Acupuncture Points Notebook

Location Guides:

: Jianli : Strengthen the Interior

Ren-11 : Extraordinary Conception Vessel 11

On the midline of the abdomen, 3 cun above the umbilicus and 5 cun below the sternocostal angle.

Perpendicular insertion 0.8 - 1.5 cun

In thin patients deep needling may penetrate the peritoneal cavity. No perpendicular needling in advanced pregnancy.

TCM Actions:
Harmonises the middle jiao and regulates qi

TCM Indications:
  • Abdominal distension, pain of the intestines, vomiting, no pleasure in eating, sudden turmoil disorder, Heart pain, oedema of the body.

    Superficial Innervation: Anterior cutaneous thoracic nerve from T8
    Dermatome Segment: T8

    Often combined with Zusanli St-36 and Shousanli LI-10 to make the "three Li for deficiency, especially of the Spleen and Stomach (Wang & Robertson, 2008, Applied Channel Theory).


    Lad and Durve (2008) in Marma Points of Ayurveda call this point Surya or Amashaya and associate it with the doshas: Samana Vayu, Apana Vayu, Pachaka Pitta, Kledaka Kapha and Ranjaka Pitta.

    They give the following actions:
    - Regulates stomach and pancreas functions
    - Enkindles agni
    - Relieves pain locally
    - Regulates hydrochloric acid secretion in the stomach
    - Pacifies pitta
    - Harmonises emotions

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