SP6 (Spleen 6) - Acupuncture Point Information

Chinese Name: Sanyinjiao
English Name: Three Yin Crossing

Location: 3 cun directly above the tip of the medial malleolus, on the posterior border of the tibia, on the line drawn from the medial malleolus to Yinlingquan (SP9).

Precautions: Forbidden to needle during pregnancy (stimulates uterine contraction).


Meeting point of the Three Foot Yin channels.


Strengthens Spleen and Stomach, aids spleens transforming and transporting functions, transforms dampness, spreads Liver Qi, benefits Kidneys, invigorates the circulation of Qi and Blood, dispels Wind-Damp from the jing-luo (bi syndrome), major point in gynaecology and obsetrics, major point for insomnia.

Primary Indications:

Stomach & Spleen Xu (poor digestion / poor appetite / xu vomiting ), borborygmus with abdominal distension, menstrual disorders (irregular menses / amenorrhoea / dysmenorrhoea / menorrhagia), spermatorrhoea, lin syndrome (dysuria) urinary incontinence, oedema.

Secondary Indications:


Tertiary Indications:

Diarrhoea, vaginal discharge, uterine haemorrhage, uterine prolapse, female infertility, difficult labour, retention of lochia, restless foetus, dizziness/vertigo, impotence, pain in penis or scrotum, hernia, paralysis of lower extremities (wei syndrome), bi syndrome of legs, knee pain, foot swelling, abdominal pain, cold limbs, skin rashes, heavy sensation in body.

Other Indications:

Diseases of reproductive system, diseases of genital organ system of male and female, diseases of the head, foetal death in utero, post-partum haemorrhage, post-partum syncope, cloudy urine, white turbid urethral discharge, blepharochalasis (relaxation of skin of eyelid), neuraesthenia, emptiness of gall bladder organ, lower jaw relaxed, cannot close mouth, pain control, frigidity, high blood pressure, fullness in the neck, throat bi, infant disruption, pulmonary distension with phlegm cough and inability to lie down.


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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