Common Acupuncture Points

  • Pictures and descriptions of some of our favorite acupuncture points
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Lung Channel

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Lung 1 (Zhong-fu)

  • Uses: alarm point for lungs; cough, heaves, shoulder pain, chest pain
  • Dr. Reed commonly uses this point for patients with local stiffness through the chest or shoulder and for allergies and cough.
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Lung 11 (Shao-shang)

  • Uses: laminitis, ringbone, cough and allergies
  • Dr. Reed commonly uses this point for patients with local pain, such as laminitis, and respiratory issues.

Large Intestine Channel

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Large Intestine 1 (Shang-yang)

  • Uses: front limb lameness, shoulder pain, navicular disease, laminitis, ring bone
  • Dr. Reed commonly uses this point (shown in red) for patients with general front limb lameness or for local pain due to laminitis or caudal heel pain. Location shown in comparison with LU 11 (in purple).
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Large Intestine 4 (He-gu)

  • Uses: master point for face and mouth; dental pain, anhidrosis (“nonsweater”), flexor tendinitis ⠀
  • Dr. Reed commonly uses this point for patients with local tendon injuries, dental and TMJ pain, and anhidrosis.
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Large Intestine 11 (Qu-chi)

  • Uses: dental pain, elbow pain, radial nerve injury, immune modulation and anti-inflammatory
  • Dr. Reed commonly uses this point for patients with local elbow pain and dental pain and for general anti-inflammatory protocols. It is also useful for acute radial nerve injury cases.
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Large Intestine 15 (Jian-jing)

  • Uses: shoulder pain⠀
  • Dr. Reed commonly uses this point for patients with shoulder pain and stiffness in combination with TH 14 (shown in blue).
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Large Intestine 20 (Ying-xiang)

  • Uses: Nasal congestion, cough, sinusitis, facial nerve damage
  • Dr. Reed commonly uses this point for patients with allergies and/or a cough (which is often thanks to Texas allergens).

Stomach Channel

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Stomach 7 (Xia-guan)

  • Uses: TMJ pain, facial nerve damage, stomach pain
  • Dr. Reed commonly uses this point for horses with acute or chronic TMJ pain.
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Stomach 36 (Hou-san-li)

  • Uses: master point for GI tract and abdomen; stomach pain, impaction colic, diarrhea, general weakness⠀
  • Dr. Reed commonly uses this point for patients with local pain and inflammation in the stifle and gastric ulcers (along with medical and dietary management). It is also beneficially for patients with a general lack of energy.

Spleen Channel

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Spleen 6 (San-yin-jiao)

  • Uses: master point for abdomen and urogenital tract; diarrhea, infertility, urinary incontinence ⠀
  • Dr. Reed commonly uses this point for patients with local pain and inflammation in the hind limb and anhidrosis (not sweating appropriately). It is also used for broodmare patients before breeding, especially if there is a history of infertility.

Heart Channel (coming soon)

Small Intestine Channel

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Small Intestine 3 (Qian-chan-wan)

  • Uses: Fetlock pain, local flexor tendinitis, cervical stiffness, shoulder pain, back pain⠀
  • Dr. Reed commonly uses this point for horses with local pain and inflammation in the fetlock or flexor tensions and for cervical pain and stiffness. It is often paired with LI 3 on the inside of the front leg.

Bladder Channel (coming soon)

Kidney Channel

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Kidney 1 (Hou-jiu)

  • Uses: hind limb pain or neurological dysfunction, caudal heel pain, laminitis, infertility, urinary incontinence
  • Dr. Reed commonly uses this point for patients with general hind limb pain, hind limb ataxia (neurological dysfunction), and local pain due to navicular disease or laminitis.
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Kidney 3 (Tai-xi)

  • Uses: reproductive problems, urinary tract issues, back pain
  • Dr. Reed commonly uses this point for broodmare patients with infertility and for patients with back pain.
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Kidney 27 (Shu-fu)

  • Uses: cough, chest pain, heaves
  • Dr. Reed commonly uses this point for patients with stiffness through the chest, allergies and cough, and lumbar (low back) pain in conjunction with local lumbar points.

Pericardium Channel (coming soon)

Triple Heater Channel (coming soon)

Gallbladder Channel

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Gallbladder 1 (Tai-yang)

  • Uses: Head shaking, anhidrosis, conjunctivitis
  • Dr. Reed commonly uses this point for horses with anhidrosis during our hot and humid seasons and for horses with ocular pathologies (such as uveitis or corneal ulcers) in conjunction with their primary care vet’s medical treatments. In addition, this point is useful for horses with hip pain as the Gallbladder meridian goes around the horse’s hip joint.
  • *Fun fact: Horses do not have a gallbladder!

Liver Channel (coming soon)

Extra Channels & Classical Acupoints

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Governing Vessel 24 (Da-feng-men)

  • Uses: Nasal congestion, seizure, headache, shen disturbances, hyperactivity.
  • Dr. Reed commonly uses this point to help calm the minds of nervous, anxious, and/or hyper-excitable patients. This is often the first point placed.
  • * AKA the "unicorn point"