SP5 (Spleen 5) - Acupuncture Point Information

Chinese Name: Shangqiu
English Name: Merchant Mound

Location: In the depression distal and inferior to the medial malleolus, midway between the tuberosity of the navicular and the tip of the medial malleolus.


Jing-River point of the Spleen channel.


Strengthens the Spleen and Stomach, transforms damp stagnation.

Primary Indications:

Borborygmus, abdominal distension, diarrhoea, pain in the foot and ankle joint.

Tertiary Indications:

Constipation, jaundice, poor digestion, gastritis, stiffness and pain of tongue, haemorrhoids, foot swelling, nightmares, breast pain, female infertility, hernia, fever.

Other Indications:

Gastric cancer, doesn't want to eat, spleen vacuity, congestion of the spleen, pain in the spleen, sighs often or groans, aesthenia, loves to sleep, heavy sensations in body, melancholy, heart sorrow, pain in joints, pain in internal aspect of thing, pain in the thighs, hypertonicity of the sinews, impaired bending and stretching of the knee with inability to walk, osseous tuberculosis, bone bi, oedema, colic, sensation like a 'piglet' running around in the abdomen causing severe pain, epilepsy, infantile convulsions with diarrhoea, child fright wind, throat bi, glomus (plum-pit throat).


This information is from the book Acupuncture Point Dynamics and has been used with permission from the author John McDonald.

View other points on the Spleen channel:

(SP1, SP2, SP3, SP4, SP5, SP6, SP7, SP8, SP9, SP10, SP11, SP12, SP13, SP14, SP15, SP16, SP17, SP18, SP19, SP20, SP21)

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