This article was initially published on AcuTake.
“What’s the Point” is an ongoing series of blog posts on Qi by AcuTake founding editor and acupuncturist Sara Calabro.
By Sara Calabro, LAc
Stomach 36—also known as Zusanli (Chinese name), Leg Three Mile (English translation) and ST36 (acupunk lingo)—is located on the shin. It’s found about a hand length below the patella, just outside the prominent tibia bone (see picture below). Having this point needled often produces a strong sensation that sometimes travels down the leg.
‘Stomach’ Doesn’t Necessarily Mean ‘Digestion’
When curious patients inquire about this point and learn its name, they often assume it’s for digestive problems. Stomach 36 is indeed one of the most commonly used points for pretty much any digestive issue you can think of. For everything from constipation to diarrhea to heartburn to nausea to hiccups, Stomach 36 is a likely choice. Read more