Press this point for digestive issues, energy boosting, and shin splints
Stomach 36, as you might suspect from the name, is used for digestive issues. For everything from constipation to diarrhea to heartburn to nausea to hiccups, Stomach 36 is a great point to know.
Stomach 36 also helps a wide variety of ailments that have nothing to do with what we traditionally think of as “stomach problems.” The point is indicated for fatigue, dizziness, hypertension, tinnitus, depression, generalized pain, paralysis, chest fullness and palpitations, shortness of breath, chills and fever, urinary tract infections, and many other things.
One of the most popular non-digestive uses for Stomach 36 is to invigorate. Feeling zapped of energy? Unusually tired? Stomach 36 is awesome for this. From an acupuncture perspective, so many ailments—particularly in the west, where we’ve mastered the art of overworking ourselves to the point of exhaustion—stem from an underlying deficiency. Stomach 36 is known as a powerful nourishing point that can help boost energy.
Another common use for Stomach 36: shin splints. Long-distance runners can benefit greatly from this point because of its local effect on the legs combined with the energy-boosting effects on the whole body.
Stomach 36 is located on the front of the lower leg. To find it, place the top edge of your index finger at the bottom edge of your patella on the knee. Stomach 36 is located about a hand length—so, even with the bottom edge of your pinky finger—just outside the prominent tibia bone on your lower leg. Feel around in that muscular part of your leg until you find a spot that’s slightly tender. When acupuncturists needle this point, it can produce a strong sensation that travels down the leg. Sometimes you can recreate that with acupressure.
This part of the body can usually handle some pretty firm pressure, so put a little muscle into Stomach 36. Press for 1-2 minute increments on one or both sides. If you’re using Stomach 36 for a leg issue, like shin splints, choose the side on which you’re having pain.