Zu San Li

“Why did you use that point?”

It’s one of the most common questions acupuncturists are asked during an acupuncture treatment. The answers give insight into the fascinating theory of Chinese medicine and how acupuncture works.

Zu San Li: A Key Acupuncture Point

Zu San Li (zoo san lee) is located about three inches below the knee on the outside of the shin bone. Most people who’ve had acupuncture are familiar with this point because it is used to treat so many different conditions. In fact, it is considered one of the most vital acupuncture points because of its wide range of effects on the body.

Zu San Li can help:

  • strengthen the spleen and stomach to treat a wide range of digestive disorders
  • resolve dampness that can cause both digestive problems and mental disorders
  • support and build qi to encourage health and vitality
  • clear fire and calm the spirit to balance emotions, and treat anxiety and mood disorders
  • activate the channels and alleviate pain by encouraging circulation when there are blockages
  • treat digestive problems, emotional disorders, pain and injuries, as well as dizziness, tinnitus, heart palpitations, headaches, and high blood pressure

Why is Zu San Li considered so important?
One reason is its location on the stomach meridian, the meridian with the most qi and blood. Points on the stomach meridian, particularly Zu San Li, can influence the entire body and bolster the effectiveness of a treatment. Our ability to process food plays a foundational role in our health and the strength of our digestive system can determine how quickly we recover from an illness or ailment. Indeed this meridian can sustain life. The stomach meridian travels up the chest and through the center of the breast and is the channel that provides nutrients and sustenance during breastfeeding.

Zu San Li is among the most important acupuncture points because of its ability to support the body’s qi and maintain our health and vitality as we age. Many classical textbooks of Chinese medicine recommend stimulating this point regularly for health and vitality, particularly after the age of 30. Its profound strengthening effect can help build the body’s qi energy as it declines naturally with age.

Putting Zu San Li to Work for You
You can tap into the benefits of Zu San Li by stimulating the point using daily acupressure. To find it, measure three inches down from the dimple below your kneecap and one finger’s width away from your shin bone to the outside of the leg. Apply firm pressure for one to two minutes. Stimulating this point daily can help to maintain the body’s overall health and balance.

Interested in learning more about Chinese medicine and acupuncture? Visit Okanagan Acupuncture Centre at our downtown Kelowna location, or contact us for more info!

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