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 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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