ST 36
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ST 36 Zu San Li 足三里

“Leg 3 Units”

ZU foot

SAN three

LI a unit of measurement

Other Names

Location and Needling:

Slide finger along the lateral aspect of the tibia to the point where the finger stops just below the knee, about 3 cun below ST-35 and 1 cun lateral to the crest of the tibia.
0.5-1.2 cun perpendicular

Contraindications and Cautions


He-Sea point, Earth point on earth meridian. Lower He Sea point of ST. Horary point.
Command point for abdomen.
Sea of Nourishment point (ST-10. ST-36).
Lower He-Sea point of ST.

Spirit of Point: Can use for every condition. General lack of energy mentally or physically. Lacking nourishment, brings nourishment to all aspects of the person. Generates stability.
Digests and absorb what is needed.
Tonifies Qi and Blood of whole body, strongly moves Qi and calms the Shen
Strengthens ying and wei qi
Raises Yang Qi
Strengthens the SP, ST, and Intestines, transforms phlegm, treats edema
Clears vision (meridian function)
Master point for descending Qi, Lowers rebellious ST Qi
Clears wind, damp, and cold (Bi pain of Knee and wrist)

Signs and Symptoms

Clinical Research


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11 Mar 2012 04:38

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