SP 16

Acupuncture Point Theory

SP 16 Acupuncture Point Applications and Theory

The acupuncture point "SP 16" , 腹哀, is represented by "Fuai" in pinyin and "Abdominal Lament" in english and may be found:

3 cun above SP 15 and 4 cun lateral to the anterior midline (CV 11).


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

  • Aids intestinal issues by clearing heat in the intestines and resolving dampness - as well as generally moving the intestines.
  • Noted for undigested food in the stool.
  • Abdominal pain, dysentery, blood in the stool.


Sp 16 has the following theoretical associations which serve as important guideposts in designing an effective treatment protocol:

  • Intersection point of the SP & Yin Wei Meridians

A single acupuncture point is not commonly thought of as an empirical way to influence a TCM diagnostic pattern. SP16, however, is a strong candidate to be incorporated into an acupuncture protocol for patients who exhibit: Large Intestine Damp Heat and/or Liver and Gallbladder Damp Heat

SP 16 may potentially be used, in coordination with a well designed acupuncture treatment protocol, to influence the following conditions: Abdominal Pain, Diarrhea and/or Dysentary

While not necessarily valid clinically, CV 11 ( Digestive issues - bloating, poor appetite, v…), GB 25 (Local point for pain in the lumbar a/or lateral c…), KD 18 (Local Point for abdominal and intestinal issues. …), LV 13 (Assist with SP Deficient signs esp. from the LV i…) and ST 22 (Abdominal pain, bloating, gurgling in the stomach…) are nearby.

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