ST36 (Stomach 36) - Acupuncture Point Information

Chinese Name: Zusanli
English Name: Leg Three Li

Location: 3 cun below Dubi (ST35), one finger-breadth from the anterior crest of the tibia.


Lower He-Sea point of the Stomach Channel, 1st of Ma Dan Yang's Twelve Stars, treat abdominally with Zusanli (upper and lower adbomen): Four Dominant Points Song.


Strengthens the Spleen, Harmonizes the Spleen and Stomach, Harmonizes the intestines and clears food stagnation, makes contravecting Qi descend and stops vomiting, regulates Qi and Blood, reinforces Xu conditions generally, eliminates Dampness, transforms Phlegm, prevents disease (enhances immune function), breaks up blood stagnation in the chest.

Primary Indications:

Indigestion, abdominal distension/pain, borborygmus, constipation, knee and shin ache (Bi syndrome).

Tertiary Indications:

Stomach pain, gastric ulcer, vomiting, diarrhea, dysentry, cholera, hemiplegia, paralysis (Wei syndrome), mastitis/breast abcess, Xu emaciation/fatigue, mental disorders (psychosis, neuraesthenia), dizziness/vertigo, edema, foot swelling/limb swelling, ascites, lin syndrome (dysuria), urinary incontinence, hypertension/hypotension, epilepsy, cough/asthma, eye disorders, tinnitus, headache, fever, poor appetite, pain, low back pain, tonsillitis (throat Bi), fullness in chest/ribs and abdomen, appendicitis, health enhancement, heart pain.

Other Indications:

Mute, all mouth problems, bitter taste in mouth, swelling of lower jaw, torticollis, ateriosclerosis, cannot swallow food, Yin problems in stomach, childhood nutritional impairment, hiccough, inflammation of abdomen, small intestine, intestinal tuberculosis, sensations of strong heat in abdomen, jaundice, acute pancreatitis, anaemia, renal Bi syndrome, diseases of reproductive system, post-partum syncope, shock, hernia, allergies.


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 Stomach channel:

(ST1, ST2, ST3, ST4, ST5, ST6, ST7, ST8, ST9, ST10, ST11, ST12, ST13, ST14, ST15, ST16, ST17, ST18, ST19, ST20, ST21, ST22, ST23, ST24, ST25, ST26, ST27, ST28, ST29, ST30, ST31, ST32, ST33, ST34, ST35, ST36, ST37, ST38, ST39, ST40, ST41, ST42, ST43, ST44, ST45)

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