Table 1

Acupuncture points, stimulation, localisation, tissue in which needles are inserted and innervation areas (the two sets will be alternated for every other treatment)

Acupuncture pointStimulationLocalisationMuscleMuscle innervation
Set 1
 CV4,
Guan Yuan
EA3 cun caudal to the umbilicusFibrous tissue, linea albaL1
 CV12,
Zhongwan
EAOn the midline, 4 cun superior to the umbilicusFibrous tissue, linea albaTh7–8
 ST29 Bilateral, Guilai EA1 cun cranial to the pubic bone and 2 cun lateral of the midlineM. rectus abdominisTh6–12
 ST34 Bilateral, Futu EA2 cun above the superior lateral border of the patella on the line connecting the anterior superior iliac spine foundM. quadriceps femorisfemoral nerve
 ST32 Bilateral,
Liangqiu
EA6 cun above the superior lateral border of the patella on the line connecting the anterior superior iliac spine foundM. quadriceps femorisfemoral nerve
 SP6 Bilateral, Sanyinjiao DeQi, four times3 cun proximal to the medial malleolusMm. flexor digitorum longus, tibialis posteriorL4–5, S1–2
 ST36 Bilateral, Zusanli DeQi, four timesOn the anterior lateral side of the leg, 3 cun below Dubi (ST35), one finger width (middle finger) from the anterior crest of the tibiaMusculi tibialis anteriorL4–5, S1
 LI4 Bilateral,
Hegu
DeQi, four timesOn the highest point at m. interosseus dorsalisMm. interosseus dorsalis I, lumbricalis II, adductor pollicisC8, Th1
Set 2
 CV6,
Qihai
EA1.5 cun caudal to the umbilicusFibrous tissue, linea albaTh11
 CV10,
Xiawan
EA2 cun cranial to the umbilicusFibrous tissue, linea albaTh8
 ST27 Bilateral, Daju EA3 cun cranial to the pubic bone and 2 cun lateral to the midlineM. rectus abdominisTh6–12
 Extra meridian point BilateralEA6 cun above the patella in line with SP10M. quadriceps femorisL2–L4
 SP10 Bilateral, Xuehai EAWith the knee flexed, on the medial side of the thigh 2 cun above the superior medial corner of the patella on the prominence of the medial head of the quadriceps muscle of the thighM. quadriceps femorisL2–L4
 ST38 Bilateral, Sanyinjiao DeQi four timesBetween lateral malleolus and knee joint, 1 finger from tibiae cristMusculi tibialis anteriorL4–5, S1
 LR3 Bilateral, Taichong DeQi four timesBetween metatarsal I and II, just distal to the caputM. Interosseus dorsalis IS2–3
 PC6 Bilateral, Neiguan DeQi four times2 cun proximal to the processus styloideus radii, between the tendons of the palmaris longus and the flexor carpi radialisM. flexor digitorum superficialisC8, Th1
  • C, cervical vertebra; CV, conception vessel; EA, electroacupuncture; L, lumbar vertebra; LI, large intestine; LR, liver; PC, pericardium; S, sacral vertebra; SP, spleen; ST, stomach; Th, thoracic vertebra.