Top 12 Wellness (Maintenance) Acupuncture Points – Part 1

February 15, 2015 Trisha Han AcupunctureSelf-Help TopicsWellness & Prevention

These days wellness acupuncture is becoming more and more popular. It’s also called “maintenance acupuncture”. These types of treatments are nicknamed ‘tune-ups’. Just as we get regular maintenance on our cars, our body needs regular maintenance to keep it healthy, too. A good oriental doctor can see subtle signs of disease processes and can often address these issues in a few number of treatments, thus avoiding the development of more serious health problems that require long time to treat. These preventative care visits are especially important for patients with long-standing, chronic conditions that tend to recur.  I personally have some “patients” who are generally healthy but regularly come to me to maintain their good heath or to prevent their old problems from coming back. These “patients” originally came to me to fix certain problems. After the problems were fixed, they decided to come back to get regular maintenance. Many other patients find regular maintenance treatments beneficial for their health.

In maintenance acupuncture, there are twelve (12) major points that I recommend for nearly all patients.  These points are multifunctional and extremely beneficial, and I highly recommend that you ask your local practitioner about them next time you are in the clinic.  Here, we’ll talk about the first six (6) points and give you a brief summary of about where they are located and what they are used for:

1) Yin Ling Quan (also Spleen 9 or Yin Mound Spring)

Point Summary:  Located along the spleen meridian, this point is responsible for regulating the water passages of the body, the stomach and spleen, and the Lower Burner (a system which includes the liver, intestines, kidney and bladder).  It is also a major point in regulating blood, especially blood production. In general, the Yin Ling Quan point dispels dampness, acts as a diuretic, and regulates associated organ functions.

Use this Point When You Have: Abdominal Distention, Abdominal Pain , Diarrhea,Edema, Genital Pain, Intestinal Disorders, Jaundice,  Knee Disorders, Leg Pain, Lumbar Pain, Irregular Period,  Nephritis (Kidney Inflammation), Urinary Dysfunction, Urinary IncontinenceUrinary Tract Infection, Urine Retention, Heavy Body, Palpitations 

2) Yang Ling Quan (also Gall Bladder 34 or Yang Mound Spring)


Point Summary:  Located along the Gallbladder Meridian, this point is generally a point for relieving pain. It is especially effective on the tendons and joints, and is responsible for dispelling damp heat in the liver and gallbladder and promoting the flow of Liver Qi.

Use This Point When You Have:  Bitter Taste in the Mouth, Chest Discomfort, Constipation, Facial Edema, Gastric Disorders, Hemiplegia, Shoulder Pain, Hypertension, Jaundice, Knee Disorders, Leg Muscle Atrophy, Leg Numbness or Pain, Leg Paralysis, Liver Disorders, Sciatica, Throat Constriction, Urinary Incontinence, Vomiting

3) Gong Sun (also Spleen 4 or Yellow Emperor)

Point Summary: Located along the spleen meridian, this point regulates the spleen, Qi, and the Middle Burner (Spleen and Stomach).  The Gong Sun point is primarily responsible for dispelling dampness in the body, opening the chest, calming the spirits and promoting heart health and blood flow.

Use This Point When You Have: Fullness in Chest, Abdominal Distention, Abdominal Pain, Borborygmus, Diarrhea , Digestive Disturbances, Endometriosis, Intestinal Disorders, Jaundice, Menses Irregular, Mental Disorders, Stomach Pain, Vomiting

4) Nei Guan (also Pericardium 6 or Inner Pass)

Point Summary: Located on the Pericardium Meridian (the pericardium is the protective sac that encloses the heart), this point is responsible for unbinding the chest, regulating the heart, harmonizing the stomach, and calming the spirits. It is used for alleviating nausea and vomiting and for clearing excess heat in the body.

Use This Point When You Have: Abdominal Fullness, Abdominal Pain, Arm Contraction, Arm Pain, Asthma, Cardiac Arrhythmia, Cardiac Conditions, Cardiac Pain, Chest Discomfort, Chest Pain, Elbow Problems,  Fever, Headache Migraine, Lower Abdominal Pain, Hysteria,  Insomnia, Jaundice, Malaria, Memory Impairment, Irregular Menses,  Mental Disorders, Metabolic Disturbances, Nausea , Palpitations, Carpal Tunnel, Seizures, Stomach Pain, Surgical Pain Or Post Surgical Shock, Vomiting, Windstroke

5) Tai Yuan (Also Lung 9 or Supreme Abyss)


Point Summary: Located on the Lung Meridian, the Tai Yuan point tonifies the lungs, promotes lung function, transforms dry, damp or scanty phlegm, and alleviates pain. Most useful for lung deficiencies chronic conditions, it is also an influential point for regulating pulse.

Use This Point When You Have: Asthma, Chest Pain, Cough, Coughing Blood, Eye Disorders, Forearm Medial Pain, Headache, Palpitations, Respiratory Disorders, Throat Soreness, Toothache, Wrist Joint Soft Tissue Diseases, Wrist Pain

6) Zu San Li (also Stomach 36 or Leg Three Li)


Point Summary: Located along the Stomach Meridian, this point is best known for harmonizing the stomach, regulating the spleen, and balancing Qi.  It is a highly multifunctional point, and can revive Yang, cool fire, revive consciousness, drain dampness, calm the spirits, alleviates pain and nourishes blood and Yin.  The Zu San Li point is usually used for building Qi and Blood, regulating Stomach Qi and the intestines, and regulating the reproductive system.  Frequent moxibustion on Zu San Li also can promote longevity. In ancient Japan, there is an old saying : “ A wise person doesn’t hang around with anyone who doesn’t do moxibustion on his Zu San Li”. There was a village that the average lifespan exceeded 90. The common habit of the villagers were doing moxa on their Zu San Li points.

Use This Point When You Have: Abdominal distention and pain, Allergies, Asthma, Borborygmus, Chest Pain, Constipation, Cough, Diarrhea, Digestive Disturbances, Dizziness, Edema, Fever, Gastrointestinal Disorders, Hypertension, Indigestion, Intestinal Disorders, Jaundice, Knee Disorders, Leg Pain, Mastitis, Mental Disorders, Nausea, Neurasthenia, Pancreatitis, Paralysis Due To Wind Stroke, Reproductive System Disorders,  Seizures, Shock, Stomach Pain, Tibial Bone Pain, Gastric Ulcers, Vomiting, General Weakness

In next Blog, we’ll talk about the remaining 6 major points.

Trisha Han

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