The SP Meridian - Functions Chart

The SP Meridian

Below you will find clinical usage information for all points along the (SP) Spleen Meridian . You may click on a specific acupuncture point for more detailed information including the location, clinical usages, and related patterns and conditions.

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There Are 21 Points Along The (SP) Spleen Meridian ...

The SP Meridian Functions Chart

SP 1 Hidden White


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  • Any Bleeding Issues, esp. from SP Deficiency - reckless bleeding, hemorrhage, blood in the urine/stools.
  • Emotional issues esp. with aspects of worry - worried dreams, depression.
  • Possibly useful for eating disorders originating from stress/worry.

SP 2 Great Metropolis


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  • Generally used to clear damp-heat - gout, painful obstructions.
  • Local point for issues with the big toe.
  • With SP 3 tonify SP organ - abdominal distention, diarrhea and/or heart pain.

SP 3 Supreme White


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  • SP Qi and Yang Deficiency, especially those with excess pathologies - abdominal a/or epigastric pain, digestive issues, heart pain.
  • Muscle atrophy in the lower legs, heaviness in the body.
  • Main treatment point of Lung Sho pattern (with LU 9) - in Japanese style Five Phase treatment protocol. Also the main point of Spleen Sho pattern (with PC 7).

SP 4 Yellow Emperor


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  • Excess pathologies of the ST and Intestines - severe abdominal a/or epigastric pain, dysentery, food poisoning.
  • Gynecological and Abdominal issues due to stagnation of Qi and Blood - masses, fibroids, cysts, irregular menstruation.
  • With PC 6 for chest and heart pain, shen disorders, sighing, anxiety, insomnia, nervousness.

SP 5 Shang Hill


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  • Tonifies the spleen and resolves dampness - lethargy, desire to lie down, abdominal distention.
  • Calms the spirit - manic depression, anxiety, excessive thinking.
  • Speech disorders, stiffness at root of tongue.

SP 6 Three Yin Intersection


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  • Tonify Yin and Blood, all Spleen disorders.
  • Digestive disorders, sinking/prolapse.
  • Gynecological issues, male sexual issues, difficult labor (expel fetus).
  • Menstrual issues (irregular, amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea).
  • Bleeding disorders, uterine bleeding, cool blood in hot skin diseases.
  • Insomnia, palpitations, and other anxiety related emotions.
  • Dizziness, hypertension.

SP 7 Leaking Valley


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  • Local point.
  • Continued muscle atrophy in the presence of adequate nutrition.
  • Promotes urination - difficult urination.
  • Resolves dampness - lower body swelling, ankle, knee.

SP 8 Earth's Crux


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  • Xi Cleft Point - acute and painful menstrual issues due to Blood stagnation - clotting, fibroids, dysmenorrhea, irregular menstruation.
  • Male infertility - seminal emission, depleted essence.

SP 9 Yin Mound Spring


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  • He Sea point - drains dampness (generally through urination), LV 8 will drain damp from the genital region and SP 9 will drain damp from the lower warmer.
  • Chronic yeast infections, candida.
  • Damp Bi, Medial Knee Pain.
  • Issues involving damp-heat in the GB - hepatitis, jaundice.
  • Tong Ren/Tam Healing System: Any water issue in the body (bloating, swelling, urinary issues, dry mouth, etc.).

SP 10 Sea of Blood


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  • Any Gynecological issues originating from Blood, Heat, Stasis a/or Deficiency - irregular menstruation, dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, cramping, lin disorders, PMS, uterine bleeding.
  • Skin problems from damp-heat or hot Blood - eczema, painful/hot sores.
  • Genital issues - pain/swelling/itching of the scrotum/genitals.
  • Tong Ren/Tam Healing System: Any blood issues, although the huatuo of T1 and T7 are used more often.

SP 11 Winnower Gate


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  • Used for a variety of urinary issues related to a collection of dampness/damp-heat - difficult urination/obstruction, retention of urine.
  • Swelling in the groin, pain/itching of the external genitalia.

SP 12 Surging Gate


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  • Used for a variety of urinary disorders (retention, painful) due to it's functions of draining dampness, clearing heat and regulating urination.
  • Abdominal pain, hernia, hemorrhoids by regulating qi and invigorating blood.

SP 13 Bowel Abode


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  • Abdominal pain, abdominal masses (fibroids, cysts, etc.), hernia, thigh pain - regulates the liver, qi, and alleviates pain.

SP 14 Abdominal Bind


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  • Warms the middle warmer and dissipates cold for lower abdominal pain, diarrhea (from cold), abdominal pain, constipation.
  • Resolves counterflow qi - can be used to subdue fright (i.e. panic attacks) from counterflow qi disrupting the heart and/or cough from counterflow qi disrupting the lung.

SP 15 Great Horizontal


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  • Regulate the Qi of the Intestines - constipation, diarrhea (ST 25 better for diarrhea), abdominal pain and distention.

SP 16 Abdominal Lament


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  • Aids intestinal issues by clearing heat in the intestines and resolving dampness - as well as generally moving the intestines.
  • Noted for undigested food in the stool.
  • Abdominal pain, dysentery, blood in the stool.

SP 17 Food Hole


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  • Promotes smooth spleen qi (digestion), moves water stagnation - fullness of the chest and/or lateral costal region, abdominal distention perhaps with water swelling, belching, vomiting after eating, boborygmus.

SP 18 Celestial Ravine


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  • Descends qi - chest oppression, shortness of breath, cough, hiccup, running piglet disorder.
  • Opens the chest and circulation in the breasts - breast pain, insufficient lactation.

SP 19 Chest Village


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  • Aids the descent of lung qi - cough.
  • Regulate lung qi - shortness of breath, chest oppression.

SP 20 All-Round Flourishing


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  • Aids the descent of lung qi - cough, shortness of breath, chest oppression.
  • Noted for difficulty in ingesting foods.

SP 21 Great Embracement


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  • Mentioned classically that when this point is deficient, all the joints are flaccid, and when excess, pain all over the body.
  • Pain of the thoracic region.
  • Descends lung qi - cough, chest oppression, shortness of breath.

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