Spotlight on:  Stomach 36 or Zu San Li

Stomach 36:  Zusanli or Leg three mile.
I want to write this blog post, but it has been a long day, and I am tired and not sure if I have it in me…if only I could go for another three miles….

Let me introduce you to Stomach 36, otherwise known as Zusanli, or Leg Three Mile.

Chances are, if you have ever received acupuncture, you have had the point we refer to as Stomach 36 included in your acupuncture or acupressure treatment.   Stomach 36, or Zu San Li, is a powerful and commonly used point located on the outside of your lower leg, just below the knee.

When learning this point,  we learned a traditional story: For one who is so tired and depleted and feel they just cannot continue, stimulate the point Stomach 36 and this will help them continue on for ‘three miles more’.
Traditionally  Stomach 36 is considered one of the most important points to generate Qi, or energy, for the entire body (much like eating and digesting food gives energy).  It is said to help boost the immune system, strengthen the Lungs,  and help with digestive issues.  One of the most well studied points, it has been shown to be effective treating digestive disorders, fatigue, inflammation, stress, depression and anxiety, among other things.  This point packs a powerful punch.

Stomach 36 is located one finger width lateral the anterior (top) crest of the tibia (shin bone).  With your leg straight place your index finger at the base of the outside of your kneecap with your fingers parallel to the ground.  The point is located where you pinky lands, on the outside of the tibia or shin bone in the depression at the crest of the tibia.

Try pressing on the point for a minute or two before getting out of bed in the morning, and before falling to sleep at night.  Do this for a couple of weeks and you should start to notice some positive change.

And if you find you want to write a blog post, or just need an extra push to finish the next thing, try a little acupressure on Stomach 36 and you may just find yourself easily going ‘three miles more’.