Acupuncture Points On The Heart Meridian

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Acupuncture Points On The Heart Meridian

Click to view detailed clinical information for any of the points along the heart meridian. You will find location information, relationships, clinical applications, precautions and more.

If you are a student, or if you simply want to see all of the point locations and functions in one place, view our heart meridian acupuncture point "flash" cards - study tool section.


HT Point of the Day

Yin Cleft (HT6)ht6
  • Night sweats, Steaming Bone Disorders, tonify Yin and Blood.  Often used with SI 3 for nightsweats.
  • Acute chest and/or heart pain from Blood stasis.  Palpitations, although HT 5 may be better.
  • Acute emotional disturbances - mania, anxiety, shock, sudden loss of voice.
  • Counterflow qi - panic attacks, vomiting blood, nosebleeds.
HT Meridian Student/Usage Information
  • Internal/External Pathways
    Originates at the Heart
    Spreads over the heart system
    Descending branch:
    Passes through the diaphragm
    Connects with the small intestine
    Ascending branch:
    Runs alongside esophagus
    Connects with the eye system
    Direct branch:
    Runs upward to lung
    Then down and out axilla at HT 1
  • Measurements Needed
    Axillary Fold -to- Cubital Crease = 9 cun
    Cubital Crease -to- Wrist Crease = 12 cun
  • Precautions - [all]
    HT 1 - (AA) Avoid Artery
  • Point Relationships
    Wrist - SI 5 - TH 4 - LI 5 || LU 9 - PC 7 - HT 7
    Elbow Points - SI 8 - TH 10 - LI 11 || LU 5 - PC 3 - HT 3
  • Additional Helpful Information
  • No finger or hand measurements on the lower arm
  • Cun Measurement Reminders:
    (Cun measurements points along the meridian)

    Yin Meridians || Upper Arm || Forearm
    LU 6, 5 || 7, 1.5, 1
    PC 7 || 5, 3, 2
    HT 3 || 1.5, 1, .5

    Yang Meridians || Forearm || Upper Arm
    LI 3, 5, 8, 9, 10 || *1, 3, 7
    TH 2, 3, 5, 7 || *1, 1, mid 11-13, -3 below TH 14
    SI 5 ||

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