Shu Points

The 5 Elements / 5 Shu Points E/M11

Each channel has five shu points that connect it with the energy of each element. The first two shu points are the two most distal points on each channel.

  • The first most distal is called the Jing Well point.
  • The second most distal is the Ying spring point.
  • For all channels other than GB the third most distal point is a called the Shu Stream point.
  • Near the wrist and ankle are the Jing River points
  • Near the elbow and knee are the He Sea points.

Each type of point, for example the Jing Well point, on each channel has similar effects.

In this balance we select one type of point (see list of the 5 shu points below – eg. Jing Well) and balance this point on each channel.

ModeBalanceBalance for
Shu Points
Jing Well Ying Spring Shu Stream Jing River He Sea
Jing Well (most distal)
Jing Well Clearing heat restoring consciousness rescuing collapse excess and heat from distal end of channel Stagnation and fullness in chest Disorders of the spirit
Ying Spring (2nd most distal)
Heat in body Diseases of the yang channels zang pathogens along channel and at distal end
Shu Stream (3rd most distal except GB41)
For Yin channels – for tonifying and harmonising their respective zang yin organsFor yang channels – treat disorders of their channel (not the fu) Heaviness of the body and pain of the joints Intermittent diseases such as malaria
Jing River
Short breath and asthma Speech and voice Sinews and bones
He Sea
Disorders of the stomach and intestines Eating and drinking Points on knee influence the fu (yang organs) Skin disorders


  1. Verbally challenge for priority type of point or select type of point that corresponds to issue (eg. He Sea points or Jing Well points)
  2. Hold point/s of that type

Alternative Procedure

Can also balance an element and challenge for the element

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coloured groups:
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