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Table 2 Location of non-acupoints in sham acupuncture group

From: Evaluating the efficacy and safety of electro-acupuncture in patients with antipsychotic-related constipation: protocol for a randomized controlled trial

Acupoints Location
Obligatory non-acupoints Sham Tianshu On the upper abdomen, 1 inch beside ST25, between the Spleen Meridian and the Stomach Meridian
Sham Fujie On the lower abdomen, 1 inch beside SP14, between the Spleen Meridian and the Stomach Meridian
Sham Quchi On the lateral aspect of the elbow, at the midpoint between the Large Intestine Meridian and the Lung Meridian beside LI11
Sham Zhigou On the posterior aspect of the forearm, 6 cun proximal to the dorsal wrist crease, at the radial margin of the ulna
Sham Shangjuxu On the anterior aspect of the leg, at the midpoint between the Stomach Meridian and the Gallbladder Meridian beside ST37
Adjunct non-acupoint for heat pattern Sham Hegu On the dorsum of the hand, between the 3rd and 4th metacarpals, in the depression proximal to the 3rd metacarpophalangeal joint
Adjunct non-acupoint for Qi stagnation pattern Sham Taichong On the dorsum of the foot, between the third and fourth metatarsal bones, in the depression distal to the junction of the bases of the two bones
Adjunct non-acupoint for deficient pattern Sham Zusanli On the anterior aspect of the leg, 3 cun below GB34, between the Stomach Meridian and the Gallbladder Meridian
  1. One “cun” is defined as the width of the interphalangeal joint of patient’s thumb