Stomach 36

Acupressure Point ST36

essential oils for acupuncture-acupressure pointsApply the Earth Aroma Acu-Stick® to activate points on the Stomach Channel. Stomach 36 acupressure point is regarded as the most useful acupressure point on the body by most licensed acupuncturists as it has so many key functions in the manifestation of Qi and Blood in the body. Acupressure point Stomach 36 can be used with any digestive disorder as the Stomach is in charge of receiving the food along with “rotting and ripening” the food

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Location of Acupressure Point Stomach 36photo acupressure Point st36

St 36 is on the anterior of the leg lateral to the edge of the tibia one Cun from the crest of the tibia. Place your pinky finger at the lower border of the knee cap and your index finger will fall at acupressure point ST 36. Apply the Earth Element Acupressure Stick to Acupressure Point Stomach 36 to activate the healing potential of the pressure point.


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Health Conditions Treated with Acupressure Point ST 36

Stomach Qi is involved in the downward flow of Qi allowing for proper digestion and elimination. Points on the Stomach channel also impact the Large Intestine more-so than points on the Large Intestine channel, so even issues such as constipation are addressed with Stomach points. Ancient Chinese military troop often made it a habit to stop each mile and stimulate Stomach 36 to give them more energy to continue their forward march; three li equals about a mile, so the name Leg Three Li came from this historical reference. As you might imagine, it is an excellent point for enhancing your own innate vital energy!

Stomach Pain

Digestive Issues

Difficult-chronic ingestion is often due to the Liver Attacking the Spleen and Stomach in Traditional Chinese medicine.

Undigested food in the stool would suggest Coldness (lack of Stomach Fire) or Spleen Qi Deficiency as Qi is a Yang substance.

Cold in the intestines would be indicated by sharp pain with defecation.

Chronic diarrhea or loose stools suggests Spleen Qi Deficiency


Chronic Vomiting

Bitter vomiting with bile suggests that the Wood Element is attacking the Stomach and causing a counter-flow of Stomach Qi as the direction of Stomach Qi is to go downward.


Chronic Belching

Abdominal Distention

Fullness and distension of the Heart and abdomen:

Intense Hunger

Heat in the Middle Jiao with propensity to hunger hunger without desire to eat is sometimes referred to as Stomach Heat or Stomach Fire; it is most often caused originally by Yin Deficiency (Yin originates in the Kidney energetic system).

Poor Appetite

A chronic poor appetite suggests Spleen Qi Deficiency and you would want to:

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Edema in the lower leg and ankles:

Internal Dampness

Heaviness of the four limbs suggests Internal Dampness due to Spleen Qi Deficiency

Breathing Problems

Shortness of breath and cough:

Shortness of breath with inability to stand for long:

Chronic Dizziness

Dizziness due to Blood Deficiency or post-partum blood dizziness is resolved by tonifying Blood, which is a Yin substance and finds its origins in the Qi production of the Spleen and Stomach.

Poor Lactation

The breasts are traversed by the Spleen channel and any breast issue would indicate Spleen channel blocks. Insufficient lactation could also be the result of the Earth Element not supplying sufficient Food Qi for the extra demands of lactation.


Dimness of vision:

Ringing in the Ears

Tinnitus that comes on with stress or frustration:


High Blood Pressure

Misc. Uses of Acupressure Point Stomach 36

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Other Name(s) of Acupressure Point Stomach 36

  • Leg Three Li
  • Leg Three Miles
  • Lower Hollow Three Li
  • Third Mile
  • Ghost Evil
  • Foot Yangming
  • Lower Mound
  • Lower Sea of Qi

Traditional Chinese Medicine Classifications of Acupuncture Point ST 36

  • He-Sea point
  • Earth point
  • Point of Ho (autumn)
  • Gao Wu Command point
  • Four Sea point of Nourishment
  • Ma Dan-yang Heavenly Star point
  • Abdominal region of the Four Command points
  • Point of the Sea of Water and Grain
  • Horary point of the Stomach channel
  • One of the "59 piercings" for clearing Heat

Traditional Chinese Medicine Actions of Acupressure Point ST 36

Cautions: Do not use acupressure as self-care when pregnant without the guidance of a licensed acupuncturist. Always discuss new treatment modalities with your local health care professional.

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ST36 improves insulin sensitivity and reduces free fatty acid levels insulin resistance

Zusanli (ST36) Acupoint for Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

ST36 modulates gastric motility

ST36 exerts neuroprotective effects

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ST36 on Peripheral Blood Perfusion and Autonomic Activities

ST36 Alleviates Cartilage Degradation in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Zusanli (ST36) acupoint  for acute diarrhea

Therapeutic effects of ST36 acupoint on severe acute pancreatitis

(ST36) Protects Intestinal Mucosal Immune Barrier

Acupoint ST36 normalizes impaired colonic motility

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