1 Summary and legend of background colors and its qualifications: Bgnd color Nr.: join/reunion, connection point of 2 or more energy circuits Jiao Hui Xue: LU1,9 LI14-16,20 ST1,3,4,7-8,30 SP6,12,13,15,16 SI3,10,12,18,19 BL1,11,12,31,33,34,4159,61 KI6,8,11-21 Pastel blue 会 PC1,6 SJ5,13,15,17,20,22 GB1,3-21,23,24,26-30,41 LR13,14 DM1,13-17,20,24,26,28 RM1-4,7,10,12,13,17,22-24 会 Meaning : 8 Hui meeting points, BahuiXue, reunion: Pastel blue LU9-veins BL11-bones BL17-blood GB34-tendon GB39-marrow LR13-yins RM12-yangs RM17-Qi Code: 5 special functional points: Xue wei xue 12 Beishuxue: BL13-LU BL14-PC BL15-HT BL16-DM BL17-Diafragma BL18-LR BL19-GB BL20-SP BL21-ST BL22-SJ Green BL23-KI BL24-RM6 BL25-LI BL26-RM4 BL27-SI BL28-BL BL29-Sacrum BL30-Anus 12 Mu, front alarm: LU1-LU ST25-LI GB24-GB GB25-KI LR13-SP LR14-LR RM3-BL RM4-SI RM5-SJ RM12-ST Red 100 RM14-HT RM17-PC Turqoise 络脉 Luo Mai (Xue), passage:lu7 LI6 ST40 SP4 HT5 SI7 BL58 KI4 PC6 SJ5 GB37 LR5 RM15 DM1 Big: SP21 ST18-left Blue 100 Xi, cleft, hole, opening: LU6 LI7 ST34 SP8 HT6 SI6 BL63 KI5 PC4 SJ7 GB36 LR6 Yellow Yuan, Source: LU9 LI4 ST42 SP3 HT7 SI4 BL64 KI3 PC7 SJ4 GB40 LR3 (RM6,15) 输 PinYin: one of the 5 Inductors / antique points - wu shu xue - in Yin & Yang order: Mint Jing/Ting, Source, well: LU11 LI1 SP1 ST45 HT9 SI1 KI1 BL67 PC9 SJ1 LR1 GB44 Light orange Xing/Ying, water, spring: LU10 LI2 SP2 ST44 HT8 SI2 KI2 BL66 PC8 SJ2 LR2 GB43 Light green 输 Shu, transport, stream: LU9 LI3 SP3 ST43 HT7 SI3 KI3 BL65 PC7 SJ3 LR3 GB41 Lavendel Jing, river: LU8 LI5 SP5 ST41 HT4 SI5 KI7 BL60 PC5 SJ6 LR4 GB38 Grey 10% Xia He, union, sea: LU5 LI11 SP9 ST36 HT3 SI8 KI10 BL40 PC3 SJ10 LR8 GB34 Chinese characters: the basic 5 Element: Wu xing, mother son in Yin & Yang order Green 100 Mu: Wood LU11 LI3 SP1 ST43 HT9 SI3 KI1 BL65 PC9 SJ3 LR1 GB41 Rose Huo: Fire LU10 LI5 SP2 ST41 HT8 SI5 KI2 BL60 PC8 SJ6 LR2 GB38 Light yellow Du: Earth LU9 LI11 SP3 ST36 HT7 SI8 KI3 BL40 PC7 SJ10 LR3 GB34 Light blue Jin: Metal LU8 LI1 SP5 ST45 HT4 SI1 KI7 BL67 PC5 SJ1 LR4 GB44 Grey 25% Shui: Water LU5 LI2 SP9 ST44 HT3 SI2 KI10 BL66 PC3 SJ2 LR8 GB43 For enhanced learnability, points in the neighbourhood will not be referred to with its code. Code Abbreviation of HT Heart SI Small Intestine LR Liver GB Gall bladder LU Lung LI Large Intestine SP Spleen ST Stomach KI Kidney BL Bladder PC Pericard SJ Three Heater DM DuMai Governor 脉 RM RenMai Conception 脉 HN Head and Neck 头颈 CA Chest and Abdomen B Back UE Upper Extremities LE Lower Extremities
2 Clinical Application according to Classical Theories of the Five Shu-Points Jǐng / Tǐng source/well Yíng / Xíng spring/pool Shū stream to transport Jìng river to pass through Hé sea Principal Location Actions & Effects Restores consciousness and rescuing collapse Clears Heat & Stagnation / fullness from the opposite / uppermost end of the channel in Where the Qi of the Channel emerges on the tips of acute syndromes and begins moving towards the trunk the fingers and Calms the Spirit (Shen) of the body toes Treats fullness below the Heart Diseases of the zang Channel disorders Clears heat from the meridian/organ, body (Jing-well works on the distal end) just proximal to Effect on the opposite end of the channel (less than Jing-well) Where the Qi of the Channel the Jing-well changes in the colour (complexion) trickles points diseases of the Yang channels clearing Shi pathogenic factors, stagnation and heat diseases of the Yin channels (with the Shu-Stream point) Where the Qi of the Channel begins to Heaviness a/or pain of the joints (Bi syndromes) pour. On the Yin Channels Shustream at or near the Combine with the Ying-spring Points to treat the Yin organs points are identical to the joints of the Yang Shu-stream Points useful for channel stagnation Yuan-source points (important for extremities (i.e. Ling Shu ch. 44 states that they are useful for diseases which come and go tonifying and regulating their ankles & wrists) (intermittently) pertaining organs) disorders of the Yang channels Cough, Fever, dyspnoea & Chills - External pathogenic factors Where the Qi of the Channel begins to on the forearm Disorders of the local tissues (muscles, tendons, bones, joints) Jing-River points of the flow more heavily and lower leg Yin channels Diseases manifesting in the voice Counterflow, rebellious Qi, diarrhea, skin diseases (mainly hot) Where the Qi of the Channel enters a at or near the Issues with the Yang Organs and Channels deeper level to communicate with its elbows and Treats the Fu (hollow organs) pertaining organ knees disease of the stomach and irregular appetite. diseases of the skin (Yang He-Sea points only) Acupuncture Point Groupings by TCM Theory Five Shu Points - detailed theory Five Element Points - detailed theory Yin Meridians Jing-well (Wood) Ying-spring (Fire) Shu-stream (Earth) Jing-river (Metal) He-Sea (Water) LU LU 11 LU 10 LU 9 LU 8 LU 5 PC PC 9 PC 8 PC 7 PC 5 PC 3 HT HT 9 HT 8 HT 7 HT 4 HT 3 SP SP 1 SP 2 SP 3 SP 5 SP 9 LV LV 1 LV 2 LV 3 LV 4 LV 8 KD KD 1 KD 2 KD 3 KD 7 KD 10 Yang Meridians Jing-well (Metal) Ying-spring (Water) Shu-stream (Wood) Jing-river (Fire) He-Sea (Earth) LI LI 1 LI 2 LI 3 LI 5 LI 11 TH TH 1 TH 2 TH 3 TH 6 TH 10 SI SI 1 SI 2 SI 3 SI 5 SI 8 ST ST 45 ST 44 ST 43 ST 41 ST 36 GB GB 44 GB 43 GB 41 GB 38 GB 34 UB UB 67 UB 66 UB 65 UB 60 UB 40 Mother Child Lung (Metal) LU 9 LU 5 Large Intestine (Metal) LI 11 LI 2 Stomach (Earth) ST 41 ST 45 Spleen (Earth) SP 2 SP 5 Heart (Fire) HT 9 HT 7 Small Intestine (Fire) SI 3 SI 8 Urinary Bladder (Water) UB 67 UB 65 Kidney (Water) KD 7 KD 1 Pericardium (Fire) PC 9 PC 7 Triple Heater (Fire) TH 3 TH 10 Gall Bladder (Wood) GB 43 GB 38 Liver (Wood) LV 8 LV 2 Lower He Sea Points of the 6 Fu (Yang) Organs - detailed theory Yuan - Source Points - detailed theory Large Intestine ST 37 -Yang Ming- Stomach ST 36 Triple Heater UB 39 -Shao Yang- Gall Bladder GB 34 Small Intestine ST 39 -Tai Yang- Urinary Bladder UB 40 Lung LU 9 Urinary Bladder UB 64 Large Intestine LI 4 Kidney KD 3 Stomach ST 42 Pericardium PC 7 Spleen SP 3 Triple Heater TH 4 Heart HT 7 Gall Bladder GB 40 Small Intestine SI 4 Liver LV 3
3 Xi-Cleft Points - detailed theory Back Shu Points - detailed theory Lung LU 6 Urinary Bladder UB 63 Yin Qiao Vessel KD 8 Large Intestine LI 7 Kidney KD 5 Yang Qiao Vessel UB 59 Stomach ST 34 Pericardium PC 4 Yin Wei Vessel KD 9 Spleen SP 8 Triple Heater TH 7 Yang Wei Vessel GB 35 Heart HT 6 Gall Bladder GB 36 Small Intestine SI 6 Liver LV 6 Luo - Connecting Points - detailed theory Lung LU 7 Urinary Bladder UB 58 Large Intestine LI 6 Kidney KD 4 Stomach ST 40 Pericardium PC 6 Spleen SP 4 Triple Heater TH 5 Heart HT 5 Gall Bladder GB 37 Small Intestine SI 7 Liver LV 5 Lung UB 13 Urinary Bladder UB 28 Large Intestine UB 25 Kidney UB 23 Stomach UB 21 Pericardium UB 14 Spleen UB 20 Triple Heater UB 22 Heart UB 15 Gall Bladder UB 19 Small Intestine UB 27 Liver UB 18 Governing Vessel UB 16 Diaphragm UB 17 Qihai (Sea of Qi) UB 24 Guanyuan (Gate of Source) UB 26 Zhonglu (Center Back Muscles) UB 29 Baihuan (White Ring) UB 30 Gaohuang (Vital Region) UB 43 Front Mu Points - detailed theory Extraordinary Vessel - Master Coupled Points - detailed theory Lung LU 1 Urinary Bladder CV 3 Extraordinary Vessel Master Point Coupled Point Large Intestine ST 25 Kidney GB 25 Conception Vessel LU 7 KD 6 Stomach CV 12 Pericardium CV 17 Governing Vessel SI 3 UB 62 Spleen LV 13 Triple Heater CV 5 Chong Vessel SP 4 PC 6 Heart CV 14 Gall Bladder GB 24 Dai Vessel GB 41 TH 5 Small Intestine CV 4 Liver LV 14 Yin Qiao Vessel KD 6 LU 7 Hui - Meeting Points - detailed theory Yang Qiao Vessel UB 62 SI 3 Yin Wei Vessel PC 6 SP 4 Zang LV 13 Sinews GB 34 Yang Wei Vessel TH 5 GB 41 Fu CV 12 Vessels LU 9 Qi CV 17 Bones UB 11 Entry Exit Blood UB 17 Marrow GB 39 LU LU 1 LU 7 *(LU 11) Command Points - detailed theory Entry Exit Points - detailed theory LI LI 4 *(LI 1) LI 20 PC PC 1 PC 8 *(PC 9) Abdomen ST 36 TH TH 1 TH 22 *(TH 23) Lumbar Region UB 40 HT HT 1 HT 9 Head & Posterior Neck LU 7 SI SI 1 SI 19 Face & Mouth LI 4 SP SP 1 SP 21 Heart, Chest & Epigastrium PC 6 ST ST 1 ST 42 *(ST 45) Fainting & Collapse GV 26 LV LV 1 LV 14 GB GB 1 GB 41 *(GB 44) KD KD 1 KD 22 *(KD 27) UB UB 1 UB 67 The Four Seas - detailed theory Window of the Sky Points - detailed theory Sea of Qi ST 9, CV 17, GV 15, GV 14 Sea of Blood UB 11, ST 37, ST 39 Sea of Water & Grain ST 30 (upper point), ST 36 (lower point) Sea of Marrow GV 20, GV 16 From Ling Shu Ch. 21 From Ling Shu Ch. 2 Renying ST 9 Tiantu CV 22 Futu LI 18 Tianchuang SI 16 Tianyou TH 16 Tianrong SI 17 Tianzhu UB 10 Fengfu GV 16 Tianfu LU 3 Tianchi PC 1
4 Thirteen Ghost Points (from Sun Si Miao) Shokanten Points and the Nine Continent Pulses - detailed theory Point Number GV 26 GV 23 GV 16 CV 24 LU 11 LI 11 PC 7 PC 8 ST 6 SP 1 UB 62 Guifeng (Extra Point) on the underside of the tongue, one cun from the tip of the midline Essentially CV 1 originally described as Yumentou (Extra Point - Women) /Yinxiafeng (Extra Point - Men) Point Name Ghost Palace Ghost Hall Ghost Pillow Ghost Market Ghost Faith Ghost Leg Ghost Heart Ghost Cave Ghost Bed Ghost Fortress Ghost Path Ghost Seal Ghost Store Pulse Location Division Shokanten Effected Area Upper Tai Yang Tai Yang KD 12 Sides of the Head Middle TH 21 Shao Yang ST 25/KD 21 Eyes & Ears Lower ST 2 Yang Ming ST 27 Mouth & Teeth Upper LU 9 Tai Yin LV 13 Lungs Middle HT 7 Shao Yin KD 16 Heart Lower LI 4 Jue Yin LV 14/KD 19 Chest Upper LV 3 Tai Yin LV 13 Liver Middle ST 42 Shao Yin KD 16 Spleen Lower He Sea Points Theory and Applications The lower he sea points, also called the lower sea or lower uniting he points, are used to treat their respective yang organs. For example, ST 37, the lower he sea point of the LI will treat diarrhea. Four Seas Points Theory and Applications The Four Seas are point groupings which have a strong effect on their related system within the body (i.e. qi, blood, marrow, digestion). The Sea of Qi Points (ST 9, CV 17, GV 15, GV 14) effect the amount and flow of Qi (energy) within the body. A person with excess Qi may experience problems of an excess nature in the upper body (headache, red face, fullness in the chest, etc.). A person with Qi deficiency may experience problems with fatigue, weakness, shortness of breath, etc. The Sea of Blood Points (UB 11, ST 37, ST 39) effect the amount and flow of Blood (which constitutes more than the western idea of blood) within the body. Excesses in the Blood, according to the classics, may make someone feel larger than they are and make them aware of a subtle illness or imbalance within their body. Blood excess is not a primary diagnosis in TCM, whereas Blood stagnation is. Blood deficiency may lead to a variety of issues within a person such as dizziness, dryness, thinking problems, etc. Again, according to the classics, Blood deficiency may make someone feel smaller than they are, however, this doesn't seem to be a common complaint in modern clinical practice. For Blood issues, points such as UB 17, UB 18, UB 19, SP 10 and LV 8 are much more widely used. The Sea of Water and Grain Points (ST 30, ST 36) effect digestion and appetite. The Sea of Marrow Points (GV 20, GV 16) effect mental functioning and energy levels. When deficient a person may experience fatigue, tinnitus, weakness in the lower limbs, etc. Hui Meeting Points Theory and Applications The Hui Meeting Points, also called the "Eight Influential Points" or the "Gathering Points," are a special set of points which have a broad effect on their related area (i.e. qi, blood, vessels, bones, etc.). LV 13 - meeting of the yin organs, SP Mu CV 12 - meeting of the yang organs, ST Mu CV 17 - meeting of the Qi, PC Mu, moves Qi in the chest UB 17 - meeting of the Blood, builds blood, resolves stagnation a/or disperses heat in the Blood GB 34 - meeting of the sinews, resolves stiffness a/or contracture LU 9 - meeting of the Blood vessels, stimulates circulation, tonifies LU Qi, harmonizes the Qi and Blood in the chest, stops bleeding UB 11 - meeting of the bones, any bone disorder, osteoporosis GB 39 - meeting of the marrow, bone disorders, mental functioning, useful post-stroke Command Points Theory and Applications There are currently 6 commonly accepted command points used within TCM. Some texts only contain four command points as PC 6 and DM 26 were added after the original four. The Command Points are individual points that have strong and broad effects on their related part of the body. They are used to treat any imbalance in their designated areas from any etiology (hot, cold, excess, deficiency) at any stage (i.e. chronic or acute).
5 Sky Window Points Theory and Applications The Sky Window points are a set of acupuncture points drawn from the Ling Shu. Generally they are not popularly used points, although some systems of acupuncture utilize them to a greater degree than others. The basic functions of the points are to improve the flow of energy between the head and the rest of the body. The points can be used for local issues such as neck pain, but also more complex issues such as multiple sclerosis and dizziness for example. The points are used extensively within the Tom Tam Healing System for a range of conditions such as MS, Parkinsons, Brain Tumors, etc. - in essence to facilitate the smooth flow of Blood and Qi to and from the Brain. The points and their clinical indications are as follows: ST 9 - regulation of blood pressure, headaches, chest tightness LI 18 - regulation of blood pressure TH 16 - sudden deafness, vision disturbances UB 10 - neck pain, occipital headache, wind-cold invasion LU 3 - neck pain, goiters, depression, asthma, grief, coughing of blood CV 22 - throat/vocal cord issues, aphasia, asthma, chest tightness SI 16/SI 17 - throat issues, goiters GV 16 - wind-cold invasion, dizziness, tremors, headache, eye issues, aphasia PC 1 - reflux, hiccups, chest tightness, breast issues, insufficient lactation Entry Exit Points Theory and Applications The entry/exit points that are not the first or the last points on the meridian are marked with an "*" and with the first or last point within parentheses. The entry/exit points are also in red on the meridian flow diagram following the chart. Not all of the entry exit points are the first and the last points on a meridian. The exceptions are LU 7, LI 4, ST 42, KD 22, PC 8, TH 22 and GB 41. The entry exit points do not have a strong theoretical usage in modern clinical practice, however, they may be considered if you want to allow a relative excess or deficiency in one meridian to be offset by it's yin yang paired meridian. For example, if you want to drain excess from the LU and have it flow into a deficient LI you could needle LU 7 and LI 4. The Entry Exit points are used extensively in Five Element (Worsley) Style Acupuncture. Our article on Classical Five Element Acupuncture discusses the clinical usage of the entry/exit points. Shokanten Points & the Nine Continent Pulses Theory and Applications The Nine Continent Pulses may be used when the when the pulse via the radial artery offers inconclusive information. The pulses are also used to aid in the comparative analysis of meridians in the upper and lower portions of the body. The Shokanten points are often used to treat conditions arising from a psycho-emotional background. For example, the use of KD 12 when fear is an associated aspect of a child's bedwetting issues. Source Peter Deadman