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Acupuncture Point Groupings by TCM Theory


Five Shu Points - detailed theory

Acupuncture Point Theoretical Groupings: Five Shu Points Five Element Points Lower He Sea Points Xi Cleft Points Yuan Source Points Luo Connecting Points Back Shu Points Front Mu Points Hui Meeting Points Extraordinary Vessel Master Coupled Points Command Points Four Seas Points Sky Window Points Thirteen Ghost Points Entry Exit Points Shokanten Points Additional Theory Related Resources Discussions: Discuss Acupuncture Theory

Yin Meridians LU PC HT SP LV KD Yang Meridians LI TH

Jing-well Ying-spring Shu-stream Jing-river He-Sea (Wood) (Fire) (Earth) (Metal) (Water) LU 11 PC 9 HT 9 SP 1 LV 1 KD 1 LU 10 PC 8 HT 8 SP 2 LV 2 KD 2 LU 9 PC 7 HT 7 SP 3 LV 3 KD 3 LU 8 PC 5 HT 4 SP 5 LV 4 KD 7 LU 5 PC 3 HT 3 SP 9 LV 8 KD 10

Jing-well Ying-spring Shu-stream Jing-river He-Sea (Metal) (Water) (Wood) (Fire) (Earth) LI 1 TH 1 LI 2 TH 2 LI 3 TH 3 LI 5 TH 6 LI 11 TH 10

SI ST GB UB

SI 1 ST 45 GB 44 UB 67

SI 2 ST 44 GB 43 UB 66

SI 3 ST 43 GB 41 UB 65

SI 5 ST 41 GB 38 UB 60

SI 8 ST 36 GB 34 UB 40

Five Element Points - detailed theory

Mother Lung (Metal) Large Intestine (Metal) Stomach (Earth) Spleen (Earth) Heart (Fire) Small Intestine (Fire) Urinary Bladder (Water) Kidney (Water) Pericardium (Fire) Triple Heater (Fire) Gall Bladder (Wood) Liver (Wood) LU 9 LI 11 ST 41 SP 2 HT 9 SI 3 UB 67 KD 7 PC 9 TH 3 GB 43 LV 8

Child LU 5 LI 2 ST 45 SP 5 HT 7 SI 8 UB 65 KD 1 PC 7 TH 10 GB 38 LV 2

Lower He Sea Points of the 6 Fu (Yang) Organs - detailed theory

Large Intestine ST 37 -Yang MingTriple Heater UB 39 -Shao Yang-Tai YangSmall Intestine ST 39

Stomach Gall Bladder

ST 36 GB 34

Urinary Bladder UB 40

Xi-Cleft Points - detailed theory

Lung Large Intestine Stomach Spleen Heart Small Intestine

LU 6 LI 7 ST 34 SP 8 HT 6 SI 6

Urinary Bladder Kidney Pericardium Triple Heater Gall Bladder Liver

UB 63 KD 5 PC 4

Yin Qiao Vessel KD 8 Yang Qiao Vessel Yin Wei Vessel UB 59 KD 9 GB 35

TH 7 Yang Wei Vessel GB 36 LV 6

Yuan - Source Points - detailed theory

Lung Large Intestine Stomach Spleen Heart Small Intestine

LU 9 LI 4 ST 42 SP 3 HT 7 SI 4

Urinary Bladder Kidney Pericardium Triple Heater Gall Bladder Liver

UB 64 KD 3 PC 7 TH 4 GB 40 LV 3

Luo - Connecting Points - detailed theory

Lung Large Intestine Stomach Spleen Heart Small Intestine

LU 7 LI 6 ST 40 SP 4 HT 5 SI 7

Urinary Bladder Kidney Pericardium Triple Heater Gall Bladder Liver

UB 58 KD 4 PC 6 TH 5 GB 37 LV 5

Back Shu Points - detailed theory

Lung Large Intestine Stomach Spleen Heart Small Intestine Governing Vessel Qihai (Sea of Qi) Zhonglu (Center Back Muscles) Gaohuang (Vital Region)

UB 13 UB 25 UB 21 UB 20 UB 15 UB 27 UB 16 UB 24 UB 29 UB 43

Urinary Bladder Kidney Pericardium Triple Heater Gall Bladder Liver Diaphragm Guanyuan (Gate of Source) Baihuan (White Ring)

UB 28 UB 23 UB 14 UB 22 UB 19 UB 18 UB 17 UB 26 UB 30

Front Mu Points - detailed theory

Lung Large Intestine Stomach Spleen Heart Small Intestine

LU 1 ST 25 CV 12 LV 13 CV 14 CV 4

Urinary Bladder Kidney Pericardium Triple Heater Gall Bladder Liver

CV 3 GB 25 CV 17 CV 5 GB 24 LV 14

Hui - Meeting Points - detailed theory

Zang Fu Qi Blood

LV 13 CV 12 CV 17 UB 17

Sinews Vessels Bones Marrow

GB 34 LU 9 UB 11 GB 39

Extraordinary Vessel - Master Coupled Points - detailed theory

Extraordinary Vessel Conception Vessel Governing Vessel Chong Vessel Dai Vessel Yin Qiao Vessel Yang Qiao Vessel Yin Wei Vessel Yang Wei Vessel

Master Point LU 7 SI 3 SP 4 GB 41 KD 6 UB 62 PC 6 TH 5

Coupled Point KD 6 UB 62 PC 6 TH 5 LU 7 SI 3 SP 4 GB 41

Command Points - detailed theory

Abdomen Lumbar Region Head & Posterior Neck Face & Mouth Heart, Chest & Epigastrium Fainting & Collapse

ST 36 UB 40 LU 7 LI 4 PC 6 GV 26

The Four Seas - detailed theory

Sea of Qi Sea of Blood Sea of Water & Grain Sea of Marrow

ST 9, CV 17, GV 15, GV 14 UB 11, ST 37, ST 39 ST 30 (upper point), ST 36 (lower point) GV 20, GV 16

Window of the Sky Points - detailed theory

From Ling Shu Renying Futu Tianyou Tianzhu Tianfu

Ch. 21 ST 9 LI 18 TH 16 UB 10 LU 3

From Ling Shu Tiantu Tianchuang Tianrong Fengfu Tianchi

Ch. 2 CV 22 SI 16 SI 17 GV 16 PC 1

Thirteen Ghost Points (from Sun Si Miao)

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

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

the tongue, one cun from the tip of the midline Essentially CV 1 originally described as Yumentou (Extra Point - Women) /Yinxiafeng (Extra Point - Men) Ghost Store

Entry Exit Points - detailed theory 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.

Entry LU LI PC TH HT SI SP ST LV GB KD UB LU 1 LI 4 *(LI 1) PC 1 TH 1 HT 1 SI 1 SP 1 ST 1 LV 1 GB 1 KD 1 UB 1

Exit LU 7 *(LU 11) LI 20 PC 8 *(PC 9) TH 22 *(TH 23) HT 9 SI 19 SP 21 ST 42 *(ST 45) LV 14 GB 41 *(GB 44) KD 22 *(KD 27) UB 67

Shokanten Points and the Nine Continent Pulses - detailed theory

Pulse Location Upper Tai Yang

Division Tai Yang

Shokanten KD 12

Effected Area Sides of the Head

Middle Lower Upper Middle Lower Upper Middle

TH 21 ST 2 LU 9 HT 7 LI 4 LV 3 ST 42

Shao Yang ST 25/KD 21 Yang Ming Tai Yin Shao Yin Jue Yin Tai Yin Shao Yin ST 27 LV 13 KD 16 LV 14/KD 19 LV 13 KD 16

Eyes & Ears Mouth & Teeth Lungs Heart Chest Liver Spleen