Acupuncture Points Notebook

Location Guides:

: Fuhai : Abdomen Sorrow

Sp-16 : Foot Taiyin Spleen 16

Meeting of Spleen with Yin Wei Mai

On the abdomen at the depression at the lateral border of the rectus abdominis muscle, 4 cun from the midline, 3 cun superior to Daheng Sp-15, level with Jianli Ren-11 and Guanmen, St-22

Perpendicular insertion 0.5 - 1 cun

In thin patients, deep needling may penetrate the peritoneal cavity. Deep needling at this point on the left may penetrate an enlarged spleen

TCM Actions:
Regulates the intestines

TCM Indications:
  • Periumbilical pain, cold of the abdomen, undigested food in the stool, dysenteric disorder, stool containing pus and blood, constipation.

    Superficial Innervation: Lateral cutaneous thoracic nerve from T9
    Dermatome Segment: T9

    This points name, "abdomen sorrow", its function of regulating the intestines, its location under the ribcage where Liver Qi stagnation can is diagnosed by palpable tightness and its assignment to the Yin Wei Mai (opened with Pc-6) suggest its main use is for digestive disorders due to emotional trauma.


    Lad and Durve (2008) in Marma Points of Ayurveda locate two point with different names and functions on the left and right between here and Riyue GB-24, directly below the nipple on the costal margin. Both are associated with Ranjaka Pitta, Pachaka Pitta, Samana Vayu, Apana Vayu and Kledaka Kapha.

    The point on the right side is called Yakrut has the following functions:
    - Regulates the function of the liver and gallbladder
    - Stimulates bhuti agni (liver metabolism) and detoxifies ama
    - Regulates digestion and metabolism of all seven dhatus (tissues)
    - Regulates functions of small intestine and colon
    - Relieves pain locally
    - Pacifies fiery emotions

    The point on the left side is called Pliha and has the following functions:
    - Regulates spleen functions
    - Regulates and detoxifies blood
    - Enhances immunity
    - Enhances lymphatic circulation
    - Regulates functions of small intestine and colon
    - Relieves pain locally
    - Balances emotions

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