By Sara Calabro
Welcome to the second installment of “Why Are You Doing That Point?” This ongoing series explains the locations and common uses of popular acupuncture points.
Last time we looked at Liver 3 and Large Intestine 4, two points that frequently come together in a combination called Four Gates.
This time we’ll look at Stomach 36.
Stomach 36—also known as Zusanli (Chinese name), Leg Three Mile (English translation) and ST36 (acupuncturist lingo)—is located on the shin. It’s found about a hand length below the patella, just outside the prominent tibia bone (see picture below). Having this point needled often produces a strong sensation that sometimes travels down the leg. Keep reading