Point Theory

Acupuncture Points Chart
 

 

SP

LV

KD

HT

PC

LU

SJ

LI

SI

UB

ST

GB

Jing-Well

1

1

1

9

9

11

1

1

1

67

45

44

Ying-Spring

2

2

2

8

8

10

2

2

2

66

44

43

Shu-Stream

3

3

3

7

7

9

3

3

3

65

43

41

Jing-River

5

4

7

4

5

8

6

5

5

60

41

38

He-sea

9

8

10

3

3

5

10

11

8

40

36

34

Luo-Connect

4

5

4

5

6

7

5

6

7

58

40

37

Xi-Cleft

8

6

5

6

4

6

7

7

6

63

34

36

Yuan-Source

3

3

3

7

7

9

4

4

4

64

42

40

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Luo (Connecting) Points
This is the point where a meridian splits off and connects with its interiorly-exteriorly 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.

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.

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

Ren LU7

Du SI3

Dai GB41

Yin Wei PC6

Yin Qiao KD6

Yang Qiao UB62

Yang Wei SJ5


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 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.

LU UB13

PC UB14

HT UB15

LV UB18

GB UB19

SP UB20

ST UB21

SJ UB22

KD UB23

LI UB25

SI UB27

UB UB28

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

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

Fu Organs RN12

Bones UB11

Tendons GB34

Vessels LU9

Marrow GB39

Blood UB17

Qi RN17

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

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.

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

Leg Yin SP6

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

Severe headache, chest fullness, and dyspnea (painful breathing).

LI 18

Inability to speak.

SJ 16

Acute deafness, visual problems.

UB10

Severe spasms in the muscles, vertigo.

LU 3

Nose bleeding, extreme thirst, and other bleeding disorders.

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

LU1

LI4

ST1

SP1

HT1

SI1

UB1

KD1

PC1

SJ1

GB1

LV1

Exit

LU7

LI20

ST42

SP21

HT9

SI19

UB67

KD22

PC8

SJ22

GB41

LV14

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