MuShu Theory and Applications

MuShu

Traditional Chinese Medicine utilizies 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.

Below you find information regarding the back shu and front mu points. See our Acupuncture Point Categories section for a complete list of point categories.

For complete information about a single point, click on it within the chart.

Front Mu Points Theory and Applications

  • Used primarily to treat their related organ a/or for problems in the local area.
  • Used diagnostically as they often become sore when their related organ is imbalanced.
  • Considered more for acute a/or local problems of the organs.
  • Some historical texts point more to their usage as treating imbalances within the yang organs, while the Back Shu points will treat imbalances within the yin organs.

Front Mu Points Chart - (Point Details)

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

Back Shu Points Theory and Applications

  • Used primarily to treat their related organ, especially with chronic conditions.
  • May be used for problems in the local area.
  • Used diagnostically as they often become sore when their related organ is imbalanced.
  • Some historical texts point more to their usage as treating imbalances within the yin organs, while the Front Mu points will treat imbalances within the yang organs.

Back Shu Points Chart - (Point Details)

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

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