LV 8

Acupuncture Point Theory

LV 8 Acupuncture Point Applications and Theory

The acupuncture point "LV 8" , 曲泉, is represented by "Qu Quan" in pinyin and "Spring at the Bend" in english and may be found:

At the medial end of the transverse popliteal crease, posterior to the medial epicondyle of the tibia, in a depression on the anterior border of the insertions of semimembraneous and semitendoneous, with the knee flexed.


Of many possible clinical applications, it may be considered to influence the following issues/symptoms:

  • Tonify LV Yin and Blood, clears excess heat patterns.
  • Genital issues related to damp-heat - pain/swelling, retention of urine, cystitis, prostatitis, ovarian cysts.
  • Tonify Yin from mental, physical, emotional strain.
  • Medial knee pain.
  • Tong Ren/Tam Healing System: Knee problems, even if on the lateral side of the knee, also useful for abdominal pain, urination issues, groin issues (itch/pain).
  • Main treatment point of Liver Sho pattern (with KD 10) - in Japanese style Five Phase treatment protocol.


Lv 8 has the following theoretical associations which serve as important guideposts in designing an effective treatment protocol:

While not necessarily valid clinically, KD 10 (Clears damp or damp-heat in the lower warmer - ur…), ST 35 (Knee problems.  Often used with heding and the me…), UB 39 (Harmonize the triple warmer, damp heat conditions…) and UB 40 (As the Lumbar Command Point, useful for all lumba…) are nearby.

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