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SP1 Yinbai

Hidden White 


SP1 Location

On the medial side of the big toe, 0.1 cun from the corner of the nail


SP1 Needling

Perpendicular or oblique insertion directed proximally 0.1-0.2 cun or prick to bleed


SP1 Contraindications

Contraindicated in pregnancy

Moxa typically used for uterine bleeding or SP Qi Xu, but if there is bleeding from the head do not use moxa, prick to bleed instead


SP1 Associations

Jing Well

Wood Point

Ghost Point

Entry Point from ST42 Chongyang


SP1 TCM Patterns

SP Not Controlling the Blood


SP1 TCM Actions

Stops bleeding

Regulates the spleen

Unbinds the chest

Calms the heart and spirit

Restores consciousness



SP1 Indications

Conditions / Symptoms:

Vomit blood/ nosebleed

Anorexia Nervosa

Menorrhagia (Heavy Menstrual Bleeding)/ Mental disorders related to heat

Pregnancy contraindicated


Blood in urine/stools

Loss of consciousness

EPF (absence sweat)



Any Bleeding Issues, esp. from SP Deficiency - famous for uterine bleeding (with LV1), reckless bleeding, hemorrhage, blood in the urine/stools, nosebleed



SP1 Neuroanatomy

Superficial Innervation: Superficial peroneal nerve from L4 - S1
Dermatome Segment: L4


SP1 Notes

The first trinity of ghost points, consisting of this point, Shaoshang Lu-11 and Renzhong Du-26, represent the initial stages of being taken over. Being at the peripheries of the body they are aimed at expelling the influence before it takes hold. 

Its Ghost Point name, Guilei, Ghost Fortress, indicates that at this stage is when depression and withdrawal begins to settle in as the ghost erects a barrier to the outside world. Its other name Guiyan, Ghost Eye, reflects this depressive phase in that you now start to see like the ghost. 
Other symptoms may include a heaviness on the chest causing sleepiness but restless dreaming when asleep, known as Guiza, the Ghost sitting on your Chest. 

This is the first of the Ghost Points that is treated with moxa, due to the ghosts Yin nature (Yuen, 2005, 3 Spirits & 7 Souls).


SP1 Nearby Points

LV1 - On the lateral aspect of the big toe, 0.1 cun from the corner of the nail


SP2 Dadu

Great Metropolis


SP2 Location

On the medial side of the big toe, in the depression distal and inferior to the first metatarsophalangeal joint


SP2 Needling

Oblique inferior insertion 0.3-0.5 cun


SP2 Associations

Ying Spring 

Fire Point

(Mother Point of SP Channel)


SP2 TCM Patterns

SP & ST Damp Heat


SP2 TCM Actions

Regulates SP

Resolves dampness and damp-heat

Harmonizes the middle-jiao and clears heat 


SP2 Indications

Conditions / Symptoms:

Heart Pain

EPF (absence sweating)

Abdominal Pain


Swelling of body and limbs



Lumbar Pain 


Gout - painful obstructions

With SP 3 tonify SP organ - abdominal distention, diarrhea and/or heart pain.




SP2 Neuroanatomy

Superficial Innervation: Superficial peroneal nerve from L4 - S1
Dermatome Segment: L4


SP2 Notes

In five element acupuncture this point is reinforced to tonify Spleen deficiencies.


SP2 Nearby Points

Bafeng - On the dorsum of the foot, between the webbing and the metatarsophalangeal joints (4 each foot)

LV2 - On the dorsum of the foot between the 1st and 2nd toes, 0.5 cun proximal to the margin of the web


SP3 Taibai

Supreme White 


SP3 Location

On the medial side of the foot in a depression proximal and inferior to the head of the first metatarsal bone, on the border of red and white skin


SP3 Needling

Perpendicular 0.5 - 1 cun


SP3 Associations

Shu Stream

Earth Point

Yuan Source Point



SP3 TCM Patterns

  1. Spleen Qi Xu
  2. Spleen Yang Xu
  3. Spleen Unable to Control Blood
  4. Spleen Invasion by Damp-Cold
  5. Stomach Yin Deficiency




SP3 TCM Actions

Tonifies SP and resolves dampness and heat

Harmonzies SP and ST

Regulates Qi


SP3 Indications

Conditions / Symptoms:

Heart Disease

Epigastric Pain

Abdominal Pain

Digestive Issues

Muscle Weakness

EPF - fullness, oppression, heavy head



Pain of the knee and thigh, joint pains, lumbar pain, atrophy disorder.

SP Qi and Yang Deficiency, especially those with excess pathologies - abdominal a/or epigastric pain, digestive issues, heart pain.

Main treatment point of Lung Sho pattern (with LU 9) - in Japanese style Five Phasetreatment protocol. Also the main point of Spleen Sho pattern (with PC 7).


SP3 Neuroanatomy

Superficial Innervation: Superficial peroneal nerve from L4 - S1
Dermatome Segment: L4


SP3 Trigger Point

Muscle: Flexor hallucis brevis
Myotome Innervation: Medial plantar nerve from tibial nerve from sciatic nerve (L4 - S3)
Pain Referral Pattern: To head of first metatarsal with spillover to great toe
Indications: Diseases of the foot