Spleen Meridian of Foot-Taiyin is one of the twelve meridians,which is commonly used for spleen and stomach disease, gynecology, and other diseases,such as: gastric pain, vomiting, belching, abdominal distension,jaundice, weakness, stiff tongue pain, swelling of the inner side of the lower limbs, coldness, dyskinesia of the big toe, etc. There are 42 points in this meridian, 21 points on each side,including: Yinbai, Dadu, Taibai, Gongsun, Shangqiu, Sanyinjiao, Lougu, Diji, Yinlingquan,Xuehai, Jimen, Chongmen, Fushe,Fujie, Daheng,Fuai,Shidou, Tianxi, Xiongxiang, Zhourong, Dabao.
Spleen Meridian Points and Pathway
Spleen Meridian starts from the inner end of the big toe (Yinbai), along the inner dorso ventral boundary of the hand or foot, ascends over the front edge of the medial malleolus, runs along the midline of the medial calf, 8 cun above the medial malleolus, and connects to the front of the Liver Meridian of Foot-Jueyin,goes along the front edge of the inner thigh, into the abdomen, belonging to the Spleen, connecting to stomach, passing upward through the diaphragm, along the sides of the esophagus, connecting the tongue. Its branches out from the stomach, ascends through the diaphragm, enters into the heart, and connects to the Heart Meridian of Hand-Shaoyin.
Spleen Meridian Points and Location
SP 1 Acupuncture Point(Yinbai)
Location:On the medial side of the big toe 0.1 cun posterior to the corner of the nail.
- Gynecological diseases: such as menorrhagia;
- Chronic bleeding syndromes: such as hematochezia,hematuresis;
- Mental disorders:such as madness and dreaminess;
- infantile convulsion;
- Lack of appetite, fullness of the abdomen, fulminant diarrhea; etc.
Clinical: functional uterine bleeding, upper gastrointestinal bleeding, acute enteritis, schizophrenia, neurasthenia, etc.
Location:On medial side of big toe, sital and inferior to the 1st metatarsaldigital joint in a depression at the juncture of the red and white skin.
- spleen and stomach diseases, such as: abdominal distension,stomach pain,vomiting, diarrhea, constipation;
- fever without sweat
Fatigue, stomach cramps, rectus abdominis cramps, abdominal distension, acute and chronic enteritis, stroke, convulsions, swollen limbs, etc.
SP 3 Acupuncture Point(Taibai)
Location:Proximal and inferior to the head of the 1st metatarsalphalangeal joint in a depression at the junction of the red and white skin.
- Stomach pain, bloating, bowel, diarrhea, constipation, stomach cramps, gastritis, indigestion, enteritis, hemorrhoids, dysentery, etc.;
- Low back pain, numbness or pain of lower limbs, etc.;
- Athlete’s foot,swelling and pain due to athlete’s foot etc.;
- Thin thighs and so on.
Acute and chronic gastritis, acute and chronic enteritis, neuropathic vomiting, indigestion, etc.
SP 4 Acupuncture Point(Gongsun)
Location:In a depression distal and inferior to the base of the 1st metatarsal bone at the junction of the red and white skin.
- Spleen and stomach diseases: stomach pain, abdominal pain, borborygmus, vomiting, loss of appetite, bowel, hiccups, dysentery, diarrhea.
- Cardiothoracic disease: upset, chest distress, chest pain.
- Others: such as insomnia, sleepiness, madness, edema, irregular menstruation, uterine bleeding, intestinal bleeding, foot tarsal pain, numbness of the toes and other diseases.
Clinical:acute and chronic gastritis, digestive ulcers, acute and chronic enteritis, neuropathic vomiting, dyspepsia, schizophrenia, etc.
SP 5 Acupuncture Point(Shangqiu)
Location:In a depression distal and inferior to the medial malleolus midway between the tuberosity of the navicular bone and the tip of the medial malleolus.
1.Digestive system diseases: gastritis, enteritis, indigestion, constipation, hemorrhoids, jaundice;
2. Movement system diseases: gastrocnemius spasm, ankle joint and surrounding soft tissue diseases, athlete’s foot;
3. Others: convulsions in children, whooping cough, edema.
Location:6 cun above the tip of the medial malleolus on line connecting SP 9 and the tip of the medial malleolus on the posterior border of the tibia (3 cun above SP 6).
- Abdominal distension, borborygmus;
- Difficulty in urination, spermatorrhea;
- Paralysis of lower limbs.
- Digestive system diseases: acute and chronic gastroenteritis, hyperintestinal sounds, indigestion;
- Motor system diseases: shoulder pain, paralysis of lower limbs;
- Others: urinary tract infection, mental illness.
Location:3 cun below SP 9 on line connecting SP 9 and the tip of the medial malleolus.
- Gynecological diseases such as dysmenorrhea, metrorrhagia and irregular menstruation;
- Spleen and stomach diseases such as Abdominal pain, diarrhea etc;
- Dysuria, edema etc;
- Others: stomach cramps, mastitis, paralysis of lower limbs.
SP 9 Acupuncture Point(Yinlingquan)
Location:On the lower border of the medial condyle of the tibia in the depression posterior and inferior to the medial condyle of the tibia. (or) On the lower border of the medial condyle of the tibia on level with the tuberosity of the tibia. (or) Between the posterior border of the tibia and gastrocnemius muscle.
1.Indications of abdominal distension, diarrhea, edema, jaundice; unfavorable urination, enuresis, urinary incontinence.
2.Irregular menstruation, red vaginal discharge, genital pain, dysmenorrhea, spermatorrhea; knee pain (knee and tibia soreness, low back and leg pain), etc.
3. Promote the recovery of gastrointestinal function, and metabolism.
SP 10 Acupuncture Point(Xuehai)
Location:With knee flexed, 2 cun above the superior medial border of the patella on the bulge of the medial portion of quadriceps femoris (vastus medialis).
Irregular menstruation,dysmenorrhea, abdominal distension, uterine prolapse, eczema, itchy skin.
- Allergic diseases: urticaria, rubella, eczema, pruritus, erysipelas, psoriasis, vitiligo, tinea cruris, chloasma, localized scleroderma, neurodermatitis, allergic purpura, herpes zoster.
- Gynecological diseases: irregular menstruation, amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, metrorrhagia, uterine bleeding,functional uterine bleeding.
- Motor system diseases: medial thigh pain, paralysis of lower limbs, sciatica, knee joint pain.
- Others: such as drooping eyelids, orchitis, impotence, poor urination, abdominal distension, and anemia.
- Clear blood and remove dampness, and treat sores and ulcers caused by blood turbidity,and blood heat.
- Most of blood diseases related to blood circulation.
- For itchy skin caused by blood deficiency, blood irritability, and thick blood.Tapping point.
- For papule due to wind and cold invade. Tapping point.
- For alopecia baldness. This point can promote blood circulation, improve the microcirculation of hair follicles, and make hair grow and lose oil without falling off.
- For knee pain, such as degenerative arthritis and rheumatic knee arthritis, which are mostly related to rheumatism. This point can dispel wind and clear heat, active muscles and promote blood circulation.
- For irregular menstruation, including menstrual with blood clots, early or delayed menstruation, bleeding,amenorrhea, and dysmenorrhea etc.
- For scrotal eczema and tinea cruris.
SP 11 Acupuncture Point(Jimen)
Location:6 cun above SP 10 on the line connecting SP 12 to SP 10.
Difficulty urination, enuresis, scrotum itching,groin swelling and pain,lower limb paralysis, foot swelling and pain, etc.
SP 12 Acupuncture Point(Chongmen)
Location:Superior to the lateral end of the inguinal groove lateral to the pulsating external iliac artery (joins femoral artery) level with the symphysis pubis 3.5 cun lateral to CV 2.
- Abdominal pain, hernia, vaginal discharge, urine dripping, postpartum bleeding, abnormal leucorrhea etc.
- asthma, cramps, etc.
Urinary retention, orchitis, spermatic neuralgia, endometritis, eclampsia, etc.;
SP 13 Acupuncture Point(Fushe)
Location:0.7 cun laterosuperior to SP 12 and 4 cun lateral to the anterior midline (between CV 2 and CV 3).
Bloating, abdominal pain, groin pain, hernia, abdominal mass, etc.
Splenomegaly, constipation, hysteritis, inguinal hernia and so on.
SP 14 Acupuncture Point(Fujie)
Location:1.3 cun below SP 15 and 4 cun lateral to the anterior midline on the lateral side of rectus abdominus.
1. Abdominal pain, diarrhea, indigestion;
Clinical: stomach pain, abdominal pain, constipation, and dysentery.
SP 15 Acupuncture Point(Daheng)
Location:4 cun lateral to the center of the umbilicus (CV 8) lateral to rectus abdominus.
- Abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation and other spleen and stomach diseases.
- Clinical:Constipation, intestinal carbuncle caused by stagnation of Qi,diarrhea due to cold-evil, abdominal pain, physical weakness with hyperhidrosis.
Location:3 cun above SP 15 and 4 cun lateral to the anterior midline (CV 11).
- Indigestion, abdominal pain, constipation, dysentery.
- Digestive system diseases: umbilical pain, indigestion, dysentery, gastric ulcer, stomach cramps, hyperacidity or decrease, indigestion, constipation, intestinal bleeding.
SP 17 Acupuncture Point(Shidou)
Location:6 cun lateral to the anterior midline in the 5th inter-costal space.
Chest pain,belching,Nausea,abdominal distension, edema.
Clinical:indigestion, abdominal pain, and constipation. Stomach cramps, gastric and duodenal ulcers, hyperacidity or decrease, bacillary dysentery, etc.
SP 18 Acupuncture Point(Tianxi)
Location:6 cun lateral to the anterior midline in the 4th inter-costal space.
Usage:chest pain, cough, acute mastitis,hypogalactia.
- Respiratory system diseases: pneumonia, bronchitis, asthma and other diseases;
- Intercostal neuralgia;
- Chest pain.
SP 19 Acupuncture Point(Xiongxiang)
Location:6 cun lateral to the anterior midline in the 3rd inter-costal space.
Clinical:Intercostal neuralgia, bronchitis, etc
SP 20 Acupuncture Point(Zhourong)
Location：6 cun lateral to the anterior midline in the 2nd inter-costal space.
Cough, wheezing, fullness of chest and hypochondriac, pleurisy, lung abscess, bronchiectasis, intercostal neuralgia, loss of appetite, etc.
Clinical:intercostal neuralgia, pleurisy, lung abscess, bronchiectasis, chest and back pain, esophageal stenosis, hiccups, etc.
SP 21 Acupuncture Point(Dabao)
Location:On lateral side of the chest and on the mid-axillary line in the 6th inter-costal space. (or) 6 cun below the axilla midway between the axilla and the free end of the 11th rib on mid axillary.
- Asthma,chest distress, endocarditis, pleurisy, intercostal neuralgia, chest and hypochondriac disease and other respiratory diseases;
- Weakness of limbs, malabsorption syndrome.
- Improve memory and relieve fatigue.
- abnormal absorption of nutrients from the digestive tract.
Clinical:ronchial asthma, pleurisy, intercostal neuralgia, full body pain, weakness.