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Chapter 13. The Acupressure Points: Names, Locations, and Functions

Since we are using acupressure and not acupuncture, all of these points are generally safe. A few have cautions noted, mainly regarding pregnancy. Most of those are abdominal points and should not present any problems with light to moderate acupressure as long as they are not painful. All strong stimulation should be avoided during pregnancy. Let your feelings guide you. There are a couple of points that are contraindicated during pregnancy, as they may induce labor. They are clearly identified for you.

Throughout this book, abbreviations for organ/meridian point names are as follows:

Lung: Lu

Large Intestine: LI

Stomach: St

Spleen: Sp

Heart: H

Small Intestine: SI

Urinary Bladder: UB

Kidney: K

Pericardium: P

Sanjiao: SJ

Gall Bladder: GB

Liver: Liv

Each meridian with selected acupoints is shown at the beginning of the section devoted to that meridian. You can refer to that image as an aid to point location while reading through this chapter. You’ll also find references to the same points in Appendix 1, indicated as “For alternate view, See Appendix 1, Figure A (image number).” There, the points are shown by body region, and it displays points from other meridians that are found on the same body region. This will help you see points in relation to one another, which may make point location even more clear, and it will provide you with a selection of points useful for treating problems local to that body part. For example, if you have wrist pain, seeing all possible points on the wrist will help you to find the ones that are most relevant to you.

Lungs, Hand Taiyin

Lu 1, Zhong Fu, Central Palace

Location: In the first intercostal space (between the first two ribs), 6 Cun lateral to the midline. Easiest way to find: Place the tip of your right index finger on the front tip of your left shoulder. Slowly slide your index finger toward your chest, just under the collarbone. As soon as you clear the shoulder bone, you’ll feel a depression. Keep your index finger firmly pressed upward, touching your collarbone. Place your middle and ring fingers directly below your index finger, keeping all fingers touching. The point will be under the tip of your ring finger. For an alternate view of Lu 1, See Appendix 1Figure A8.

Functions: Clears Heat and inflammation in the chest, regulates Lung Qi, tonifies Lung Qi and Yin.

Indications: Cough, wheeze, asthma, bronchitis, fullness in the chest, chest pain.

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Figure 13.1 (Lung Acupressure Points)

Lu 5, Chi Ze, Cubit Marsh

Location: In the elbow crease, in a depression felt at the radial (thumb) side of the biceps tendon. For an alternate view of Lu 5, See Appendix 1Figure A1.

Functions: Clears Heat in the Lungs, rectifies Lung Qi, nourishes Yin, moistens the Lungs.

Indications: Cough, asthma, pneumonia, sore throat, hemoptysis (coughing up blood).

Lu 6, Kong Zui, Collection Hole

Location: 5 Cun below Lu 5, 7 Cun above Lu 9 (at the wrist crease), on the line connecting those two points. For an alternate view of Lu 6, See Appendix 1Figure A1.

Functions: Spreads and descends Lung Qi, cools and soothes the Blood. Especially useful when Heat has reached the Blood level, causing Lung-related bleeding disorders, like nosebleeds and coughing or spitting blood.

Indications: Cough, asthma, pneumonia, sore throat, hemoptysis, elbow and arm pain.

Especially helps: Nose bleed, coughing or spitting blood.

Lu 7, Lie Que, Broken Sequence

Location: 1.5 Cun above the wrist crease, in the depression superior to the styloid process of the radius. Easiest way to find: Cross your hands at the web between thumb and index finger. Place your left index finger on your right wrist, pointing toward your right elbow. The point is below the tip of your index finger (Figure 13.2). For an alternate view of Lu 7, See Appendix 1Figure A1.

Functions: Regulates and rectifies Lung Qi, disperses external Wind, regulates the Ren meridian.

Indications: Common cold, headache, cough, sore throat, wrist pain and weakness.

Especially helps: Common cold.

Lu 9, Tai Yuan, Great Abyss

Location: In the depression at the radial (thumb) end of the wrist crease, at the lateral side of the radial artery. For an alternate view of Lu 9, See Appendix 1Figure A1.

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Figure 13.2 (Lu 7 Acupressure Point)

Functions: Clears Wind and transforms phlegm, regulates Lungs, tonifies Lung Qi and Yin. This is the best point to strengthen overall Lung function, especially useful in chronic or deficiency conditions.

Indications: Cough, asthma, pneumonia, sore throat, hemoptysis, pain in the chest, wrist, or hand.

Especially helps: Chronic deficiency or weakness, Phlegm.

Lu 10, Yu Ji, Fish Border

Location: Halfway between Lu 9 and the first thumb joint, at the border between the red and white skin. For an alternate view of Lu 10, See Appendix 1Figure A1.

Functions: Clears Lung Heat, benefits the throat, regulates and rectifies Lung Qi, nourishes Yin.

Indications: Sore throat (important point for acute sore throat), cough, asthma, hemoptysis, fever (from respiratory tract infection).

Especially helps: Acute sore throat.

Large Intestine, Hand Yangming

LI 4, He Gu, Union Valley

Location: On the back of the hand, between the thumb and index finger, about halfway up the side of the second metacarpal bone (the bone in the hand that connects to the index finger).

Easiest way to find: Place the distal joint crease of the right thumb on the web of the left hand, between left thumb and index finger. The point is where the tip of the right thumb touches the left hand. For alternate views of LI 4, See Appendix 1Figure A2 and Figure A3.

Functions: Releases surface (exterior conditions), disperses Wind, clears Heat. A powerful Qi tonifying and regulating point, it influences almost everything from the neck up.

Indications: Common cold, headaches (especially frontal and sinus), diseases of the sensory organs, toothache, painful, red or watery eyes, allergies, painful swelling of the throat, sinus conditions, general pain. Strengthens the immune system.

Especially helps: Headaches.

LI 5, Yang Xi, Yang Ravine

Location: On the radial side of the crease at the back of the wrist, in the center of the “anatomical snuffbox,” the depression formed between the tendons when spreading your thumb away from your index finger. For alternate views of LI 5, See Appendix 1Figure A2 and Figure A3.

Functions: Clears Wind and Heat.

Indications: Swollen eyes, toothache, sore throat, all local problems of the wrist joint. Useful in smoking withdrawal.

LI 10, Shou San Li, Arm Three Miles

Location: On the line joining LI 5 and LI 11, 2 Cun below LI 11. For an alternate view of LI 10, See Appendix 1Figure A3.

Functions: Expels Internal Wind, harmonizes the Stomach, benefits the Intestines, invigorates the Qi and Blood.

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Figure 13.3 (Large Intestine Acupressure Points)

Indications: Tennis elbow, shoulder and arm pain, stomachache, abdominal pain. Helps in building energy by improving stomach and intestinal functions.

Especially helps: Stomachache.

LI 11, Qu Chi, Crooked Pool

Location: When the elbow is flexed, in the depression at the lateral end of the elbow crease. For an alternate view of LI 4 11, See Appendix 1Figure A3.

Functions: Releases the surface, clears Wind and Heat, cools and regulates the Blood, resolves Damp.

Indications: High fever, skin conditions, high blood pressure, edema, abdominal pain, diarrhea, arm pain (including arthritic), upper arm paralysis.

Especially helps: High fevers.

LI 15, Jian Yu, Shoulder Bone

Location: When the arm is held straight out to the side, the point is in the depression slightly to the front of the very top of the shoulder. For an alternate view of LI 15, See Appendix 1Figure A1.

Functions: Clears Wind, Heat, and Damp; regulates the channels.

Indications: Pain and inflammation in the shoulder joint, restricted shoulder movement, hives.

Especially helps: Shoulder problems.

LI 20, Ying Xiang, Welcome Fragrance

Location: In the nasolabial groove (the crease between the nostril and the corner of the mouth), just lateral to and slightly above the nostrils. For an alternate view of LI 20, See Appendix 1Figure A5.

Functions: Clears Wind and Heat, opens the Lungs and nasal passages.

Indications: Nasal sinusitis, rhinitis, reduced sense of smell, facial paresis (muscle weakness with partial paralysis).

Especially helps: Sinuses.

Stomach, Foot Yangming

St 2, Si Bai, Four Whites

Location: Directly below the pupil, in the bony depression about .5 Cun below the infraorbital foramen (eye socket). For an alternate view of St 2, See Appendix 1Figure A5.

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Figure 13.4 (Stomach Acupressure Points)

Functions: Clears Heat, brightens the eyes, smoothes Liver Qi, benefits the Gall Bladder.

Indications: All eye diseases (e.g. conjunctivitis, keratitis, night blindness, myopia), twitching eyelid, facial paralysis, second branch trigeminal neuralgia.

St 6, Jia Che, Jaw Chariot

Location: About 1 Cun anterior and superior to the lower angle of the mandible (jaw). When you clench your teeth, it is at the peak of the masseter, the muscle that bulges at that location. For an alternate view of St 6, See Appendix 1Figure A6.

Functions: Clears Wind and Heat, opens the channels, benefits teeth and jaw.

Indications: Toothache, mumps, facial paralysis.

St 7, Xia Guan, Lower Hinge

Location: Place the tip of your index finger at the center of the tragus, the triangular skin flap at the front of your ear canal. Slowly move your finger forward, straight toward your nose. In about 1 Cun, it will slide over the jaw hinge, into a depression. That’s the point. For an alternate view of St 7, See Appendix 1Figure A6.

Functions: Clears Wind and Heat, opens the channels, sharpens hearing.

Indications: Tinnitus, deafness, toothache, facial paralysis, facial pain/trigeminal neuralgia, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ).

St 8, Tou Wei, Head Corner

Location: In the bony depression at the temple corner, .5 Cun within the ideal hairline (3 Cun above Yintang), 4.5 Cun lateral to the midline. For alternate views of St 8, See Appendix 1Figure A5 and Figure A6.

Functions: Opens the channels, clears Wind and Heat, relieves pain.

Indications: One-sided headache, eye pain.

St 21, Liang Men, Beam Gate

Location: 4 Cun above the navel, 4 Cun below the bottom of the breastbone, 2 Cun lateral to the midline. For an alternate view of St 21, See Appendix 1Figure A8.

Functions: Regulates the Middle Jiao, harmonizes the Stomach and Intestines, disperses stagnation.

Indications: Stomachache, nausea, vomiting, lack of appetite, diarrhea.

St 25, Tian Shu, Celestial Axis

Location: 2 Cun lateral to the navel. For an alternate view of St 25, See Appendix 1Figure A8.

Functions: Regulates and supports the function of the Intestines, regulates Qi and disperses stagnation.

Indications: Abdominal pain and distention, constipation, diarrhea, irregular menstruation.

Especially helps: Intestinal problems.

CAUTION: Contraindicated in pregnancy. This is primarily a concern with acupuncture, but strong stimulation should be avoided.

St 29, Gui Lai, Return

Location: 4 Cun below the navel (1 Cun above the pubic bone), 2 Cun lateral to the midline. For an alternate view of St 29, See Appendix 1Figure A8.

Functions: Activates Qi, disperses Blood Stagnation and clears Damp Heat from the Lower Jiao, relieves pain, regulates menstruation.

Indications: Irregular menstruation, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), leukorrhea, amenorrhea, hernia.

Especially helps: Reproductive organs.

CAUTION: Contraindicated in pregnancy. This is primarily a concern with acupuncture, but strong stimulation should be avoided.

St 34, Lian Que, Beam Mound

Location: 2 Cun above the lateral superior border of the kneecap. For alternate views of St 34, See Appendix 1Figure A9 and Figure A12.

Functions: Harmonizes the Stomach, clears the channels.

Indications: Numb or painful knee, stomachache, diarrhea, mastitis (swollen, painful, inflamed breasts).

St 35, Du Bi, Calf’s Nose

Location: When the knee is flexed, in the depression at the lower border of the kneecap, lateral to the thick ligament (patellar ligament). For alternate views 

of St 35, See Appendix 1Figure A9 and Figure A12.

Functions: Dispels Wind and Cold, activates the channels, frees the joint, stops pain.

Indications: Pain, numbness, swelling, and motor impairment of the knee.

St 36, Zu San Li, Leg Three Miles

Location: 3 Cun inferior to St 35, 1 finger width lateral to the crest of the tibia bone.

Functions: Strengthens the Spleen, harmonizes the Stomach, regulates Qi and Blood, strengthens the entire body, boosts the immune system. For alternate views of St 36, See Appendix 1Figure A9 and Figure A12.

Indications: Stomach pain, diarrhea, constipation, knee joint and leg pain or numbness, mastitis, indigestion, dizziness, general weakness, anemia.

Especially helps: General body weakness and digestive deficiencies.

St 40, Feng Long, Abundant Bulge

Location: Halfway between the lateral center of the knee and the tip of the lateral ankle (or 8 Cun proximal to the tip of the lateral ankle), two fingers’ width (1.5 Cun) lateral to the anterior crest of the tibia. For alternate views of St 40, See Appendix 1Figure A9 and Figure A12.

Functions: Regulates the Stomach and Intestines, transforms Phlegm and Damp, calms the spirit.

Indications: Cough with profuse phlegm, dizziness, headache, asthma, epilepsy, mania.

Especially helps: Phlegm.

St 41, Jie Xi, Divide Stream

Location: At the midpoint of the anterior ankle crease, between the two tendons. For an alternate view of St 41, See Appendix 1Figure A9 and Figure A12.

Functions: Supports the Spleen, clears Stomach Heat, calms the Spirit, provides general relaxation.

Indications: Paralysis and pain in lower leg and ankle, drop foot, headache, dizziness, vertigo, constipation.

Especially helps: All foot problems, facial edema.

Spleen, Foot Taiyin

Sp 3, Tai Bai, Supreme White

Location: At the inside (big-toe side) of the foot, just proximal to the ball of the foot (proximal and inferior to the first metatarsal-phalangeal joint), on the border between the red and white skin. For alternate views of Sp 3, See Appendix 1Figure A10 and Figure A13.

Functions: Strengthens the Spleen, resolves Damp, harmonizes the Stomach.

Indications: Stomach pain, abdominal distention, digestive disorders, sluggishness.

Especially helps: Spleen tonification.

Sp 4, Gong Sun, Ancestor and Descendant

Location: In the depression distal and inferior to the base of the first metatarsal bone, on the border between the red and white skin. For alternate views of Sp 4, See Appendix 1Figure A10 and Figure A13.

Functions: Strengthens the Spleen, harmonizes the Stomach, resolves Damp.

Indications: Acute or chronic stomachache, nausea, indigestion, diarrhea, foot and ankle pain, irregular menstruation.

Sp 6, San Yin Jiao, Three Yin Crossing

Location: 3 Cun above the tip of the inner ankle, on the posterior border of the tibia. For alternate views of Sp 6, See Appendix 1Figure A10 and Figure A13.

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Figure 13.5 (Spleen Acupressure Points)

Functions: Strengthens the Spleen, harmonizes the Stomach, transforms Damp, smoothes the Liver Qi, nourishes the Kidneys.

Indications: Abdominal pain, distention, diarrhea, excessive urination or incontinence, impotence, premature ejaculation, menstrual irregularities, vaginal discharge, sterility, infertility, eczema, edema, insomnia. All diseases of the urogenital and digestive systems.

Especially helps: Build Yin and Blood, gynecological deficiencies.

CAUTION: Contraindicated in pregnancy. Strong stimulation may induce labor.

Sp 9, Yin Ling Quan, Yin Mound Spring

Location: On the medial side of the knee, in the depression just below the large bone at the bottom of the knee joint. (In the depression below the lower border of the medial condyle of the tibia.) For alternate views of Sp 9, See Appendix 1Figure A9 and Figure A10.

Functions: Strengthens the Spleen, clears Heat, drains Damp, disinhibits urination.

Indications: Abdominal distention, urinary incontinence or retention, menstrual irregularities, diarrhea, edema, pain in the external genitals, knee pain.

Especially helps: Urinary problems.

Sp 10, Xue Hai, Sea of Blood

Location: When the knee is flexed, 2 Cun above the medial superior corner of the kneecap. For alternate views of Sp 10, See Appendix 1Figure A9 and Figure A10.

Functions: Harmonizes Qi and Blood, clears Heat, cools and moves the Blood, regulates menstruation.

Indications: Irregular or painful menstruation, amenorrhea (no menses), anemia, eczema, hives.

Especially helps: Skin problems, excessive menstrual bleeding.

Sp 15, Da Peng, Great Horizontal

Location: 4 Cun lateral to the navel. For an alternate view of Sp 15, See Appendix 1Figure A8.

Functions: Regulates Qi and alleviates pain, regulates Spleen Qi, moistens the Intestines, harmonizes the Large Intestines.

Indications: Diarrhea, constipation, abdominal distention and pain.

CAUTION: Light stimulation only during pregnancy. This is primarily a concern with acupuncture, but strong stimulation should be avoided.

Sp 21, Da Bao, Great Wrapping

Location: On the side of the chest, between the ribs, 6 Cun below the armpit, or midway between the armpit and that tip of the eleventh rib. (If you slide your finger down the front of your ribs, the eleventh rib is the first one that feels like a separate tip detached from the rest.) For an alternate view of Sp 21, See Appendix 1Figure A8.

Functions: Regulates Qi and Blood, unbinds the chest and alleviates pain.

Indications: Asthma, pain in the chest or flanks, general ache and weakness throughout the body.

Heart, Hand Shaoyin

H 1, Ji Quan, Supreme Spring

Location: At the center of the armpit. For an alternate view of H 1, See Appendix 1Figure A4.

Functions: Regulates the Qi, relaxes the chest, clears the meridians.

Indications: Palpitations, pain in the chest and heart region.

H 3, Shao Hai, Lesser Sea

Location: Flex your elbow. Place your fingertip on the bone at the inner elbow (the medial epicondyle of the humerus). Slide your finger toward the inner elbow crease. Just as it passes over the bone, it will fall into the depression where the point is located. For an alternate view of H 3, See Appendix 1Figure A4.

Functions: Calms the Heart and spirit, rectifies Heart Qi, relaxes the chest, clears the channels.

Indications: Heart pain, pain in the arm and hand, depression, agitation, neurasthenia (fatigue, headache, and irritability associated with emotional disturbances).

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Figure 13.6 (Heart Acupressure Points)

H 5, Tong Li, Connecting Route

Location: 1 Cun proximal to the ulnar (little finger) side of the wrist crease, just medial to the tendon. For alternate views of H 5, See Appendix 1Figure A1 and Figure A4.

Functions: Calms the spirit, regulates Heart Qi and the mind, clears and invigorates the meridians.

Indications: Palpitations, sore throat, insomnia, sudden loss of voice, tongue rigidity, wrist strains.

Especially helps: Slow or irregular heartbeat, stuttering.

H 6, Yin Xi, Yin Accumulation

Location: .5 Cun proximal to the ulnar (little finger) side of the wrist crease, just medial to the tendon. For alternate views of H 6, See Appendix 1Figure A1 and Figure A4.

Functions: Calms the heart, clears Heat, cools the Blood, transforms phlegm.

Indications: Night sweats, palpitations, sudden loss of voice, coughing up blood, nose bleeds.

Especially helps: Night sweats.

H 7, Shen Men, Spirit Gate

Location: At the ulnar (little finger) side of the wrist crease, just medial to the tendon. For alternate views of H 7, See Appendix 1Figure A1 and Figure A4.

Functions: Clears and supports the Heart, calms the spirit, resolves depression.

Indications: Heart pain, neurasthenia, palpitations, insomnia, hysteria, irritability, mental restlessness or absent-mindedness, excessive dreaming.

Especially helps: Psychological problems—insomnia, depression, anxiety, nervousness.

Small Intestine, Hand Taiyang

SI 3, Hou Xi, Back Stream

Location: On the ulnar (little finger) side of the hand, about 1 Cun below where the little finger joins the hand. When making a soft fist, this is where the upper palm crease ends at the side of the hand, at the junction of the red and white skin. For an alternate view of SI 3, See Appendix 1Figure A4.

Functions: Releases the surface, clears Wind, calms the spirit, relaxes the low back.

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Figure 13.7 (Small Intestine Acupressure Points)

Indications: Low back pain, stiff neck, seizures, tinnitus, deafness, eye inflammation, pain in the lower arm and wrist.

Especially helps: Stiff neck and back, arthritis.

SI 6, Yang Lao, Nursing the Aged

• Location: In the depression just proximal and medial to the large bony bump below the little finger side of the back of the wrist. (On the radial side of the styloid process of the ulna.) For an alternate view of SI 6, See Appendix 1Figure A2.

Functions: Relaxes muscles, clears and activates the meridians, brightens the eyes and benefits vision.

Indications: Eye problems, nearsightedness, blurred vision; low back, shoulder, elbow, and wrist pain.

SI 8, Xiao Hai, Small Sea

Location: With elbow flexed, at the little finger side of the elbow, in the depression between the elbow tip and the bony bump at the end of the humerus (the upper arm bone). The “funny bone” point. For an alternate view of SI 8, See Appendix 1Figure A3.

Functions: Clears Wind, calms the mind, relaxes the tendons, relieves pain.

Indications: Ulnar nerve problems (neuralgia, paralysis), epilepsy, pain along the Small Intestine meridian.

SI 17, Tian Rong, Celestial Countenance

Location: In the depression just behind the angle of the jaw and in front of the sternocleidomastoid muscle. For an alternate view of SI 17, See Appendix 1Figure A6.

Functions: Clears Heat and inflammation, sharpens hearing, relieves the throat, reduces edema.

Indications: Tonsillitis, sore throat, sore and swollen neck, tinnitus, deafness.

Especially helps: Sore throat, tonsillitis.

CAUTION: Light to moderate pressure only—the carotid artery and jugular vein are located here. This is primarily a concern with acupuncture, but strong stimulation should be avoided.

SI 19, Ting Gong, Auditory Palace

Location: Place your fingertip on the triangular flap of skin in front of your ear canal (the tragus), so that it also touches the hinge of your jaw. Open your mouth, and as your jaw hinge lowers, your fingertip will fall right into the opening of the point. For an alternate view of SI 19, See Appendix 1Figure A6.

Functions: Calms the spirit, benefits hearing, opens the ear, improves vision.

Indications: Tinnitus, deafness, inflammation of the ear canal, trigeminal neuralgia.

Especially helps: Ears.

Urinary Bladder, Foot Taiyang

UB 1, Jing Ming, Eye Brightness

Location: .5 Cun medial to the inner corner of the eye. Point your finger toward your nose to feel the depression. For an alternate view of UB 1, See Appendix 1Figure A5.

Functions: Clears Wind and Heat, opens the meridians, brightens the eyes.

Indications: All eye diseases, conjunctivitis, night blindness, itchy, tearing eyes, color blindness, nearsightedness, blurred vision, early stage cataracts, glaucoma.

Especially helps: Eyes.

UB 2, Zan Zhu, Collecting Bamboo

Location: At the medial tip of the eyebrow, directly above UB 1. For an alternate view of UB 2, See Appendix 1Figure A5.

Functions: Clears Wind and Heat, sharpens vision.

Indications: Headache, blurred and failing vision, facial paralysis, eye pain.

Especially helps: Eyes, headache.

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Figure 13.8 (Urinary Bladder Acupressure Points)

UB 10, Tian Zhu, Celestial Pillar

Location: .5 Cun within the posterior hairline, 1.3 Cun lateral to the midline, in the depression on the lateral edge of the trapezius muscle. For an alternate view of UB 10, See Appendix 1Figure A7.

Functions: Clears Wind and Heat, frees meridian flow and reduces pain, opens the senses, restores consciousness.

Indications: Occipital (base of the head) headache, sore and stiff neck, shoulder and back pain.

Especially helps: Neck, mental and emotional issues.

UB 11, Da Zhu, Great Shuttle

Location: Feel for the large bony spine bump at the back of your neck, where your neck joins your back. This is the spinous process of your first thoracic vertebra, T1. Feel for the depression just below T1. The point is 1.5 Cun lateral to the midline at the level of that depression. For an alternate view of UB 11, See Appendix 1Figure A7.

Functions: Clears Heat, releases the surface, rectifies Lung Qi, regulates the joints, strengthens bones, reduces pain.

Indications: Common cold, cough, bronchitis, pneumonia, neck and back pain, fever, stiff neck.

Especially helps: Bones.

UB 40, Wei Zhong, Bend Middle

Location: At the center of the crease at the back of the knee. For an alternate view of UB 40, See Appendix 1Figure A11.

Functions: Clears Summer Heat, benefits the low back and knees.

Indications: Low back pain, tight muscles at the back of the knee, acute stomach and intestinal pain especially due to Heat, vomiting, diarrhea, heat exhaustion, heat stroke.

Especially helps: Low back pain, heat stroke.

UB 57, Cheng Shan, Supporting Mountain

Location: At the tip of the depression formed between the twin bellies of the calf muscle (gastrocnemius), 8 Cun below UB 40. For alternate views of UB 57, See Appendix 1Figure A11 and Figure A12.

Functions: Clears Heat, relaxes the muscle meridians, reduces pain, benefits hemorrhoids.

Indications: Sciatica, cramping and pain in the lower back and calf, constipation, hemorrhoids.

Especially helps: Hemorrhoids.

UB 59, Fu Yang, Instep Yang

Location: 3 Cun directly above (proximal to) UB 60. For an alternate view of UB 59, See Appendix 1Figure A12.

Functions: Clears Wind, activates the meridians, moves Qi, reduces pain.

Indications: Headache, low back pain, pain and numbness in the lower leg.

UB 60, Kun Lun, Kunlun Mountains

Location: In the depression directly between the lateral tip of the ankle and the Achilles tendon. For alternate views of UB 60 See Appendix 1Figure A11 and Figure A12.

Functions: Clears Wind and Heat, opens the meridians, relaxes the muscles and tendons, reduces pain.

Indications: Headache, blurred vision, stiff neck, low back pain, sciatica, ankle and heel pain.

Especially helps: Headache, stiff neck.

CAUTION: Mild to moderate stimulation only during pregnancy. This is primarily a concern with acupuncture, but strong stimulation should be avoided.

UB 62, Shen Mai, Extending Vessel

Location: In the depression directly below the lateral tip of the ankle. For an alternate view of UB, See Appendix 1Figure A12.

Functions: Calms the spirit, relaxes the muscles, clears Wind, reduces pain.

Indications: Headache, dizziness, insomnia, backache, heel pain, epilepsy.

Especially helps: Headaches, insomnia.

Kidney, Foot Shaoyin

K 1, Yong Quan, Bubbling Well

Location: On the midline of the sole of the foot. From where the toes join the foot, approximately one-third the distance toward the heel.

Functions: Replenishes the Kidneys, nourishes Yin, calms the spirit, soothes the Liver, clears Wind.

Indications: Headache, dizziness, sore throat, insomnia, loss of voice, painful or difficult urination.

Especially helps: Shock (a strong revival point).

K 3, Tai Xi, Great Stream

Location: In the depression between the medial tip of the ankle and the Achilles tendon; the opposite side from UB 60. For alternate views of K 3, See Appendix 1Figure A10Figure A11, and Figure A13.

Functions: Replenishes the Kidneys, nourishes Yin, cools Heat, strengthens the low back and knees.

Indications: Sore throat (from prolonged Yin Deficiency), deafness, tinnitus, toothache, low back pain, male sexual dysfunction, irregular menstruation, insomnia, excessive urination or incontinence.

Especially helps: Provide balance in all Kidney disharmonies; building Kidney Yin, Yang, and Qi.

K 6, Zhao Hai, Luminous Sea

Location: In the depression directly below the medial tip of the ankle. For alternate views of K 6, See Appendix 1Figure A10 and Figure A13.

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Figure 13.9 (Kidney Acupressure Points)

Functions: Replenishes the Kidneys, nourishes Yin, clears Heat, calms the spirit, regulates menstruation.

Indications: Irregular or painful menstruation, leukorrhea (vaginal discharge), urinary frequency or retention, insomnia, sore throat.

Especially helps: Build Kidney Yin, sore throat.

K 7, Fu Liu, Recover Flow

Location: 2 Cun directly above K 3, on the anterior border of the Achilles tendon. For alternate views of K 7, See Appendix 1Figure A10 and Figure A13.

Functions: Replenishes the Kidneys, tonifies Kidney Yang, consolidates the surface (Weiqi), and regulates sweating.

Indications: Inflammation of the Kidneys or testes, urinary tract infection, edema, insufficient or excess sweating, spontaneous sweats, night sweats, back pain, abdominal distention.

K 10, Yin Gu, Yin Valley

Location: With knee flexed, at the medial side of the back of the knee crease, between the tendons found there. For alternate views of K 6, See Appendix 1Figure A10 and Figure A11.

Functions: Benefits the Kidneys, nourishes Yin, regulates menstruation.

Indications: Impotence, hernia, urogenital disorders, dysfunctional uterine bleeding, knee pain.

K 13, Qi Xue, Qi Hole

Location: 3 Cun below the navel, .5 Cun lateral to the midline (.5 Cun lateral to Ren 4). For an alternate view of K 13, See Appendix 1Figure A8.

Functions: Supplements Kidney Qi, regulates the Chong and Ren meridians.

Indications: Gynecological disorders, painful urination, abdominal pain.

CAUTION: Mild to moderate stimulation only during pregnancy. This is primarily a concern with acupuncture, but strong stimulation should be avoided.

K 16, Huang Shu, Vital Transport Point

Location: .5 Cun lateral to the navel. For an alternate view of K 16, See Appendix 1Figure A8.

Functions: Harmonizes the Stomach, regulates Large Intestine Qi.

Indications: Hernia, constipation, abdominal pain.

CAUTION: Mild to moderate stimulation only during pregnancy. This is primarily a concern with acupuncture, but strong stimulation should be avoided.

K 27, Shu Fu, Transport Mansion

Location: On the lower border of the collarbone, 2 Cun lateral to the midline. For an alternate view of K 27, See Appendix 1Figure A8.

Functions: Supports Kidney Yang, opens the Lungs, descends rebellious Qi.

Indications: Cough, asthma, chest pain, bronchitis.

Pericardium, Hand Jueyin

P 3, Qu Ze, Marsh at the Bend

Location: At the midpoint of the elbow crease, just to the ulnar (little finger) side of the biceps tendon. For an alternate view of P 3, See Appendix 1Figure A1.

Functions: Rectifies Heart Qi, clears Heat from the Blood, harmonizes the Stomach, calms the spirit.

Indications: Heart pain, palpitations, stomachache, fevers and associated diseases (e.g., fever causing a seizure), vomiting, pain in the arm and elbow.

P 6, Nei Guan, Inner Gate

Location: 2 Cun above the wrist crease, between the tendons. For an alternate view of P 6, See Appendix 1Figure A1.

Functions: Regulates Heart Qi, calms the Heart and spirit, clarifies the mind, strengthens the Spleen, regulates the Liver, benefits abdominal organs, suppresses pain.

Indications: Heart pain, palpitations, pain below the ribs, stuffy chest, stomachache, nausea, vomiting, mental disorders, epilepsy, insomnia, irritability.

Especially helps: Nausea (motion sickness, morning sickness).

P 7, Da Ling, Big Mound

Location: In the middle of the wrist crease, between the tendons. For an alternate view of P 7, See Appendix 1Figure A1.

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Figure 13.10 (Pericardium Acupressure Points)

Functions: Clears the Heart, calms the spirit, harmonizes the Stomach, clears Heat, relaxes the joint.

Indications: Heart pain, palpitations, stomachache, chest and wrist pain, insomnia, irritability.

Especially helps: Carpal tunnel syndrome.

Sanjiao, Hand Shaoyang

SJ 3, Zhong Shu, Middle Islet

Location: On the back of the hand, in the depression proximal to the knuckles of the little and ring fingers. For alternate views of SJ 3, See Appendix 1Figure A2 and Figure A3.

Functions: Clears Heat, activates the channels, benefits eyesight and hearing, opens the throat.

Indications: Tinnitus, deafness, headache, sore throat, fevers, elbow and arm pain.

Especially helps: Ears.

SJ 5, Wai Guan, Outer Gate

Location: 2 Cun proximal to the back of the wrist crease, between the two bones.

Functions: Clears Heat, releases the surface, benefits eyesight and hearing, facilitates Qi circulation. For alternate views of SJ 5, See Appendix 1Figure A2 and Figure A3.

Indications: Common cold, fevers, pneumonia, headache, deafness, tinnitus, stiff neck, pain in the arm and elbow.

Especially helps: Immune system.

SJ 6, Zhi Gao, Branch Ditch

Location: 3 Cun proximal to the back of the wrist crease, between the two bones. For alternate views of SJ 6, See Appendix 1Figure A2 and Figure A3.

Functions: Smoothes the Liver, spreads the Qi, opens the Intestines, sharpens hearing.

Indications: Deafness, tinnitus, constipation, chest and rib pain.

Especially helps: Constipation.

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Figure 13.11 (Sanjiao Acupressure Points)

SJ 17, Yi Feng, Wind Screen

Location: Directly behind the earlobe, in the depression behind the mid-jaw (between the mandible and the mastoid process). For an alternate view of SJ 17, See Appendix 1Figure A6.

Functions: Benefits hearing and vision, frees Qi flow in the channels, opens and relaxes the throat.

Indications: Tinnitus, deafness, facial paralysis, toothache, inflamed parotid glands (mumps), painful or locked jaw.

Especially helps: Ears.

SJ 21, Er Men, Ear Gate

Location: In the bony depression just in front of the top of the tragus (the triangular flap of skin at the front of the ear canal.) For an alternate view of SJ 21, See Appendix 1Figure A6.

Functions: Clears Heat, opens the ear, sharpens hearing.

Indications: Tinnitus, deafness, toothache.

SJ 23, Si Zhu Kong, Silk Bamboo Hole

Location: In the depression at the lateral end of the eyebrow. For an alternate view of SJ 23, See Appendix 1Figure A6.

Functions: Clears Wind and Heat, opens the channels, sharpens eyesight.

Indications: Headache, red and painful eyes (conjunctivitis), eyelid twitch, blurred vision.

Gall Bladder, Foot Shaoyang

GB 1, Tong Zi Liao, Pupil Bone Hole

Location: In the depression .5 Cun lateral to the outer corner of the eye. For alternate views of GB 1, See Appendix 1Figure A5 and Figure A6.

Functions: Clears Wind and Heat, opens the channels, improves vision.

Indications: Headache, failing vision, excessive tearing, night blindness.

Especially helps: Eyes.

GB 2, Ting Hui, Auditory Convergence

Location: In the depression just below the lower corner of the tragus (the triangular flap of skin in front of the ear canal). For an alternate view of GB 2, See Appendix 1Figure A6.

Functions: Clears Wind, smoothes Liver and Gall Bladder Qi, frees and activates channel Qi, sharpens hearing, benefits the eyes.

Indications: Deafness, tinnitus, toothache, mumps, locked jaw.

Especially helps: Ears, jaw.

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Figure 13.12 (Gall Bladder Acupressure Points)

GB 14, Yang Bai, Yang White

Location: Directly above the pupil, 1 Cun above the eyebrow. For alternate views of GB 14, See Appendix 1Figure A5 and Figure A6.

Functions: Clears Wind and Heat, reduces pain, improves vision.

Indications: Headache, eye pain, eye twitch, droopy eyelid, excessive tearing, night blindness, glaucoma.

GB 20, Feng Chi, Wind Pool

Location: Just below the base of the skull, 1 Cun within the posterior hairline, in the depression between the trapezius and sternocleidomastoid muscles. About 2 Cun lateral to the midline. For an alternate view of GB 20, See Appendix 1Figure A7.

Functions: Clears Wind and Heat, releases the surface, soothes the Liver, benefits hearing and vision, reduces pain.

Indications: Common cold, headache, dizziness, stiff neck, insomnia, blurred vision, glaucoma, tinnitus, deafness, nasal obstruction.

Especially helps: Headache, hypertension.

GB 21, Jian Jing, Shoulder Well

Location: At the highest point of the trapezius muscle, halfway between the center of the base of the neck (C 7) and the bony prominence at the top of the shoulder (the acromion process). For an alternate view of GB 21, See Appendix 1Figure A8.

Functions: Clears Wind and Heat, clears and invigorates the channels, descends rebellious Qi, smoothes Liver Qi, benefits the shoulders, reduces pain.

Indications: Painful and stiff neck, shoulder and back pain, mastitis, insufficient lactation, difficult labor.

Especially helps: Descend the Qi, neck and shoulder pain.

CAUTION: Mild stimulation only during pregnancy. Strong stimulation may induce labor. This is primarily a concern with acupuncture treatments, but strong stimulation should be avoided.

GB 34, Yang Ling Quan, Yang Mound Spring

Location: In the depression inferior and anterior to the bony prominence found about 2 Cun below the lateral knee (the head of the fibula). For an alternate view of GB 34, See Appendix 1Figure A12.

Functions: Smoothes Liver and Gall Bladder Qi, clears Heat and Damp, frees the channels, benefits the tendons and ligaments.

Indications: One-sided paralysis, weakness, numbness or pain in the lower leg, swollen or painful knee, hepatitis, jaundice, gall bladder diseases (cholecystitis 

and cholelithiasis), low back pain, acid regurgitation, vomiting.

Especially helps: Tendons and ligaments (throughout the body).

GB 37, Guang Ming, Bright Light

Location: 5 Cun above the tip of the lateral ankle, on the anterior border of the bone (fibula). For an alternate view of GB 37, See Appendix 1Figure A12.

Functions: Regulates the Liver, sharpens eyesight.

Indications: Knee pain, eye pain, blurred vision, night blindness, cataract, glaucoma, early stage mastitis.

Especially helps: Eyes and calf.

GB 39, Xuan Zhong, Suspended Bell

Location: 3 Cun above the tip of the lateral ankle, on the anterior border of the bone (fibula). For an alternate view of GB 39, See Appendix 1Figure A12.

Functions: Clears Wind and Damp, cools Gall Bladder Heat, activates the channels.

Indications: One-sided paralysis, stiff and painful neck, knee, lower leg and ankle pain or weakness.

Especially helps: Neck pain, immune system.

GB 40, Qiu Xu, Hill Ruins

Location: Anterior and inferior to the lateral ankle, in the depression on the lateral side of the tendon (extensor digitorum longus). For an alternate view of GB 40, See Appendix 1Figure A12.

Functions: Clears Heat, smoothes the Liver Qi, benefits the Gall Bladder, sharpens eyesight.

Indications: Eye inflammation, neck pain, acid regurgitation, inflamed gall bladder, outer ankle pain and swelling.

GB 41, Zu Lin Qi, Foot Falling Tears

Location: Place your fingertip on GB 40. Slowly slide it toward the space between your little toe and the toe next to it. Just past the halfway point, your fingertip will drop into a depression between the bones of your foot, where the point is located (distal to the juncture of the fourth and fifth metatarsal). See figure 14.19. For alternate views of GB 41, See Appendix 1Figure A12 and Figure A14.

Functions: Clears Wind and Heat, rectifies the Liver and Gall Bladder, reduces pain.

Indications: Headache, dizziness, tinnitus, deafness, conjunctivitis, outer eye pain, breast pain, pain below the ribs, irregular menstruation, foot swelling and pain.

Especially helps: Painful menses.

Liver, Foot Jueyin

Liv 3, Tai Chong, Great Surge

Location: On the top of the foot, in the depression between the tendons, 1.5 Cun proximal to the margin of the web between the first and second toes. For an alternate view of Liv 3, See Appendix 1Figure A14.

Functions: Calms the Liver, clears Wind, smoothes and regulates Liver Qi, harmonizes the Liver and Spleen, transforms Damp.

Indications: Headache, dizziness, insomnia, eye pain, depression, high blood pressure, hernia, irregular or painful menstruation, urinary incontinence or retention.

Especially helps: Headaches, calms the nervous system.

Liv 7, Xi Guan, Knee Gate

Location: On the medial side of the knee, in the depression just below the large bone at the bottom of the knee joint, 1 Cun posterior to Sp 9 (posterior to the depression below the lower border of the medial condyle of the tibia.) For an alternate view of Liv 7, See Appendix 1Figure A10.

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Figure 13.13 (Liver Acupressure Points)

Functions: Clears Wind and Damp, benefits the knee, reduces pain.

Indications: Headache, knee pain.

Liv 8, Qu Chuan, Spring at the Bend

Location: Seated with the knee flexed, the point is in the depression at the medial end of the crease at the back of the knee, above the tendon. For an alternate view of Liv 8, See Appendix 1Figure A10.

Functions: Clears Damp Heat, regulates the Liver, benefits the Kidneys and Urinary Bladder, relaxes the muscle and knee joint.

Indications: Vaginitis, prostatitis, kidney pain, hernia, genital pain, impotence, nocturnal emission, knee and thigh pain.

Liv 13, Zhang Men, Order Gate

Location: Just below the tip of the eleventh rib. If you slide your finger down your rib cage from your breastbone (sternum), the eleventh rib is the first separate rib tip you’ll find, near the bottom of your ribcage. For an alternate view of Liv 13, See Appendix 1Figure A8.

Functions: Clears Cold and Damp, tonifies the Spleen, harmonizes the Stomach, smoothes Liver Qi, benefits the Gall Bladder.

Indications: Abdominal distention (enlarged liver and spleen), hepatitis, pain below the ribs, indigestion, vomiting, diarrhea.

Liv 14, Qi Men, Cycle Gate

Location: Directly below the nipple, in the sixth intercostal space (the space between the ribs). For an alternate view of Liv 14, See Appendix 1Figure A8.

Functions: Regulates and rectifies the Liver and Gall Bladder, tonifies the Spleen, harmonizes the Stomach, disperses Blood Stagnation, promotes lactation.

Indications: Hepatitis, enlarged liver, pain below the ribs, inflamed gall bladder, mastitis, depression.

Du, Governing Vessel

Du 1, Chang Qiang, Long Strong

Location: Midway between the tip of the coccyx (tailbone) and the anus.

Functions: Opens the Ren and Du meridians, regulates the Intestines.

Indications: Constipation, diarrhea, hemorrhoids, low back pain, impotence, scrotal eczema, urinary incontinence.

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Figure 13.14 (Du Acupressure Points)

Du 20, Bai Hui, One Hundred Convergences

Location: On the midline of the head, 5 Cun above the natural anterior hairline (or 7 Cun above the posterior hairline), intersecting the line that can be drawn above the head between the tips of each ear.

Functions: Smoothes the Liver, clears Wind, opens the senses, calms the spirit.

Indications: Headache, dizziness, tinnitus, nasal obstruction, high blood pressure, insomnia, mental disorders, prolapse (dropping) of the anus, rectum, and uterus.

Especially helps: Headache, dizziness, high blood pressure.

Du 23, Shang Xing, Upper Star

Location: On the midline of the head, 1 Cun within the middle of the natural anterior hairline. For an alternate view of Du 23, See Appendix 1Figure A5.

Functions: Clears Wind Heat, opens the nose, sharpens vision, strengthens the mind, calms the spirit.

Indications: Headache, nosebleed, sinusitis, runny nose, eye pain, mental restlessness.

Especially helps: Sinuses.

Yintang, Seal Hall

Note: This is not a Du point but a very useful extra point that lies directly on the Du meridian.

Location: Midway between the medial ends of the eyebrows. For an alternate view of Yintang, See Appendix 1Figure A5.

Functions: Clears Wind, sharpens eyesight, calms the spirit, opens the nose.

Indications: Headache, dizziness, eye diseases, sinusitis, insomnia, agitation.

Du 26, Ren Zhong, Person’s Center

Location: On the midline, just below the base of the nose, two-thirds of the way up from the upper lip. For an alternate view of Du 26, See Appendix 1Figure A5.

Functions: Clears the brain, opens the senses, cools Heat, calms the spirit.

Indications: Shock, motion sickness, seizures, epilepsy, mental disorders, loss of consciousness, deviation of the mouth, low back pain.

Especially helps: Shock (revival point).

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Figure 13.15 (Ren Acupressure Points)

Ren, Conception Vessel

Ren 1, Hui Yin, Meeting of Yin

Location: On the midline, halfway between the anus and the external genitals (scrotum and labia).

Functions: Clears Damp Heat, regulates menstruation, benefits the Urinary Bladder, clears the mind, opens the senses.

Indications: Urinary retention or incontinence, vaginitis, hemorrhoids, urethritis, prostatitis, irregular menstruation, nocturnal emission, mental disorders.

Ren 3, Zhong Ji, Central Pole

Location: On the midline of the abdomen, 4 Cun below the navel, 1 Cun above the pubic bone. For an alternate view of Ren 3, See Appendix 1Figure A8.

Functions: Clears Heat and Damp, regulates menstruation, benefits the Urinary Bladders, frees urination.

Indications: Urinary retention or incontinence, nocturnal emission, impotence, premature ejaculation, hernia, irregular or painful menstruation, lower abdominal pain, urethritis, urinary tract infection.

CAUTION: Mild stimulation only during pregnancy. This is primarily a concern with acupuncture, but strong stimulation should be avoided.

Ren 4, Guan Yuan, Origin Pass

Location: On the midline of the abdomen, 3 Cun below the navel, 2 Cun above the pubic bone. For an alternate view of Ren 4, See Appendix 1Figure A8.

Functions: Nourishes the Kidneys, replenishes source (Yuan) Qi, regulates menstruation, promotes urination.

Indications: Urinary incontinence or retention, nocturnal emission, impotence, infertility, sterility, irregular menstruation, hernia, lower abdominal pain, diarrhea, all conditions of general weakness. (This point strengthens the body and improves overall health.)

Especially helps: Fatigue (tonifies Yang).

CAUTION: Mild stimulation only during pregnancy. This is primarily a concern with acupuncture, but strong stimulation should be avoided.

Ren 6, Qi Hai, Sea of Qi

Location: On the midline of the abdomen, 1.5 Cun below the navel. For an alternate view of Ren 6, See Appendix 1Figure A8.

Functions: Tonifies and regulates Qi, tonifies the Kidneys, supplements essence, regulates menstruation.

Indications: Abdominal pain, incontinence, frequent nighttime urination, nocturnal emission, impotence, hernia, irregular, painful, or absent menstruation, constipation, asthma, all conditions of general weakness. (This point strengthens the body and improves overall health.)

Especially helps: Tonify Qi.

CAUTION: Mild stimulation only during pregnancy. This is primarily a concern with acupuncture, but strong stimulation should be avoided.

Ren 12, Zhong Wan, Central Venter

Location: On the midline of the abdomen, 4 Cun above the navel. For an alternate view of Ren 12, See Appendix 1Figure A8.

Functions: Tonifies the Spleen, harmonizes the stomach, transforms Damp, descends Rebellious Stomach Qi.

Indications: Stomachache, abdominal distention, nausea, vomiting, indigestion, hiccups, diarrhea, constipation, jaundice, insomnia.

Especially helps: Stomach, digestive disorders.

Ren 17, Dan Zhong, Center of the Chest

Location: On the anterior midline in the fourth intercostal space (the space between the ribs), usually midway between the nipples. Note: The position of the nipples change as a person ages or gains weight, so try your best for the fourth intercostal space, which always remains constant. For an alternate view of Ren 17, See Appendix 1Figure A8.

Functions: Regulates and rectifies the Qi of the whole body, relaxes and expands the chest, benefits the diaphragm, soothes difficult breathing.

Indications: Asthma, bronchitis, chest pain, cough, hiccup, mastitis, palpitations, insufficient lactation.

Ren 22, Tian Tu, Celestial Chimney

Location: In the depression just above the notch at the base of the throat (the suprasternal fossa). For an alternate view of Ren 22, See Appendix 1Figure A8.

Functions: Regulates and rectifies Lung Qi, subdues rebellious Qi, opens and cools the throat, clears the voice.

Indications: Asthma, bronchitis, cough, sore throat, dry throat, hiccup, nervous vomiting, esophagus spasm (difficulty swallowing), sudden loss of voice.