In traditional Chinese treatment, the human body represents an energy system through which acupressure (i.e. massaging the 365 acupuncture points), affects the energy flow and the work of the entire organism.


point zu san li

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Zu San Li (36th spot on the stomach meridian, one of the 12 major meridians) is one of the most important acupuncture points of the human body, primarily because it supports the internal energy of the body and our health as the vitality to an older age.

Stimulation of this point can be practiced throughout the year, but its warming (moxyibustia) is particularly useful over the winter. If you massage this point during the winter months you will reduce the effect of the pathogenic cold factor.

Where Is Zu San Li Located On The Body And How To Activate It

Zu San Li is located underneath your kneecap. To find it you should sit properly and cover the kneecap with your palm from the same side. You should use the hand at the same side with your knee (left palm for left knee or right palm for the right knee). The Zu San Li is positioned between the tip of the ring finger and your knee.

Health benefits of massaging this point:

  • Regulates the proper functioning of the kidneys, gastrointestinal tract, adrenal glands, and digestive tract
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Normalizes blood pressure
  • Helps in the treatment of impotence
  • Stops hiccups
  • Aids in the gastritis treatment
  • Alleviates the symptoms of GERD
  • Regulate urine retention
  • Alleviate the side effects of stroke
  • Reduce stress, nervousness, and irritability

You can use one or two fingers for massaging this point, whatever it suits you better. The massage is done clockwise, for a minute or two, every day. However, it is not recommended to massage it just before bedtime.

Reference: ZUSANLI (STOMACH-36)
Acupressure Point ST36: Stomach 36 or Zu San Li