SI 6

Acupuncture Point Theory

SI 6 Acupuncture Point Applications and Theory

The acupuncture point "SI 6" , 養老, is represented by "Yang Lao" in pinyin and "Nursing the Aged" in english and may be found:

Dorsal to the head of the ulna in the body cleft on the radial side of the styloid process, found with the palm facing the chest.


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

  • Acute and Severe Pain, in the neck, shoulder a/or arms.
  • Useful point for treating elderly patients, deafness, tinnitus, failing vision, upper body/limb stiffness.
  • Overwork a/or overstrain, fatigue in the extremities.  


Si 6 has the following theoretical associations which serve as important guideposts in designing an effective treatment protocol:

Explore si 6 functional grouping theory - Xi Cleft, or read all point categories and related theory.

A single acupuncture point is not commonly thought of as an empirical way to influence a TCM diagnostic pattern. SI6, however, is a strong candidate to be incorporated into an acupuncture protocol for patients who exhibit: Spleen Blood Deficiency and/or Spleen Qi Deficiency

SI 6 may potentially be used, in coordination with a well designed acupuncture treatment protocol, to influence the following conditions: Arm Pain, Deafness (Hearing Loss), Muscle Weakness, Neck Pain, Shoulder Pain, Tinnitus and/or Vision Problems

While not necessarily valid clinically, HT 6 (Night sweats, Steaming Bone Disorders, tonify Yin…) and LI 5 (Local point for wrist pain. Classically noted wi…) are nearby.

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