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Under this page have assembled maps of all the meridians of Chinese acupuncture. These include the 12 main meridians plus their inner pathways and the 8 extra meridians. Maps showing body areas such as head or legs are also included in order to focus directly on an anatomical region rather than on a whole meridian.

The lung meridian of hand-taiyin originates from the middle energizer, running downward to connect with the large intestine. Winding back, it goes along the upper﹛orifice of the stomach, passes through the diaphragm, and enters the lung, its pertaining organ. From the lung system, which refers to the portion of the lung communicating with the throat, it comes out transversely. Descending along the medial aspect of the upper arm, it goes continuously downward along the anterior border of the radial side in the medial aspect of the forearm and enters cunkou. Passing the thenar eminence, it goes along its radial border, ending at the medial side of the tip of the thumb.

The Lung Meridian of Hand-Taiyin

The branch proximal to the wrist emerges and runs directly to the radial side of the tip of the index finger and ends at the medial side of the tip of the index finger where it links with the large intestine meridian.

  • Lieque(LU7)
  • Shaoshang(LU11)
  • Xiabai(LU4)
  • Chize(LU5)
  • Yunmen(LU2)
  • Tianfu(LU3)
  • Zhongfu(LU1)
  • Yuji(LU10)
  • Jingqu(LU8)
  • Kongzui(LU6)
  • Taiyuan(LU9)
  • The large intestine meridian starts from the tip of the index finger. It runs upward along the radial side of the index finger and passes through the interstice of the first and second metacarpal bones, dipping into the depression between the tendons of m. extensor pollicis longus and brevis. Following the lateral anterior aspect of the forearm, it reaches the lateral side of the elbow where it ascends along the lateral anterior aspect of the upper arm to the highest point of the shoulder. Along the anterior border of the acromion, it goes up to the seventh cervical vertebra and descends to the supraclavicular fossa to connect with the lung. It then passes through the diaphragm and enters the large intestine to which it pertains.

    The Large Intestine Meridian of Hand-Yangming

    The branch from the supraclavicular fossa runs upward to the neck, passes through the cheek and enters the gums of the lower teeth. Then it curves around the upper lip and crosses the opposite meridian at the philtrum on the governor vessel and upward to both sides of the nose to connect with the stomach meridian

  • Pianli(LI6)
  • Yingxiang(LI20)
  • Kouheliao(LI19)
  • Futu(LI18)
  • Tianding(LI17)
  • Jugu(LI16)
  • Jianyu(LI15)
  • Binao(LI14)
  • Shouwuli(LI13)
  • Zhouliao(LI12)
  • Quchi(LI11)
  • Sanjian(LI3)
  • Shousanli(LI10)
  • Shanglian(LI9)
  • Xialian(LI8)
  • Wenliu (LI7)
  • Yangxi(LI5)
  • Hegu(LI4)
  • Erjian(LI2)
  • Shangyang(LI1)
  • The stomach meridian starts from the lateral side of ala nasi. From there it descends to the bridge of the nose and meets with the bladder meridian. Then it turns downward along the lateral side of the nose and enters the upper gum. After reemergence, it curves around the lips and descends to meet with the conception vessel at the mentolabial groove where it runs posterolaterally across the lower portion of the cheek at Daying (ST 5). It then winds along the angle of the mandible and ascends in front of the ear and traverses Shangguan (GB 3). Following the anterior hairline, it reaches the forehead.

    The Stomach Meridian of Foot-Yangming

    The spleen meridian starts from the tip of the great toe. From there it runs along the medial aspect of the foot at the junction of the red and white skin. Then it ascends in front of the medial malleolus up to the medial aspect of the leg (an area 8 cun above the medial malleolus). Following the posterior aspect of the tibia, it crosses and goes in front of the liver meridian. Passing through the anterior medial aspect of the knee and thigh, it enters the abdomen and then the spleen to which it pertains and connects with the stomach. From there it ascends, passing through the diaphragm and running alongside the esophagus. When it reaches the root of the tongue it spreads over its lower surface.

    The Spleen Meridian of Foot-Taiyin

    The branch from the stomach goes upward through the diaphragm and flows into the heart to connect with the heart meridian.

    Associated viscera: Spleen, stomach and heart.

    Associated organs: Throat and tongue.

    Indications:Disorders of the spleen and stomach, gynecological diseases, genital problems and diseases involving the areas through which the meridian flows.

  • Dabao(SP21)
  • Zhourong(SP20)
  • Xiongxiang(SP19)
  • Tianxi(SP18)
  • Shidou(SP17)
  • Fu'ai(SP16)
  • Daheng(SP15)
  • Fujie(SP14)
  • Fushe(SP13)
  • Chongmen(SP12)
  • Jimen(SP11)
  • Xuehai(SP10)
  • Yinlingquan(SP9)
  • Diji(SP8)
  • Lougu(SP7)
  • The heart meridian orginates from the heart. It emerges and spreads over the heart system. It passes through the diaphragm to connect with the small intestine. The exteriorly running part runs from the heart system to the lung. Then it turns downward and emerges from the axilla. From there it goes along the posterior﹛border of the medial aspect of the upper arm and down to the cubital fossa. Then it descends along the posterior border of the medial aspect of the forearm to the pisiform region proximal to the palm and enters the palm. There it follows the medial aspect of the little finger to its tip and links with the small intestine meridian.

    The Heart Meridian of Hand-Shaoyin

    The branch from the heart system runs alongside the esophagus to connect with the eye system.

    ociated viscera: Heart, small intestine and lung.

    ociated organs: Eye system, tongue, throat and larynx.

    ications:Disorders of the heart and chest and mental problems as well as diseases involving the regions covered by the meridian in cyclical flowing.

  • Shaochong(HT9)
  • Shaofu(HT8)
  • Shenmen(HT7)
  • Yinxi(HT6)
  • Tongili(HT5)
  • Lingdao(HT4)
  • Shaohai(HT3)
  • Qingling(HT2)
  • Jiquan(HT1)
  • The small intestine meridian starts from the ulnar side of the tip of the little finger. Following the ulnar side of the dorsum of the hand, it reaches the wrist where it emerges from the styloid process of the ulna. From there it ascends along the posterior aspect of the forearm, passes between the olecranon of the ulna and the medial epicondyle of the humerus, and runs along the posterior border of the lateral aspect of the upper arm to the shoulder joint. Circling around the scapular region, it converges over the shoulder and then turns downward to the supra-clavicular fossa to connect with the heart. From there it descends along the esophagus, passes through the diaphragm, reaches the stomach, and finally enters the small intestine.

    The Small Intestine Meridian of Hand-Taiyin

    The branch from the supraclavicular fossa ascends to the neck, and further to the cheek. Then it reaches the outer canthus and enters the ear.

    The other branch from the cheeks runs upward to the infraorbital region and further to the lateral side of the nose and inner canthus to connect with the bladder meridian.

  • Tinggong(SI19)
  • Quanliao(SI18)
  • Tianrong(SI17)
  • Tianchuang(SI16)
  • Jianzhongshu(SI15)
  • Jianwaishu(SI14)
  • Quyuan(SI13)
  • Bingfeng(SI12)
  • Tianzong(SI11)
  • Naoshu(SI10)
  • Jianzhen(SI9)
  • Xiaohai(SI8)
  • Zhizheng(SI7)
  • Yanglao(SI6)
  • Yanggu(SI5)
  • Wangu(SI4)
  • Houxi(SI3)
  • Qiangu(SI2)
  • Shaoze(SI1)
  • The bladder meridian starts from the inner canthus, ascends to the forehead and joins the governor vessel at the vertex. From there it enters the brain, reemerges and runs superficially from the vertex to the medial side of the scapular region. Then it runs to the loins along the spinal column and enters the abdominal cavity from the deep layer of muscles to link with the kidney and joins the bladder to which it pertains.

    The Urinary Bladder Meridian of Foot-Taiyang

    The kidney meridian starts from the inferior aspect of the small toe and runs obliquely towards the sole. Emerging from the lower aspect of the tuberosity of the navicular bone and running behind the medial malleolus, it enters the heel. From there it ascends along the medial side of the leg to the medial side of the popliteal fossa and goes further upward along the posteromedial aspect of the thigh towards the vertebral column where it enters the kidney to which it pertains, and connects with the bladder. The straight portion of the meridian emerges from the kidney, ascending and passing through the liver and diaphragm. Then it enters the lung, runs along the throat and terminates beside the root of the tongue.

    The Kidney Meridian of Foot-Shaoyin

    The pericardium meridian originates from the chest. Emerging, it enters its pertaining organ, the pericardium. Then, it descends through the diaphragm to the abdomen, connecting successively with the upper, middle and lower energizers.

    A branch arising from the chest runs inside the chest, emerges from the costal region at a point 3 cun below the anterior axillary fold and ascends to the axilla. It further runs downward to the forearm between the two tendons and reaches the palm where it passes along the middle finger right down to its tip.

    A branch arising from the chest runs inside the chest, emerges from the costal region at a point 3 cun below the anterior axillary fold and ascends to the axilla.

    The Pericardium Meridian of Hand-Jueyin

    It further runs downward to the forearm between the two tendons and reaches the palm where it passes along the middle finger right down to its tip.

    Associated viscera: Pericardium and triple energizer.

    Indications:Disorders of the heart, chest, stomach and mind as well as diseases involving the regions covered by the cyclical flowing of the meridian.

  • Zhongchong(PC9)
  • Laogong(PC8)
  • Daling(PC7)
  • Neiguan(PC6)
  • Jianshi(PC5)
  • Ximen(PC4)
  • Quze(PC3)
  • Tianquan(PC2)
  • Tianchi(PC1)
  • The triple energizer meridian originates from the tip of the ring finger and runs upward between the fourth and fifth metacarpal bones along the dorsal aspect of the wrist to the lateral aspect of the forearm between the radius and ulna. Then it passes through the olecranon along the lateral aspect of the upper arm and reaches the shoulder region. It moves forward into the supraclavicular fossa and spreads in the chest to connect with the pericardium. Then it descends through the diaphragm down to the abdo-men to join the upper, middle and lower energizers.

    The Sanjiao Meridian of Hand-Shaoyang

    The gallbladder meridian starts from the outer can-thus, ascends to the corner of the forehead, curves downward to the retroauricular region and runs along the side of the neck in front of the triple energizer meridian. Then it turns back, traverses and passes behind the triple energizer meridian down to the supraclavicular fossa. From there it runs downward from the supraclavicular fossa, passes in front of the axilla along the lateral aspect of the chest and through the free ends of the floating ribs to the hip region where it meets the previous branch and descends along the lateral aspect of the thigh to the lateral side of the knee. Then it goes further downward along the anterior aspect of the fibula all the way to its lower end, reaching the anterior aspect of the external malleolus. Finally it runs along the dorsum of the foot to the lateral side of the tip of the fourth toe.

    The Gall Bladder Meridian of Foot-Shaoyang

    The liver meridian starts from the dorsal hairy region of the great toe. From there it begins to run upward along the dorsum of the foot. Passing through Zhongfeng (LR 4) and 1 cun in front of the medial malleolus, it ascends to an area 8 cun above the medial malleolus, where it runs across and behind the spleen meridian. Then it runs fur-ther upward to the medial side of the knees and along the medial aspect of the thigh to the pubic hair region. From there it curves around the external genitalia and goes up to the lower abdomen. It then runs upward and curves around the stomach to enter into the liver to which it pertains to link with the gallbladder. From there it continues to ascend to pass through the diaphragm and branch out in the costal and hypochondriac region. Then it ascends along the posterior aspect of the throat to the nasopharynx and connects with the eye system. Running further up-ward, it emerges from the forehead and links with the governor vessel at the vertex.

    The Liver Meridian of Foot-Jueyin

    The branch arising from the eye system runs down-ward into the cheek and curves around the inner surface of the lips.

    Another branch arising from the liver passes through the diaphragm and runs into the lung to connect with the lung meridian.

    Associated viscera: Liver, gallbladder, lung and stomach.

    Associated organs: Genitalia, throat, pharynx, eyes and mouth.

    Indications: Liver disease, gynecological disease, enitalia disorder and other diseases involving the areas through which the meridian flows.

  • Qimen(LR14)
  • Zhangmen(LR13)
  • Jimai(LR12)
  • Yinlian(LR11)
  • Zuwuli(LR10)
  • Yinbao(LR9)
  • Ququan(LR8)
  • Xiguan(LR7)
  • Zhongdu(LR6)
  • Ligou(LR5)
  • Zhongfeng(LR4)
  • Taichong(LR3)
  • Xingjian (LR2)
  • Dadun(LR1)
  • The governor vessel starts from the uterus, runs downward to the central region of the pelvis around the genitals and into the external orifice of the urethra in women and around penis in men. It joins the conception and thoroughfare vessels over perineum, passes by the anus, moves upward from inside the coccyx and sacrum, and enters the brain from Fengfu (GV 16). The external portion runs to the lower end of the nose bridge from the vertex through the forehead and ends at the gum. The first branch runs side by side with the kidney meridian, enters the spine from the coccyx and sacrum region and links with the kidney. The second branch runs side by side with the trunk of the bladder meridian, ascends from the inner canthus, reaches the vertex and links with the brain. Then it runs downward the neck beside the spine, reaches the waist, enters the muscles beside the spine, connects with the kidney and joins the branches of the bladder and kidney meridians in the kidney. The third branch arises directly from the uterus and through the umbilicus. Then it passes through the heart, enters the throat, comes to the mandible, runs around the lips and ends below the eyes

    The Du Meridian

    Associated viscera: Heart, kidney, brain and marrow.

    Associated organs: Nose, eyes, lips, throat, genitalia and anus.

    Indications:Mental problems, febrile disease, disorders of the lumbosacral region, back and head as well as diseases of the related viscera.

  • Duiduan(GV27)
  • Shuigou(GV26)
  • Suliao(GV25)
  • Shenting(GV24)
  • Shangxing(GV23)
  • Xinhui(GV22)
  • Qianding(GV21)
  • Baihui(GV20)
  • Houding(GV19)
  • Qiangjian(GV18)
  • Naohu(GV17)
  • Fengfu(GV16)
  • Yamen(GV15)
  • Dazhui(GV14)
  • Taodao(GV13)
  • Shenzhu(GV12)
  • Shendao(GV11)
  • Lingtai(GV10)
  • Zhiyang(GV9)
  • Jinsuo(GV8)
  • Zhongshu(GV7)
  • Jizhong(GV6)
  • Xuanshu(GV5)
  • Mingmen(GV4)
  • Yaoyangguan(GV3)
  • Yaoshu(GV2)
  • Changqiang(GV1)
  • Yinjiao (GV28)
  • The governor vessel starts from the uterus, runs downward to the central region of the pelvis around the genitals and into the external orifice of the urethra in women and around penis in men. It joins the conception and thoroughfare vessels over perineum, passes by the anus, moves upward from inside the coccyx and sacrum, and enters the brain from Fengfu (GV 16). The external portion runs to the lower end of the nose bridge from the vertex through the forehead and ends at the gum. The first branch runs side by side with the kidney meridian, enters the spine from the coccyx and sacrum region and links with the kidney. The second branch runs side by side with the trunk of the bladder meridian, ascends from the inner canthus, reaches the vertex and links with the brain. Then it runs downward the neck beside the spine, reaches the waist, enters the muscles beside the spine, connects with the kidney and joins the branches of the bladder and kidney meridians in the kidney. The third branch arises directly from the uterus and through the umbilicus. Then it passes through the heart, enters the throat, comes to the mandible, runs around the lips and ends below the eyes

    The Ren Meridian

    Associated viscera: Heart, kidney, brain and marrow.

    Associated organs: Nose, eyes, lips, throat, genitalia and anus.

    Indications: Mental problems, febrile disease, disorders of the lumbosacral region, back and head as well as diseases of the related viscera.

  • Chengjiang(CV24)
  • Lianquan(CV23)
  • Tiantu(CV22)
  • Xuanji(CV21)
  • Huagai(CV20)
  • Zigong(CV19)
  • Yutang(CV18)
  • Danzhong(CV17)
  • Zhongting(CV16)
  • Jiuwei(CV15)
  • Juque(CV14)
  • Shangwan(CV13)
  • Zhongwan(CV12)
  • Jianli(CV11)
  • Xiawan(CV10)
  • Shuifen(CV9)
  • Shenque(CV8)
  • Yinjiao(CV7)
  • Qihai(CV6)
  • Shimen(CV5)
  • Guanyuan(CV4)
  • Zhongji(CV3)
  • Qugu(CV2)
  • Huiyin(CV1)
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