‘Zusanli’ the Acupuncture Point for Overall Wellness and Vitality

January 12, 2015 Updated: January 13, 2015

Stomach 36, called ‘Zusanli’ in Chinese and ‘Leg Three Miles’ in English, is the point I recommend most often for my patients to use at home with acupressure. Acupressure is pressure applied to an acupuncture point. In the office, acupuncturists also rely on this point; it is an extremely popular spot to needle during a treatment. Certainly, it is one of my top choices. Why?

Stomach 36 is a hugely important point in promoting overall wellness and vitality. As the name indicates, Stomach 36 is excellent for treating almost any digestive complaint as well as increasing energy and boosting your immune system to help fight off colds, coughs and flu. So everyone can benefit from rubbing famous point.

Right leg, right hand, St36 (tcm007.com)

Here is the best way to find Stomach 36:  On the front of your lower leg, the point is about a hand length below your knee cap. You’ll feel a bump on your shin, the tibia bone, called the tibial tuberosity. About one finger lateral to the tibia is stomach 36, refer to the photo.

Rub this point when your stomach feels upset or you need a boost. Use it everyday to enhance your well being. Even better, visit your local acupuncturist and get Stomach 36 needled!


Jennifer Dubowsky, LAc, is a licensed acupuncturist with a practice in downtown Chicago, Illinois, since 2002. Dubowsky earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from University of Illinois in Chicago and her Master of Science degree in Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College in Boulder, Colorado. During her studies, she completed an internship at the Sino-Japanese Friendship Hospital in Beijing, China. Dubowsky has researched and written articles on Chinese medicine and has given talks on the topic. She maintains a popular blog about health and Chinese medicine at Acupuncture Blog Chicago. Adventures in Chinese Medicine is her first book. You can find her at www.tcm007.com.

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