Acupuncture Point: Spleen 6

Spleen 6 is one of the most often used points during an acupuncture treatment. One of the reason it is so dynamic is because the Spleen, Liver and Kidney channels all cross at Spleen 6. If you want to add a lot of impact to an acupuncture treatment, Spleen 6 is the point to use. You can treat all symptoms related to digestion, menstruation, and menopause this point.

I like to teach patients how to find this point because it is really helpful to use at home for family members of all ages. It’s pretty easy to find, and it doesn’t matter how short or tall your patient is. It’s four finger widths above the inner ankle. So, if your patient has tiny little hands, its the width of their four tiny little fingers. If your patient is huge and tall, use their four big huge fingers as the measurement. You’ll know when you find it, because your finger will fall into a little divot and the point will be tender.

Everyone should know about Spleen 6. It’s the GREATEST acupuncture point EVER!

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The following information is from the Points Acupuncture Reference Software:

Acupuncture Point: Spleen 6 (SP 6, SP6)

Chinese Name: Sanyinjia

English Name: Three Yin Intersection

Location: 3 cun directly superior to the tip of the medial malleolus on the posterior border of the tibia.

Attributes: Meeting point of the Spleen, Liver, and Kidney channels. Group Lou point for the 3 leg yin.

TCM Actions: Supplements spleen earth; helps movement and transformation; frees Qi stagnation; courses the lower burner; regulates the blood chamber and the palace of essence; dispels wind-damp from the channels and connecting vessels.

Indications: Rumbling intestines; abdominal distention; thin stool with untransformed digestate; irregular menses; metrorrhagia; vaginal discharge; prolapse of the uterus; menstrual block; non-conception; difficult labor; semSP6-lineinal emission; genital pain; hernia; inhibited urination; enuresis; loss of locomotive ability of the lower extremities; insomnia.

Secondary Indications: No thought of food or drink; untransformed digestate; vomiting Water after eating; splenic disease with heaviness of the body and impaired movement of the limbs; women’s concretions and conglomerations; stirring of the fetus; retention of lochia; blood dizziness; pain in the penis; white turbid urethral discharge; shan pain; shank sores and foot qi; infant disruption; counterflow frigidity of the limbs; thigh bi with inability to walk; medial knee pain; diseases of the head; throat bi; fullness in the neck; pulmonary distention with phlegm cough and inability to lie down.

Needle Information: Perpendicular insertion .5 – 1.0 cun. Moxibustion is applicable.

Cautions: Contra-indicated during pregnancy.

 

 

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Dr. Adrian Larsen

Adrian P. Larsen, D.C., F.A.S.A., C.Ac. Dr. Larsen is President of Miridia Technology Inc., and one of the developers of the AcuGraph Digital Meridian Imaging system. He currently divides his time between research, product development, and teaching. Dr. Larsen also holds certifications in Applied Kinesiology and CPK, and has specialized training in SOT and craniopathy. He, his wife, and 7 children reside in Meridian, Idaho.

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