How to use Stomach 36, "Zu San Li"

Stomach 36 "Zu San Li"

Stomach 36 “Zu San Li”
Leg Three Miles

Stomach 36 (ST 36) has many uses:

1. To boost the overall Qi (energy) level
2. To boost digestion
3. To soothe digestive complaints
4. To ease any imbalance in the abdomen
Originally points were named rather numbered.
The name of ST 36 is Zu San Li or “Leg Three Miles.” The name impresses upon us how strongly ST 36 boosts the overall Qi. ST 36 increases our energy so much that an exhausted person could actually walk three more miles!

How to locate Stomach 36

ST 36 is located below the knee, on the outside surface of the lower leg. There are many ways to locate ST 36, so here is one of my shortcuts:

  1. With your knee bent feel for your kneecap.
  2. Now feel the center of the lower edge of your knee cap. Continue to slide straight down until you feel a “blob” of bone on the upper portion of your shin bone (tibia).
  3. That blob is your landmark for how far down from the knee to go. Next, move an inch to the outside of that blob into the softer tissue. Press lightly while you explore the area for the point (use the picture above to help locate the point).
  4. The point may feel a little tender to your touch, so increase your pressure gradually. Be sure to stay just an inch away from the blob on your tibia.
  5. Explore, have fun and try to find this point on as many people as you can. It takes practice but you can do it!

To continue learning, check out the “All About the Stomach Meridian” video on demand.

Cindy Black

Cindy Black is the Founder of Big Tree School of Natural Healing and the author of Meridian Massage, Pathways to Vitality. She is appreciated for her ability to make the complex accessible, fun, and practical.


  1. Ann on November 7, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    Do you have any points for light-headedness/vertigo?

    • Cindy Black on November 8, 2017 at 9:06 am

      Hi Ann,
      I like to work on the feet when there are imbalances in the head.
      In order to know the best for you, I recommend that you consult with a practitioner. The first step is to understand your circumstances from the Chinese medical perspective, then we can develop the best Meridian Massage Approach – that is all done best in-person.
      Ask around for an experienced Meridian Massage Practitioner, Acupuncturist or Reflexologist in your area.

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