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Spooky Points!

Happy Halloween! I thought it might be fun to share a little acupuncture theory on this holiday. Did you know there are a set of points called ghost points? These were first written about by the 7th century Chinese physician Sun Si-Miao. He was considered China’s king of medicine in the Sui and Tang dynasties.

Sun Si-Miao came up with this list of ghost points to help treat mental health conditions. At the time, mental health conditions were thought to be caused by the possession of spirits, hence the name ghost points. Many of the points share functions of clearing heat, wind, and phlegm, and anchoring yang qi. They can help calm anxiety and dizziness, and in more extreme cases can be used to treat mania, bipolar disorder, epilepsy, and schizophrenia.

Here is a list of the points and their corresponding names. Oftentimes, the name of an acupuncture point can tell you a lot about its location and/or function in the body. What do you think about these points based on their names?

DU-16 Ghost Pillow

DU-23 Ghost Hall

DU-26 Ghost Palace

Ren-1 Ghost Store

Ren-24 Ghost Market

LU-11 Ghost Faith

LI-11 Ghost Leg

ST-6 Ghost’s Bed

SP-1 Ghost Fortress

PC-7 Ghost Heart

PC-8 Ghost Cave

UB-62 Ghost Path

Guifeng (extra point) Ghost Seal


Deadman, P., Al-Khafaji, M., & Baker, K. (2015). A manual of acupuncture.


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