Acupuncture Point: Spleen 9 (SP 9) 4.87/5 (105)

Spleen 9 (SP 9) is a powerful point. It’s main function in Chinese medicine is to resolve “dampness”.  Dampness is not a normal diagnostic term used in western medicine, but it is actually quite simple to understand. When the Spleen and the Stomach channels are working together digestion runs smoothly, water and nutrients are well absorbed, and the the body metabolizes food intake well.

When these two organs are not working in harmony, a phenomena known as “dampness” occurs. Excess water within the system doesn’t move well and the patient experiences symptoms such as edema, swelling, bloating, gas, diarrhea or constipation, brain fog, sluggishness, difficulty with urination, and aching in the limbs.

This point will be very tender to touch when the patient is experiencing symptoms of “dampness”.  It’s a great point for self diagnosis and wellness care. Daily stimulation of Spleen 9 will help jump start the digestive system. Often times practitioners will also combine Spleen 6 and Stomach 36 with Spleen 9 for for a beautiful digestive wellness treatment.

The following information is from the Points Acupuncture Reference Software:

Spleen 9 Description and Info

Acupuncture Point SP 9

Acupuncture Point: Spleen 9 (SP 9, SP9)Chinese Name: YinlingquanEnglish Name: Yin Mound SpringLocation: Under the medial condyle of the tibia, in the depression posterior and inferior to the medial border of the tibia.Attributes: He-Sea and Water point of the Spleen channel.TCM Actions: Warms and moves the central burner; regulates the spleen; transforms damp; regulates the waterways; dispels wind-cold.


Indications: Abdominal distention; Water swelling; jaundice; diarrhea; inhibited urination or incontinence; genital pain; seminal emission; knee pain.Secondary Indications: Cold in the abdomen; Qi distention in the abdomen; throughflux diarrhea with undigested food in the stool; no desire for food; inhibited urination or incontinence; genital pain; seminal emission; bi pain; pain in the lumbus, thigh and knee; foot Qi with Water swelling; shan conglomeration.Needle Information: Perpendicular insertion .5 – 1.0 cun. Moxibustion is applicable.

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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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