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Table 1 Locations of acupoints for acupuncture

From: The cerebral mechanism of the specific and nonspecific effects of acupuncture based on knee osteoarthritis: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

Acupoints Locationsa
Dubi (ST 35) On the anterior aspect of the knee, in the depression lateral to the patellar ligament
Neixiyan (EX-LE4) On the anterior aspect of the knee, in the depression medial to the patellar ligament
Ququan (LR8) On the medial aspect of the knee, in the depression medial to the tendons of the semitendinosus and the semimembranosus muscles, at the medial end of the popliteal crease
Xiyangguan (GB33) On the lateral aspect of the knee, in the depression between the biceps femoris tendon and the iliotibial band, posterior and proximal to the lateral epicondyle of the femur
Xuehai (SP10) On the anteromedial aspect of the thigh, on the bulge of the vastus medialis muscle, 2 cun superior to the medial end of the base of the patella
Sanyinjiao (SP6) On the tibial aspect of the leg, posterior to the medial border of the tibia, 3 cun superior to the prominence of the medial malleolus
Taixi (KI3) On the posteromedial aspect of the ankle, in the depression between the prominence of the medial malleolus and the calcaneal tendon
  1. a1 cun (≈ 20 mm) is defined as the width of the interphalangeal joint of the participant’s thumb