SP 5

Acupuncture Point Theory

SP 5 Acupuncture Point Applications and Theory

The acupuncture point "SP 5" , 商丘, is represented by "Shangqiu" in pinyin and "Shang Hill" in english and may be found:

In a depression distal and inferior to the medial malleolus midway between the tuberosity of the navicular bone and the tip of the medial malleolus.


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

  • Tonifies the spleen and resolves dampness - lethargy, desire to lie down, abdominal distention.
  • Calms the spirit - manic depression, anxiety, excessive thinking.
  • Speech disorders, stiffness at root of tongue.


Sp 5 has the following theoretical associations which serve as important guideposts in designing an effective treatment protocol:

Explore sp 5 functional grouping theory - Five Shu, 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. SP5, however, is a strong candidate to be incorporated into an acupuncture protocol for patients who exhibit: Spleen Qi Deficiency

SP 5 may potentially be used, in coordination with a well designed acupuncture treatment protocol, to influence the following conditions: Abdominal Pain, Anxiety, Borborygmus, Manic Depression and/or Stuttering

While not necessarily valid clinically, KD 3 (Tonify KD Qi, Yin or Yang Deficiencies from any e…), KD 4 (Luo Connecting Point - can be used to treat the L…), KD 5 (Generally nourishes Yin and Blood and moves the u…), KD 6 (Sore throat from any etiology, especially empty h…), LV 4 (Generally, moves stagnation and clears heat - Hep…) and ST 41 (Opposite end of channel issues (i.e. head/face) -…) are nearby.

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