SP 6
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SP 6 San Yin Jiao 三陰交

“Meeting of the 3 Yin”

SAN three

YIN yin

JIAO join, meet, cross

Other Names

Location and Needling:

3 cun directly above the tip of the medial malleolus, on the posterior border of the tibia, on a line drawn from the medial malleolus to SP-9.
0.6 – 1 cun perpendicular

Contraindications and Cautions


Spirit of Point: Provides foundation and stability. Stabilizes the person. Overcomes depression and ‘rejection’ of family.

SP, KD, and LV meridians meet here. Focal point for yin energy.

Tonify Yin Qi; the most important Yin point in the body; it treats mostly all disorders of the SP, LV and KD
Strengthens SP and ST, transforms dampness, nourishes Qi and blood, warms middle and lower Jiao, removes cold from blood
Pacifies spirit, strengthens KD Qi,
Unblocks LV and regulates LV Qi.
Tonifies Jing and Blood, adjusts the uterus.

Signs and Symptoms

Clinical Research


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11 Mar 2012 04:38

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