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Shmuel Halevi
Posted on Sunday, April 17, 2005 - 18:27:   

For all forum members:
I have added today a database of acupoints in my homepage, at this address:

The database includes all major and important acupoints, including extra-meridian points. It contains the name (both Western and Chinese) of every point, energetics, symptoms and diseases that it treats and many point combinations for specific ailments. It also has a link to the meridian/points charts already presented on my webpage.
As far as I know, there is no such database on the internet - at least not of this scale. I hope that both students and practitioners will find this database a helpful tool in their work. Comments and suggestions are welcome.
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Posted on Monday, July 04, 2005 - 19:08:   

Hi I just started acupuncture for infertility. i would like to know more about SP6 point used for infertility and what point it should be avoided after or near conception and implantation.

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Shmuel Halevi
Posted on Tuesday, July 05, 2005 - 10:27:   

Sp-6 indications (from the manual of acupuncture) are as follows:
Tonifies the Spleen and Stomach
Resolves dampness
Harmonises the Liver and tonifies the Kidneys
Regulates menstruation and induces labour
Harmonises the lower jiao
Regulates urination and benefits the genitals
Calms the spirit
Invigorates blood
Activates the channel and alleviates pain

Sanyinjiao SP-6 (Three Yin Intersection) is the meeting
point of the three yin channels of the leg (Spleen, Liver and
Kidney) and is one of the most important and widely used
of the acupuncture points. Its actions and indications are
extraordinarily broad, and it is a primary point in the
treatment of many digestive, gynaecological, sexual, urinary
and emotional disorders.
Located on the Spleen channel, its strongest action is on
harmonising all the functions of the Spleen. The Spleen
dominates transportation and transformation and is thus
the primary zang responsible for the formation of qi and
blood. When Spleen qi or yang is deficient there may be:
i. impairment of the transportation and transformation
function (undigested food in the stool, diarrhoea, abdominal
distention and fullness, borborygmus etc.) ii.
inadequate formation of blood (palpitations, blurred vision,
amenorrhoea, post-partum dizziness, dizziness associated
with uterine bleeding etc.), iii. failure of the
Spleen to hold the blood (uterine bleeding, menorrhagia),
and iv. sinking of central qi (uterine prolapse). Furthermore,
deficiency of Spleen qi and incomplete transportation
and transformation may lead to the formation of
excess dampness. According to the Essential Questions11
"The lower is the first to suffer from dampness". Dampness,
whether damp-heat or cold damp, may lead to
heaviness of the body and limbs and oedema, or pour
down to the lower jiao giving rise to such symptoms as
diarrhoea or leucorrhoea. Sanyinjiao SP-6, exceptionally
balanced in its action, is unique among points of the
Spleen channel in being able to treat all these different
manifestations of Spleen disharmony.
Although its primary action is on the Spleen, Sanyinjiao
SP-6 is also an important point to treat disorders of the
Liver and Kidneys. It is able to soften and harmonise the
Liver, by both spreading the Liver qi and nourishing Liver
blood, and at the same time to benefit the Kidney qi. This
threefold action of harmonising the Spleen, Liver and
Kidneys finds expression in the forte of Sanyinjiao SP-6 in
treating all disorders of the lower jiao.
The three leg yin channels dominate menstruation,
conception, pregnancy, leucorrhoea and the external genitalia.
Sanyinjiao SP-6 is the single most important distal
point in the treatment of any gynaecological, obstetrical
or post-partum disorder whether characterised by deficiency
of qi, blood, yin, yang or Kidney essence, failure of
Spleen qi to hold the blood, or stagnation of qi, blood,
dampness, damp-heat or phlegm. So wide is its range of
action, and so universal its indications, that Sanyinjiao
SP-6 appears in classical combinations for the treatment of
virtually any disorder of the reproductive system.
Sanyinjiao SP-6 is also an essential point to induce labour,
assist in transverse presentation and alleviate the pain of
childbirth. Despite its indication for restless foetus syndrome,
however, its ability to expedite delivery of the live
or dead foetus, and the lochia, means that Sanyinjiao SP-6
is generally contraindicated in pregnancy.
According to the Essential Questions12 "The genitals are
the gathering place of the sinews". The Spleen sinew
channel binds at the genitals and Sanyinjiao SP-6 is an
essential point in the treatment of sexual and genital
disorders in both men and women, including pain and
contraction, seminal emission, impotence, and excessive
sexual drive in men. Although impotence is generally
related to deficiency of Kidney fire, two classics help to
explain its relationship to the Spleen. The Complete Works
of Jing-yue says “Ming men [the fire of the gate of life
stored in the Kidneys] is the sea of the essence and blood,
the Spleen is the sea of water and grain; the two together
form the foundation of the five zang and six fu”, whilst the
Essential Questions13 explains “The Kidneys dominate water; they receive essence from the five zang and six fu
and store it, therefore only when the five zang are flourishing
is ejaculation possible”.
Disharmony of the Liver, Spleen or Kidneys is responsible
for the majority of urinary disorders, and the principal
patterns are accumulation of damp-heat or cold damp,
Kidney deficiency, qi deficiency, stagnation of Liver qi or
Liver fire. Due to its ability to treat all these pathologies,
Sanyinjiao SP-6 is an essential point for the treatment of
urinary disorders, including difficult urination, retention
of urine, enuresis, painful urinary dysfunction and cloudy
The actions of Sanyinjiao SP-6 are not, however, confined
to the middle and lower jiao. Its inclusion in many
prescriptions for the treatment of any kind of insomnia
(usually in combination with Shenmen HE-7) dramatically
illustrates its wide-ranging actions. Insomnia is
normally differentiated into five main patterns: i. deficiency
of Heart and Spleen (qi and blood deficiency), ii.
disharmony of Heart and Kidneys (yin deficiency), iii.
disharmony of Heart and Liver (Liver blood and yin
deficiency or Liver fire), iv. deficiency of Heart and Gall
Bladder (qi deficiency), v. disharmony of Heart and Stomach
(accumulation of food or retention of phlegm-heat).
Since Sanyinjiao SP-6 is able to fortify the Spleen, tonify qi
and blood, nourish Liver and Kidney yin, spread the Liver
qi and harmonise the digestion it may be used in any of
these patterns.
The especial importance of treating the Spleen in cases
of disharmony of the Heart and Kidneys is emphasised in
a number of classics. The Standards of Patterns and Treatments
says “In order to tonify the Kidneys it is best to
tonify the Spleen; use the Spleen to connect with the Heart
in the upper and with the Kidneys in the lower ...” and
“The essence of the five zang is all transported from the
Spleen; when the Spleen is flourishing then the Heart and
Kidneys are in communication”. The Helpful Questions in
Medical Cases says “If you desire to establish communication
between the Heart and the Kidneys it is necessary to
use the Spleen earth as an intermediary”.
Along with Geshu BL-17, Xuehai SP-10 and Diji SP-8,
Sanyinjiao SP-6 is considered one of the most important
acupuncture points to harmonise and cool blood and to
promote and invigorate its circulation. This action finds
its most important application in the treatment of gynaecological
disorders, but extends to other disorders where
blood disharmony plays an important role, for example
skin diseases such as eczema and urticaria.
Finally Sanyinjiao SP-6 is cited in the Song of the Nine
Needles for Returning the Yang, for the treatment of collapse
of yang characterised by loss of consciousness, aversion to
cold, cold counterflow of the limbs, purple lips etc.
As for your second question, there are many points that should better avoided or used in caution after conception, among which Sp-6 and Li-4 are the most prominent. Yet, your doctor must be aware of this as this is an essential background knowledge of any doctor.
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Posted on Friday, July 08, 2005 - 10:39:   

Hello Dr Halevi,

As a first year student I find your database very extensive . I can't believe that you put such an effort with no commercial insentive. ( which I find very nice of you).
Anyway my question is: How would you compare your database to the Deadman manual which is thought by most TCM schools.
Being an online tool it is of cource better manipulated then a hard copy, but does it have the same scope and depth?
In short, can it save the purchase of the Deadman manual ?


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Shmuel Halevi
Posted on Friday, July 08, 2005 - 12:19:   

No it can't...
The information on my database has been derived from various sources of which Deadman's book is only one. Thus, it makes an excellent tool for practitioners who need immediate, fast, comprehensive information on how to proceed with their treatment.
On the other hand, Deadman's book is much more comprehensive and profound, and its scope of knowledge is more extensive and inclusive. It is therefore more fitting for students than for practitioners.
BTW, Deadman's book is also available on a CD which makes it very accessible for search options.
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Ashok Shejale.
Posted on Saturday, August 13, 2005 - 18:47:   

Respected Dr.
Due to accident which occured on 1st July,2000,Traumatic subluxation of L2-L3 with Paraparesis Tr.Process of L2-L3-L4. Operated Post stabilisation with Harrington rods.
Recovery is good with bladder & bowel control.
Foot drop persists,
Now studying & Undergoing Acupuncture treatment. Please give acupuncture points to get muscle power to lower limb & overcome Footdrop.
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Shmuel Halevi
Posted on Sunday, August 14, 2005 - 12:15:   

Points along the stomach meridian are usually utilized for this, i.e., from St-31 and distally. Manipulation that transmits the Qi distally is important and, in some occasions, moxa can be added.

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