erance to face what mi"ht be diTcult
situations. Tra#elin" throu"h the #alley, this point helps
mo#e throu"h formidable times, particularly the fear of
what will happen net. It&s a hu"e )llin" point. It&s "ood
for the person who has trouble slowin" down to rest.
BL 99 1enetrating -alley
%etal' ToniMcation' Well' Exit
⊥ 6 ) (
Location The lateral nail point of the little toe
<BC
.1 cun pro3imal to the corner of the nail
Just distal to the Hare of the distal phalan3
CTA
Needling D5E or 2/E insertion directed proimally .-8.1 cun or pric!
to bleed
Function  %etal &oint
 ToniMcation &oint
 Well &oint
 Exit &oint
 +liminates Cind
F,4
in the #erte
4
 >lears the eye
F,4
 In#i"orates the Blood
F,B
 >lears the %ead
4
 >lears the brain
B
 Bri"htens the eyes
B
 Becti)es qi
B
 Bemo#es channel obstructions
F
 Turns the fetus and facilitates labor
4

Name Reachin$ +in
7hi: to arri#e at, to reachO
etremely, most
+in: yin, the complement of
yan"
4lternate 5ame: 4i"it Cell
The character ,hi can mean to arri#e at or to reach. B$ 9;
is the last point on the B$ channel, from which the qi then
passes to the 'I channel. Therefore, B$ 9; can be said to
be Beachin" (in. :lternately, we may recall that the 'I is
referred to as “etreme yin” in the +ssential Questions. If
the character ,hi is interpreted as meanin" etreme, then
the point name is indicati#e of the point&s connection to
the !idney. : renderin" of the point&s name as +tremity
of (in is also #alid if we consider the tenet that the
etreme or yin or yan" en"enders its complement. Thus
we are reminded that the #ery end of the yan" channel
contains the be"innin"s of the yin and #ice #ersa.
Other
 <.P Kse when a person has reached their limit of what
they can endure. It turns breached babies. Thin"s to
BL 9' E3tremity of Gin
do with the eyes and head. The ener"y is quic!ly
chan"in" at this point.
 :shara  Bladder
Ma"e -1D
BL 9' E3tremity of Gin