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Acupuncture Points - Stomach 36

Chinese Name: Zusanli (English translation: Leg Three Miles)

Location:  On the anterior aspect of the lower leg, 3 cun below ST 35, one finger-breadth (middle finger) from the anterior crest of the tibia.

Classification: He-Sea point of the Stomach Meridian
Command point of the Abdomen
Point of the Sea of Water and Grain

Indications:

  • Gastric pain, vomiting, dysphagia, abdominal distention, borborygmus, diarrhea, indigestion, dysentery, constipation, abdominal pain, acute mastitis
  • Emaciation due to general deficiency, palpitation, shortness of breath, poor appetite, lassitude, dizziness, insomnia
  • Cough and asthma
  • Pain in the knee joint, apoplexy, hemiplegia, beriberi, edema
  • Depressive psychosis and madness

Functions: Tonifies Qi and Blood, harmonizes and strengthens the Spleen and Stomach, strengthens the body and Wei qi, raises Yang, calms the Shen, activates the meridian, stops pain.

Notes: ST 36 is known as one of the most important points to tonify Qi and Blood and promote general wellness. He-Sea points are where the qi of the meridian collects and goes deep into the body. He-sea points are known to indicated treat rebellious qi and diarrhea.

Needling: Perpendicular insertion 1.0 - 2.0 cun.

 

 


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