Acupuncture Small Intestine Meridian

According to the traditional Chinese description small intestine meridian is a yang channel associated with the element fire and possesses interior and exterior relationship with the heart channel.

Total number of points: 19.

Starting point: Corner of the nail of the little finger.

Terminal point: A point in front of the center of the tragus and temporomandibular joint.

Description of the Selected Points

SI-3 Houxi (Houhsi)

SI-3 Houxi

Location: At the medial end of the main transverse palmar crease, on the ulnar border of the hand proximal to the fifth metacar­pophalangeal joint.

Indications : Cervical spondylosis, stiffness of the neck, torticollis, occipital headache, paralysis of upper extremities, epilepsy, tinnitus aurium and deafness.

SI-6 Yanglao

Location: On the posterior aspect of the wrist in a groove lateral to the ulnar styloid process, proximal to the inferior radio-ulnar joint.

SI-6 Yanglao


  • Paralysis of the upper extremity, arthritis of the wrist joint, wrist drop.
  • Cervical spondylosis, stiff neck.
  • Status asthmaticus in association with CV-17 (Shanzhong).

SI-9 Jianzhen (Chienchen)

Location: 1 t-sun above the lower margin of the posterior axillary fold (arm being kept in full adduction).

Indications: Periarthritis of the shoulder joint, paralysis and polyneuro­pathy of the upper extremity.

SI-9 Jianzhen

SI-10 Naoshu

Location: Vertically above SI-9 (Jianzhen) just below the spine of the scapula.

Indications: Periarthritis of shoulder, paralysis of upper extremity, other painful conditions of the shoulder and arm.

SI-10 Naoshu

SI-18 Quanliao (Chuanliao)

Location: Just below the inferior border of the zygomatic bone at a level vertically below the outer canthus of the eye.

SI-18 Quanliao and SI-19 Tinggong

Indications: Trigeminal neuralgia, Bell’s palsy, pain in the upper teeth, spasm of the facial muscles. It is used as an anesthetic point for brain surgery and tooth extraction.

SI-19 Tinggong (Tingkung)

Location: In the depression between the tragus of the ear and temporomandibular joint when the mouth is slightly open.

Indications: Otitis media, tinnitus, deafness, labyrinthitis, Meniere’s disease, motion sickness and arthritis of the temporomandibular joint.

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