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Table 3 Acupoint form

From: Acupuncture lowering blood pressure for secondary prevention of stroke: a study protocol for a multicenter randomized controlled trial

Treatment methods Points Location Acupuncture method
Acupuncture method of HuoXueSanFeng Renying (ST9) In the neck next to the thyroid cartilage, the anterior border of sternocleidomastoid, at the common carotid artery pulsation site Using the twisting technique of the reinforcing method of the second definition from Xue-min Shi academician, namely low amplitude (torsional amplitude less than 90°), high-frequency (120–160 times/min), the operation lasting for 1 min
Hegu (LI4) In the back of the hand, between the first and second metacarpals, at the midpoint of the second metacarpal radially Using the twisting technique of the first definition of the reducing method from Xue-min Shi, academician
Taichong (LR3) In the dorsum of the foot, at the head of the first metatarsal space Using the twisting technique of the first definition of the reducing method from Xue-min Shi, academician
Quchi (LI11) In the lateral end of the cubital crease, at the midpoint of the ligature between the end point of the cubital crease and the lateral epicondyle of the humerus with the elbow bent Using the twisting technique of the first definition of the reinforcing method from Xue-min Shi, academician
  Zusanli (ST36) In the anterior lateral of crus, 3 B-cun under Dubi (ST35), one transverse finger width from the anterior tibial border Using the twisting technique of the first definition of the reinforcing method from Xue-min Shi, academician
Acupuncture method of XingNaoKaiQiao Neiguan (PC6) In the volar aspect of the forearm, at the junction of Quze (PC 3) and Daling (PC7), 2 B-cun above the wrist crease in the space between tendon palmaris longus and vagina tendinis musculi flexoris carpi radialis Using the combination of the reducing method of twirling lifting and thrusting needles, the operation lasts for 1–3 mins
  Shuigou (DU26) In the face, at the intersection point of the upper 1/3 and middle 1/3 of the philtrum groove Using the reducing method of “sparrow-pecking” until tears fall or appear in the eyes
Sanyinjiao (SP6) In crus inside, 3 B-cun above the upper border of the medial malleolus of the ankle at the posterior border of the tibia Using the reinforcing method of twirling, lifting, and thrusting needles, until the lower limb consecutively twitches 3 times
  Jiquan (HT1) At the apex of the axilla, the site of the pulse of the axillary artery Using the reducing method of twirling, lifting, and thrusting needles, until the upper extremity twitches 3 times
Chize (LU5) In the cubital crease, at the depression of the bicipital muscle tendon radialis at the elbow Using the reducing method of twirling, lifting, and thrusting needles, until the needling feeling is felt from the elbow joint to the fingers; or manual extorsion 3 times
Weizhong (BL40) At the midpoint of the popliteal crease, at the midpoint between the femoral biceps tendon and the semitendinosus tendon Using the reducing method of twirling, lifting, and thrusting needles, until the lower extremity twitches 3 times
  1. B-cun: proportional bone cun. This method divides the height of the human body into 75 equal units. Using joints on the surface of the body as the primary landmarks, the length and width of every bodily region is measured by such proportions