Theory

Acupuncture Point Categories: Yuan, Luo, Shu...


Traditional Chinese Medicine utilizes a number of theories which group acupuncture points together based on their functions and/or other relationships. Many of these theories are important in a clinical setting and are used, along with other theory and diagnostic information, to decide which acupuncture points will be used for a given condition.


For complete information about a single point, click on it within the chart. For more information about a category, click on the "detailed theory" link

Acupuncture Point Groupings by TCM Theory

¤ Five Shu Points - Follow link for more 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

 

¤ Five Element Points - Follow link for more detailed theory

 

 
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 - Follow link for more 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

 

¤ Xi-Cleft Points - Follow link for more 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    

 

¤ Yuan - Source Points - Follow link for more detailed theory

 

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

 

¤ Luo - Connecting Points - Follow link for more 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

 

¤ Back Shu Points - Follow link for more detailed theory

 

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 - Follow link for more detailed theory

 

Lung LU 1 Urinary Bladder CV 3
Large Intestine ST 25 Kidney GB 25
Stomach CV 12 Pericardium CV 17
Spleen LV 13 Triple Heater CV 5
Heart CV 14 Gall Bladder GB 24
Small Intestine CV 4 Liver LV 14

 

¤ Hui - Meeting Points - Follow link for more detailed theory

 

Zang LV 13 Sinews GB 34
Fu CV 12 Vessels LU 9
Qi CV 17 Bones UB 11
Blood UB 17 Marrow GB 39

 

¤ Extraordinary Vessel - Master Coupled Points - Follow link for more detailed theory

 

Extraordinary Vessel
Master Point
Coupled Point
Conception Vessel LU 7 KD 6
Governing Vessel SI 3 UB 62
Chong Vessel SP 4 PC 6
Dai Vessel GB 41 TH 5
Yin Qiao Vessel KD 6 LU 7
Yang Qiao Vessel UB 62 SI 3
Yin Wei Vessel PC 6 SP 4
Yang Wei Vessel TH 5 GB 41

 

¤ Command Points - Follow link for more detailed theory

 

Abdomen ST 36
Lumbar Region UB 40
Head & Posterior Neck LU 7
Face & Mouth LI 4
Heart, Chest & Epigastrium PC 6
Fainting & Collapse GV 26

 

¤ The Four Seas - Follow link for more 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

 

¤ Window of the Sky Points - Follow link for more detailed theory

 

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

 

¤ Thirteen Ghost Points (from Sun Si Miao) - Detailed Theory

 

Point Number
Point Name
GV 26 Ghost Palace
GV 23 Ghost Hall
GV 16 Ghost Pillow
CV 24 Ghost Market
LU 11 Ghost Faith
LI 11 Ghost Leg
PC 7 Ghost Heart
PC 8 Ghost Cave
ST 6 Ghost Bed
SP 1 Ghost Fortress
UB 62 Ghost Path
Guifeng (Extra Point)
on the underside of
the tongue, one cun from
the tip of the midline
Ghost Seal
Essentially CV 1
originally described as
Yumentou (Extra Point - Women)
/Yinxiafeng (Extra Point - Men)
Ghost Store

 

¤ Entry Exit Points - Follow link for more 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
Exit
LU LU 1 LU 7 *(LU 11)
LI LI 4 *(LI 1) LI 20
PC PC 1 PC 8 *(PC 9)
TH TH 1 TH 22 *(TH 23)
HT HT 1 HT 9
SI SI 1 SI 19
SP SP 1 SP 21
ST ST 1 ST 42 *(ST 45)
LV LV 1 LV 14
GB GB 1 GB 41 *(GB 44)
KD KD 1 KD 22 *(KD 27)
UB UB 1 UB 67

 

¤ Shokanten Points and the Nine Continent Pulses - Follow link for more detailed theory

 

 

 
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



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