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Commonly Used Acupuncture Points Cheat Sheet (DRAFT) by [deleted]

Commonly Used Acupuncture Points

This is a draft cheat sheet. It is a work in progress and is not finished yet.


To understand the basics of acupun­cture, it helps to famili­arize yourself with the acupun­cture points chart. The number of acupun­cture points was originally establ­ished to correspond to the number of days in the year: 365. These points were mapped to 14 major channel lines, one channel for each of the 12 inner organs, one channel along the spine (called the governing vessel), and another along the midline of the abdomen (called the conception vessel).

Over time, the number of points identified by acupun­ctu­rists has expanded, expanding the acupun­cture points chart. There are additional channels with their own sets of points, special points located off channels and complete maps of body structures by points along the ears, nose, scalp, hands, feet, wrists and ankles.

Despite the growing number of acupun­cture treatment zones, most acupun­cture physicians use the tradit­ionally identified points on the 14 main channels. Each channel has a small number of points used repeatedly for their versat­ility in treating a wide variety of diseases.

Each point is associated with a list of disorders and diseases they can help treat, but sometimes a practi­tioner will select points based on the Chinese theory of balancing the qi flow — or energy flow — in the channels. So a point might be used during treatments for other kinds of disorders aside from those listed on the acupun­cture points chart, due to its usefulness in this balancing process.

Large Intestine Channel: LI4, Hegu

This point is located on the back side of the hand between the thumb and first finger. The primary use of this point is to relieve pain and treat inflam­matory and feverish diseases.

Lung Channel: LU7, Lieque

This point is located above the wrist on the inside of the arm. It is used to treat several disorders of the upper body, including headache, neck stiffness, cough, asthma, sore throat, facial paralysis and wrist condit­ions.

Stomach Channel: ST36, Zusanli

Located on the front of the leg, just below the knee. It is helpful for digestive disorders. Research shows that using this point results in positive effects in treating anemia, immune defici­ency, fatigue, and numerous diseases.

Spleen Channel: SP6, Sanyinjiao

This point is located on the inner side of the leg just above the ankle. Although it is on the spleen channel, which generally influences the digestive system, this point is also valuable for treating hormonal disorders (such as irregular menstr­uation) and immune disorders.

Gallbl­adder Channel: GB20, Fengchi

This point is located at the base of the skull where it joins the neck in back. It is used in the treatment of acute disorders, such as the common cold, influenza, headache, neck pain and fever. In addition, it lowers blood pressure.

Liver Channel: LV3, Taichong

Located on the top of the foot, between the first and second toes. It is used to balance emotional energy, to regulate menstr­uation, to reduce pain in the chest, treat eye disorders, alleviate headaches, and reduce high blood pressure.

Perica­rdium Channel: PC6, Neiguan

Located on the inner arm, just above the wrist. Like other points on this meridian, it is useful for cardiac disorders, such as heart palpit­ation and angina pectoris. It is also useful for nausea, vomiting, spasms and convul­sions.

Heart Channel: HT7, Shenmen

Located on the outer side of the wrist. It is used in the treatment of a variety of mental disorders, such as absent minded­ness, insomnia, disturbing dreams, hysteria, depres­sion, agitation and mental illness. It is also used in the treatment of heart disease and fatigue.

Urinary Bladder Channel: BL40, Weizhong

Located at the back of the knee. It is utilized in the treatment of back pain, hip impair­ment, muscular atrophy, leg pain, abdominal pain, nausea and many other ailments.

Kidney Channel: KI3, Taixi

Located just behind the inner ankle. It is used for disorders in several areas of the body, including sore throat, toothache, deafness, tinnitus, dizziness, asthma, thirst, insomnia, lower back pain and menstrual irregu­lar­ities.

Triple Burner Channel: TB5, Waiguan

This point on the channel is located on the outer side of the arm, above the wrist. It is mainly used in treatment of disorders along the pathway of this meridian, that is, of the fingers, hand, arms, neck, ears, cheek, and top of the head

Small Intestine Channel: SI3, Houxi

Located on the side of the hand, below the little finger. It is used for treating mental disorders, stiffness and pain in the neck, seizures, night sweats and fevers.

Governing Vessel: GV20, Baihui

This point is located at the top of the head. It is tradit­ionally applied in the treatment of various mental disorders, and for headache, vertigo, ringing in the ears and nasal obstru­ction.