Nomenclature of Acupoints

The original names of the points imply profound significance and reflect the Chinese culture. Most of the points are named according to their locations and actions by analogy.


(1) According to the anatomical term: Wangu (SI 4, Wrist Bone), Rugen (ST 18, Breast Root), Dazhui (DU 14, Big Vertebra), Xinshu (BL 15, Heart Point).
(2) According to the therapeutic effect: Guangming (GB 37, Brightness), Chengqi (ST 1, Tear Receiver), Guilai (ST 29, Return).
(3) According to the TCM theories: Yangxi (LI 5, Yang Stream), Yinxi (HT 6, Yin Aperture), Qihai (RN 6, Sea of Qi), Xuehai (SP 10, Sea of Blood), Shentang (BL 44, Spiritual Room).
(4) According to the geomorphological, astronomical, and meteorological phenomena: Hegu (LI 4, Meeting Valley), Chengshan (BL 57, Sustaining Mountain), Fengchi (GB 20, Wind Pool), Shangxin (DU 23, Upper Star), Riyue (GB 24, Sun and Moon).
(5) According to the animals and plants: Yuji (LU 10, Fish Border), Yuyao (EX-H, Fish Lumbus), Dubi (ST 35, Calf’s Nose), Zuanzhu (BL 2, Assembled Bamboo).
(6) According to others: architectural structure — Tianjing (SJ 10, Heaven’s Well), Dicang (ST 4, Earth Granary), Liangmen (ST 21, Millet Gate); utensils — Quepen (ST 12, Broken Basin); music — Shaoshang (LU 11, Lesser Shang, second note of musical scale).

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