Zu San Li is located just below the knee, in the flesh just to the outside of the shin-bone, and is very easy to locate. The official location of ST36 (Leg Three Li) is: three cun below the lower border of the patella (the depression just lateral to the patellar tendon), one finger-breadth lateral to the anterior crest of the tibia.
Zu San Li is one of the most famous and widely used points of all acupuncture points. This acupoint is truly the “rock-star” of the pathway systems. Zu San Li the 36th point on the Stomach meridian. The translation means leg three mile. It is said that its name was derived from the legend according to which a weary traveler (during the time when travel was predominantly on foot) who would stimulated Zu San Li and proceed to become energized enough to be able easily to journey an additional three miles.
Zu San Li is the single best acupoint that will rectify any deficient state. Traditionally, ST 36 benefits the ST/SP, tonifies Qi and blood, regulates ying and wei Qi, regulates the intestines, regulates the reproductive system, one of few points that builds qi and blood, major point for building wei qi (Immune System), and is considered a major point for digestion.
Harmonizes The Stomach Regulates the Spleen Supports the Correct Qi Regulates Qi Cools Fire Activates the Channel Revives the Yang Revives Consciousness Drains Damp Calms the Spirit Nourishes Blood Nourishes Yin Strengthens Original Qi Alleviates Pain Builds qi and blood; builds wei qi; digestive problems; regulates the intestines; with BL-20 to build SP qi; BL-23 to build Ki qi