TCM Acupuncture Theory - Xi Cleft Points

Xi Cleft

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 xi cleft 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.

Xi Cleft Points Theory and Applications

  • The Xi Cleft points, also called the accumulation points, are where the Qi and Blood of a meridian pool. They are primarily at or near the joints of the body.
  • In treatment they are used primarily for acute conditions, especially pain, that involve their related organs/channels.
  • LU 6 - acute asthma, wind heat
  • LI 7 - sore throat, face pain/swelling
  • SP 8 - blood stagnation in the uterus a/or lower abdomen
  • ST 34 - breast issues, epigastric pain
  • HT 6 - heart pain, reckless bleeding due to heat
  • SI 6 - severe pain along the SI channel
  • KD 5 - menstrual problems due to deficiency a/or blood stagnation
  • UB 63 - acute cystitis
  • PC 4 - severe chest pain, reckless bleeding due to heat
  • TH 7 - not used often clinically
  • LV 6 - acute cystitis, blood stagnation in the uterus a/or lower abdomen
  • GB 36 - painful obstruction a/or atrophy of the lower limbs
  • UB 59 - yang qiao mai, not used often clinically
  • KD 8 - yin qiao mai, menstrual irregularities
  • KD 9 - yin wei mai, severe and acute mental disorders
  • GB 35 - yang wei mai, not used often clinically

Xi Cleft Points Chart

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

There Are (16) Xi Cleft Acupuncture Points

LU 6

PC 4

  • PC 4  Xi Cleft Gate
    • Acute palpitations, angina.
    • Acute heat in the Blood, coughing or vomiting of Blood, bleeding hemorrhoids.
    • Spirit disorders typically due to Blood stasis, yin spirit problems, depression, fear of people, grief.

HT 6

SI 6

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  • SI 6  Nursing the Aged
    • Acute and Severe Pain, in the neck, shoulder a/or arms.
    • Useful point for treating elderly patients, deafness, tinnitus, failing vision, upper body/limb stiffness.
    • Overwork a/or overstrain, fatigue in the extremities.  

TH 7

  • TH 7  Convergence and Gathering
    • Local Point.

LI 7

SP 8

LV 6

  • LV 6  Central Metropolis
    • Acute hepatitis.
    • Pain along the channel, genital region or medial knee.  

KD 5

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  • KD 5  Water Spring
    • Generally nourishes Yin and Blood and moves the uterus.
    • KD related menstrual issues, amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea (pain/cramps), delayed menstruation, sensations of oppression below the heart (possibly at onset of menstruation).
    • Uterine prolapse.

KD 8

KD 9

UB 59

  • UB 59  Instep Yang
    • Acute pain a/or spasm of the Bladder a/or Yang Qiao meridians.
    • Lateral ankle sprai.

UB 63

  • UB 63  Metal Gate
    • Local Point.

ST 34

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  • ST 34  Beam Hill
    • Lateral knee issues, swelling, pain, difficult movement.
    • Pain, motor control, circulation issues of the knee and/or lower leg.
    • Excess & Acute issues of the Stomach and chest - acute Stomach pain, GERD, vomiting, acute breast pain.

GB 35

  • GB 35  Yang Intersection
    • Local Point.

GB 36

  • GB 36  Outer Hill
    • Mentioned in the Bronze Man for treating rabies w/rage, fever, convulsions - moxa 3 cones after bite.
    • Acute cholecystitis.
    • Acute painful skin conditions

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