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Acupuncture First-Aid

The acupuncture point Zu San Li is translated as "Leg Three Mile". The name of the point indicates why it is used. In this case, it can be used to help boost energy to walk another three miles.


The point is known as Stomach 36, or ST36, and acupuncture students in the West use this ST36 nomenclature when they are learning the location and actions of the point. The element corresponding to the point is Earth.


Zu San Li is a major point on the body, located on the Stomach Yangming meridian, lateral of the tibia just below the patella, or kneecap. It has been shown in research studies to boost the white blood cell count of the body, thus strengthening the immune system.


Acupuncturists use this point to boost a patient's immunity, prevent disease, maintain health and help with digestive issues such as nausea, vomiting, slow digestion, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea and many others. Usually ST36 is combined with other points in the body with an acupuncture treatment. It is a point that accesses the Sea of Nourishment.


Applying massage or acupressure to the point helps with nausea. Just press and rub it for a few minutes when feeling queasy.


Beth A. Mills is a licensed acupuncturist and board-certified herbalist. For more information, visit