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)
LULU 11LU 10LU 9LU 8LU 5
PCPC 9PC 8PC 7PC 5PC 3
HTHT 9HT 8HT 7HT 4HT 3
SPSP 1SP 2SP 3SP 5SP 9
LVLV 1LV 2LV 3LV 4LV 8
KDKD 1KD 2KD 3KD 7KD 10
Yang Meridians
Jing-well
(Metal)
Ying-spring
(Water)
Shu-stream
(Wood)
Jing-river
(Fire)
He-Sea
(Earth)
LILI 1LI 2LI 3LI 5LI 11
THTH 1TH 2TH 3TH 6TH 10
SISI 1SI 2SI 3SI 5SI 8
STST 45ST 44ST 43ST 41ST 36
GBGB 44GB 43GB 41GB 38GB 34
UBUB 67UB 66UB 65UB 60UB 40

 

¤ Five Element Points - Follow link for more detailed theory

 

 
Mother
Child
Lung (Metal)LU 9LU 5
Large Intestine (Metal)LI 11LI 2
Stomach (Earth)ST 41ST 45
Spleen (Earth)SP 2SP 5
Heart (Fire)HT 9HT 7
Small Intestine (Fire)SI 3SI 8
Urinary Bladder (Water)UB 67UB 65
Kidney (Water)KD 7KD 1
Pericardium (Fire)PC 9PC 7
Triple Heater (Fire)TH 3TH 10
Gall Bladder (Wood)GB 43GB 38
Liver (Wood)LV 8LV 2

 

¤ Lower He Sea Points of the 6 Fu (Yang) Organs - Follow link for more detailed theory

 

Large IntestineST 37
-Yang Ming-
StomachST 36
Triple HeaterUB 39
-Shao Yang-
Gall BladderGB 34
Small IntestineST 39
-Tai Yang-
Urinary BladderUB 40

 

¤ Xi-Cleft Points - Follow link for more detailed theory

 

LungLU 6Urinary BladderUB 63Yin Qiao VesselKD 8
Large IntestineLI 7KidneyKD 5Yang Qiao VesselUB 59
StomachST 34PericardiumPC 4Yin Wei VesselKD 9
SpleenSP 8Triple HeaterTH 7Yang Wei VesselGB 35
HeartHT 6Gall BladderGB 36  
Small IntestineSI 6LiverLV 6  

 

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

 

LungLU 9Urinary BladderUB 64
Large IntestineLI 4KidneyKD 3
StomachST 42PericardiumPC 7
SpleenSP 3Triple HeaterTH 4
HeartHT 7Gall BladderGB 40
Small IntestineSI 4LiverLV 3

 

¤ Luo - Connecting Points - Follow link for more detailed theory

 

LungLU 7Urinary BladderUB 58
Large IntestineLI 6KidneyKD 4
StomachST 40PericardiumPC 6
SpleenSP 4Triple HeaterTH 5
HeartHT 5Gall BladderGB 37
Small IntestineSI 7LiverLV 5

 

¤ Back Shu Points - Follow link for more detailed theory

 

LungUB 13Urinary BladderUB 28
Large IntestineUB 25KidneyUB 23
StomachUB 21PericardiumUB 14
SpleenUB 20Triple HeaterUB 22
HeartUB 15Gall BladderUB 19
Small IntestineUB 27LiverUB 18
Governing VesselUB 16DiaphragmUB 17
Qihai (Sea of Qi)UB 24Guanyuan (Gate of Source)UB 26
Zhonglu (Center Back Muscles)UB 29Baihuan (White Ring)UB 30
Gaohuang (Vital Region)UB 43  

 

¤ Front Mu Points - Follow link for more detailed theory

 

LungLU 1Urinary BladderCV 3
Large IntestineST 25KidneyGB 25
StomachCV 12PericardiumCV 17
SpleenLV 13Triple HeaterCV 5
HeartCV 14Gall BladderGB 24
Small IntestineCV 4LiverLV 14

 

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

 

ZangLV 13SinewsGB 34
FuCV 12VesselsLU 9
QiCV 17BonesUB 11
BloodUB 17MarrowGB 39

 

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

 

Extraordinary Vessel
Master Point
Coupled Point
Conception VesselLU 7KD 6
Governing VesselSI 3UB 62
Chong VesselSP 4PC 6
Dai VesselGB 41TH 5
Yin Qiao VesselKD 6LU 7
Yang Qiao VesselUB 62SI 3
Yin Wei VesselPC 6SP 4
Yang Wei VesselTH 5GB 41

 

¤ Command Points - Follow link for more detailed theory

 

AbdomenST 36
Lumbar RegionUB 40
Head & Posterior NeckLU 7
Face & MouthLI 4
Heart, Chest & EpigastriumPC 6
Fainting & CollapseGV 26

 

¤ The Four Seas - Follow link for more detailed theory

 

Sea of QiST 9, CV 17, GV 15, GV 14
Sea of BloodUB 11, ST 37, ST 39
Sea of Water & GrainST 30 (upper point), ST 36 (lower point)
Sea of MarrowGV 20, GV 16

 

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

 

From Ling Shu
Ch. 21
From Ling Shu
Ch. 2
RenyingST 9TiantuCV 22
FutuLI 18TianchuangSI 16
TianyouTH 16TianrongSI 17
TianzhuUB 10FengfuGV 16
TianfuLU 3TianchiPC 1

 

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

 

Point Number
Point Name
GV 26Ghost Palace
GV 23Ghost Hall
GV 16Ghost Pillow
CV 24Ghost Market
LU 11Ghost Faith
LI 11Ghost Leg
PC 7Ghost Heart
PC 8Ghost Cave
ST 6Ghost Bed
SP 1Ghost Fortress
UB 62Ghost 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.

 

 

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

 

 

 
Pulse Location
Division
Shokanten
Effected Area
UpperTai YangTai YangKD 12Sides of the Head
MiddleTH 21Shao YangST 25/KD 21Eyes & Ears
LowerST 2Yang MingST 27Mouth & Teeth
UpperLU 9Tai YinLV 13Lungs
MiddleHT 7Shao YinKD 16Heart
LowerLI 4Jue YinLV 14/KD 19Chest
UpperLV 3Tai YinLV 13Liver
MiddleST 42Shao YinKD 16Spleen



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