Acupuncture Points Chart

SP Jing-Well Ying-Spring Shu-Stream Jing-River He-sea Luo-Connect Xi-Cleft Yuan-Source 1 2 3 5 9 4 8 3 LV 1 2 3 4 8 5 6 3 KD 1 2 3 7 10 4 5 3 HT 9 8 7 4 3 5 6 7 PC 9 8 7 5 3 6 4 7 LU 11 10 9 8 5 7 6 9 SJ 1 2 3 6 10 5 7 4 LI 1 2 3 5 11 6 7 4 SI 1 2 3 5 8 7 6 4 UB 67 66 65 60 40 58 63 64 ST 45 44 43 41 36 40 34 42 GB 44 43 41 38 34 37 36 40

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Five Transporting Points The five transporting (shu) points are referred to as follows: Jing (Well) , Ying (Spring) , Shu (Stream) , Jing (River) and He (Sea). These acupuncture points belong to the "twelve regular" meridians and are located below the elbows or knees. The Five Transporting (Shu) points start at the tip of the four limbs and continue all the way to the elbows or knees.
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Jing (Well) Points Meridians start at Jing-Well points , They are located on the fingers and toes of the four extremities. The indications for the use of these points are fullness in the chest and mental disorders related to the Yin organs.
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Ying (Sping) Points These points are located distal to the metacarpophalangeal joints or metatarsophalangeal joints and are used for febrile diseases. In the Yin meridians, the Ying (Spring) point belongs to the Fire Element. This means that it may be very useful in the treatment of releasing heat from its related meridian or organ system.
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Shu (Stream) Points These points are located proximal to the metacarpophalangeal joints or metatarsophalangeal joints and are used for disorders related to heaviness in the body or painful joint conditions. The Shu (Stream) point in Yin organs is also what

we refer to as the Yuan (Source) point. This means that the stimulation of this point is able to build strength and energy in its related meridian or organ system.
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Jing (River) Points These points are located around the joints of the wrists or ankles and are used for cough and asthma due to pathogenic cold and heat. This is also a place where Qi flows through.

He (Sea) Points The He-Sea point metaphorically describes the merge of rivers joining and emptying into the sea. They are located around the joints of the elbows or knees. These points are indicated for perverse Qi flow such as diarrhea.
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Lower He (Sea) Points There are six Lower He (sea) points in the body which are related to the Yang or Fu organ systems. There is a Lower He (Sea) point for the Stomach, Large Intestine, Small Intestine, Gall Bladder, San Jiao, and Bladder. When one of these organ systems is problematic, the corresponding Lower He(Sea) point may be used for its treatment.
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Luo (Connecting) Points This is the point where a meridian splits off and connects with its interiorlyexteriorly related meridian or organ system. Therefore, luo-connecting points can treat problems in its own meridian as well as those of its interiorly-exteriorly related meridian.
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Yuan (Source) Points Yuan (Source) points are the points where the "Source" Qi may be accessed. These points are indicated for diseases related to the five Yin organs and are responsible for the regulation of Source Qi in general (which intimately relates

them to the San Jiao meridian system). Accumulation (Xi-Cleft) Points The Meridian-Qi accumulates most deeply in this area and for this reason Xi (Cleft) points are very effective in the treatment of diseases within their own meridian system where pain or bleeding is involved.
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Confluent Points of the Extraordinary Vessels The confluent points are points that are located on the Twelve Primary Meridians through which the Eight Extra Meridians can be accessed.

Chong SP4 Yin Wei PC6

Ren LU7 Yin Qiao KD6

Du SI3 Yang Qiao UB62

Dai GB41 Yang Wei SJ5 back to top

Xi (Cleft) Points of the Extraordinary Vessels The Xi (Cleft) points are points that correspond to the Eight Extra Meridians are located on the Twelve Primary Meridians and have the same function as standard Xi (Cleft) points.

Yin Wei KD9 Yin Qiao KD8 Yang Qiao UB59 Yang Wei GB35 back to top

Back Transporting (Back-Shu) Points Back Transporting (Back-Shu) points are the points on the back of the body where the Qi of the Zang-Fu organs is infused. There is a Back-Shu point which corresponds to each Zang-Fu organ. These points are used to treat the corresponding organ when pathology is most often, but not limited to, a chronic nature.






SP UB20 UB UB28 back to top

Front Collecting (Front-Mu) Points Front Collecting (Front-Mu) points are the points on the chest and abdomen where the Qi of the Zang-Fu is infused. They are also referred to as Alarm Points as they are anatomically located very close to the organ with which they correspond and are often used to diagnosis pathology in a corresponding organ. For example, a patient with a liver problem would be very sensitive at LV14 (the Font-Mu Point) which would help to confirm the course of treatment.

LU LU1 PC RN17 HT RN14 LV LV14 GB GB24 SP LV13 ST RN12 SJ RN5 KD GB25 LI ST25 SI RN4 UB RN3 back to top

Eight Influential Points of the Eight Tissues The Zang organs, Fu organs, bones, tendons, vessels, marrow, blood, and Qi are the eight tissues in the body which have points used to influence them.

Zang Organs LV13 Vessels LU9

Fu Organs RN12 Marrow GB39

Bones UB11 Blood UB17

Tendons GB34 Qi RN17 back to top

The Four Command Points There are four points on the body which are used because of their ability to strongly influence certain regions of the body for therapeutic purposes.

Abdomen ST36

Back UB40

Face and Mouth LI4

Head and Neck LU7 back to top

Crossing Points

Crossing points are the points at which two or more meridians run across each other. They are used to treat diseases of both their own meridian and the meridians which they cross. There are about 90 of these points and are mostly located on the trunk, head and face.
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The Group Luo Points These points are very effective in the treatment of imbalances between the upper and lower, left side and right side, Yin and Yang aspects of the body. They are especially useful when all three channels which cross these points are effected. For Example, you would treat an imbalance involving Spleen, Kidney, and Liver by needling SP6.

Arm Yang SJ8

Arm Yin PC5

Leg Yang GB39

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Window Of The Sky Points These points may be needled when particular symptoms point to the Yang Qi not ascending to the head.

ST 9 LI 18 SJ 16 UB10 LU 3

Severe headache, chest fullness, and dyspnea (painful breathing). Inability to speak. Acute deafness, visual problems. Severe spasms in the muscles, vertigo. Nose bleeding, extreme thirst, and other bleeding disorders. back to top

Entry and Exit Points Meridians are also connected to each other through the circadian flow. Energy leaves one channel and enters another through points on each meridian. However, these entry and exit points are not always the first and the last on the channel!

Entry Exit


LI4 LI20

ST1 ST42

SP1 SP21


SI1 SI19

UB1 UB67

KD1 KD22


SJ1 SJ22

GB1 GB41

LV1 LV14

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The Tendo Muscular Meridians These points are very effective in the treatment of dermatosis, muscular problems, and neuralgias. They are accessed through the follow points.

Arm TMM Yang GB13/ST8

Arm TMM Yin GB22

Leg TMM Yang ST3/SI18

Leg TMM Yin RN3/4

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Chinese five elements theory refers to the five element of wood, fire, earth, metal,  and water. This theory can be used to describe the movement and the  relationship between different elements and phenomena in nature.  Basic five elements characteristics and classifications
Element Yin/Yang Colors Flavors Sense  Emotions Body Climate Organs Organs Parts
wood fire earth metal liver/GB heart/SI spleen/ stomach lung/LI green red yellow white sour bitter sweet pungent eyes tongue mouth nose anger joy tendons pulse wind heat

pensiveness muscles dampness sadness skin dryness









The Cycles
Promoting wood promotes fire fire promotes earth earth promotes metal metal promotes water  water promotes wood Controlling wood controls earth earth controls water water controls fire fire controls metal metal controls wood

Promoting Cycle This cycle is explained most easily by a simple metaphor. The relationship is the  same as a mother and child relationship, where the child is dependent upon the  mother for nourishment and therefore growth and well­being.  Controlling Cycle To understand the relationship of the controlling cycle, we must look more closely  at the origin of the five element theory in China where the responsibility of  disciplining the children rested with the grandparents. The controlling cycle  describes the relationship of a grandmother disciplining a grandchild.  Over­controlling and Counteracting Over­controlling means that an element is too strong/hyperactive and is  controlling the other element too much. A common condition in which the wood  element controls earth too much (or overacts) will manifest itself with symptoms  of hyper wood as well as hypo earth, sometimes making the deficient­earth  element even more deficient. Counteracting is the reverse situation­­a controlled  element is rebelling against its controlling element.  Diagnosis According to Five Element Theory The colors, emotions, flavors, senses, climates, body parts, and organs are all  related. Through viewing the human body in this way, we can determine internal  disharmony. For example, if a patient has a green hue to his complexion, a sour  taste in his mouth, and his eyes are bothersome to him in some way, we would  look more closely at the Wood element (Liver and Gallbladder). 

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