Two points to relieve knee pain

picture of Xi Yan Extra Points

Extra point Xi Yan “Eyes of the Knee”


“Eyes of the Knee” are two local points used to reduce knee pain.

These points are located just below the patella (knee cap) on either side of the big patellar tendon.
ST 35 is on the lateral (outside) edge, and the extra point “Xi Yan” is on the medial (inside) edge. These points together are called “Eyes of the Knee.”

How to locate these points:

With the knee bent feel for the patella (knee cap). Next, slide your first and second fingers down toward the feet. You will fall off of the patella and into two pronounced dips – this is ST 35 and Xi Yan. These points are on both legs.

How to use these points:

Apply gentle pressure (never cause any pain) and just a tiny bit of movement to help reduce knee pain. These two points alone will not necessarily resolve all of the knee pain, as they are meant to be used in conjunction with the rest of your approach.  Regardless of the methods you use for reducing knee pain, adding these points in will support your other work.
To continue learning, check out the “Reduce Knee Pain” 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. Tracey Sciarra on June 14, 2022 at 12:44 am

    Can this translate over to dogs?

    • Cindy Black on June 15, 2022 at 11:42 am

      Yes- any of the points can applied to dogs, cats, horses etc
      You can find charts of points for specific animals by just searching for “point chart for dogs” on the web.

      – Cindy

  2. Suzette Roth on July 11, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    Cindy is one of my greatest teachers. I truly attribute my love and practice in Chinese Medicine and Meridian massage to Cindy. Love her light heartedness. (iS there a point for eyes this print is way tooo small)❤️

    • Cindy Black on July 12, 2017 at 7:38 am

      Dear Suzette,
      Thank you for your beautiful note – you warm my heart. It is wonderful to share the path of wonder and healing with you.
      Gallbladder 37! 🙂

  3. JoAnn Gonzalez on July 27, 2016 at 1:13 am

    I’d like more information about your school please.

  4. Tara Allen on May 26, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    Understanding a bit of the anatomy of the knee, I think will be a good way to relieve some of my knee pain. Using some DIY tips, I hope will be a good help in reducing some of the pressure that my knees have built-up. That really is awesome that reducing knee pain in the the points that you suggested can help support other work that you do.

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