Five Shu Points

The five Shu-Points, namely the Jing (Well) , Ying (Spring) , Shu (Stream) , Jing (River) and He (Sea), are an important grouping of acupuncture points of the twelve principal channels. The Five Shu Points are situated in the peripheral part of each meridian, below elbows and knees.

Traditionally, these points are the places where the Qi of channels is transferred and each of them corresponds to one of the five elements. In addition one Shu point on each channel corresponds to the same element as the channel as a whole.This point is reffered as the Horary point.

According to the relation of the Five Elements , each meridian has a "mother" point with reinforcing effect (tonification point)and a "son" point with a reducing effect (sedative point).

The Five Transporting (Shu)

The Five Transporting (Shu) points start at the tip of the four limbs and continue all the way to the elbows or knees.

Jing (Well) Points

Meridians start at Jing-Well points , They are located on the fingers and toes of the four extremities. The indications for the use of these points are fullness in the chest and mental disorders related to the Yin organs.

Ying (Spring) Points

These points are located distal to the metacarpophalangeal joints or metatarsophalangeal joints and are used for febrile diseases. In the Yin meridians, the Ying (Spring) point belongs to the Fire Element. This means that it may be very useful in the treatment of releasing heat from its related meridian or organ system.

Shu (Stream) Points

These points are located proximal to the metacarpophalangeal joints or metatarsophalangeal joints and are used for disorders related to heaviness in the body or painful joint conditions. The Shu (Stream) point in Yin organs is also what we refer to as the Yuan (Source) point. This means that the stimulation of this point is able to build strength and energy in its related meridian or organ system.

Jing (River) Points

These points are located around the joints of the wrists or ankles and are used for cough and asthma due to pathogenic cold and heat. This is also a place where Qi flows through.

He (Sea) Points

The He-Sea point metaphorically describes the merge of rivers joining and emptying into the sea. They are located around the joints of the elbows or knees. These points are indicated for perverse Qi flow such as diarrhea.

Five Shu Points Chart

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Yin Meridians
Jing-well
(Wood)
Ying-spring
(Fire)
Shu-stream
(Earth)
Jing-river
(Metal)
He-Sea
(Water)
LU LU 11 LU 10 LU 9 (T) LU 8 (H) LU 5 (S)
PC PC 9 (T) PC 8 (H) PC 7 (S) PC 5 PC 3
HT HT 9 (T) HT 8 (H) HT 7 (S) HT 4 HT 3
SP SP 1 SP 2 (T) SP 3 (H) SP 5 (S) SP 9
LV LV 1 (H) LV 2 (S) LV 3 LV 4 LV 8 (T)
KD KD 1 (S) KD 2 KD 3 KD 7 (T) KD 10 (H)
Yang Meridians
Jing-well
(Metal)
Ying-spring
(Water)
Shu-stream
(Wood)
Jing-river
(Fire)
He-Sea
(Earth)
LI LI 1 (H) LI 2 (S) LI 3 LI 5 LI 11 (T)
TW TW 1 TW 2 TW 3 (T) TW 6 (H) TW 10 (S)
SI SI 1 SI 2 SI 3 (T) SI 5 (H) SI 8 (S)
ST ST 45 (S) ST 44 ST 43 ST 41 (T) ST 36 (H)
GB GB 44 GB 43 (T) GB 41 (H) GB 38 (S) GB 34
UB UB 67 (T) UB 66 (H) UB 65 (S) UB 60 UB 40

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-(H) = Horary Point 
-(T) = Tonification Point
-(S) = Sedative Point


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