13 Ghost Points


Sun Si Miao (c. 7th century) developed the concept of “Phlegm” as the cause of mental disorders, it’s treatment is said to transcend space and time!

The use of ghost points has been changed in modern Chinese medicine to mean “points used in the treatment of mood disorders” however, this is not the original meaning. The original intent of the points was to treat a  literal ghost invasion. A possession if you will. 

Furthermore, there are other and more complex treatments for ghosts invasions, besides Sun Si Miao’s 13 ghost points, the spirit world is indeed deep and mysterious in the ancient Chinese medical traditions. 

Usually a set of 3 Ghost points is needled in one session.

“The four Trinities,” plus the 3rd Eye Point:

(Each trinity relates to the progression of disease)

In the 1st Trinity, there’s the initial build-up of “Phlegm”, characterized by the beginnings of psychological dysfunction  and disorientation towards world, and sore throat. These points are used mainly for Heat and Wind conditions 

Du 26 – (Ghost Palace)

Often used for inter generational trauma, spontaneous laughing for no reason.  Associated with inheritance of ancestral genetics, as well as the human legacy: Humanity. Used for inappropriate laughter or crying. Epilepsy. Fatigue.

Lu 11 – (Ghost Faith) 

This acupuncture point is perfect, when a vow, contract, or an important agreement is broken, and anger results. Good during or after divorce, or breakup. Associated with the World (worldly affairs) Epilepsy . Sore throat. Clears Heat in channel. Jing-well point

SP 1 – (Eye of the Ghost)

Bleeding SP 1 is generally used for patients who have poor body image and “eating their feelings” (eating disorders).  Associated with Earth (which is associated with one’s body in Chinese ancient medicine) Used for feelings of disorientation in the world. Epilepsy. Resuscitates . Jing-well point.

In the 2nd Trinity, Wind is an issue. Wind can either cause excessive movement, or paralysis. Life attitudes begin to become inflexible and rigid. People become set in their ways, or there’s a lot of indecisiveness.

PC 7  – (Ghost Heart) Earth of Fire 

This acupuncture point is the “protector of the heart”, which makes it the perfect point to needle for those who are emotionally upset, broken hearted), after a break up. Also deals with material desires causing alternating and frequent laughing or crying, and irritability. Ghost is at the Pericardium, trying to get into Heart; this is characterized by intense cravings for material objects (Dampness and Phlegm harassing Heart,)

BL 62 – (Ghost Path) 

Long standing childhood trauma related to sexual abuse. Anxiety and/or depression as an adult.  Opening point for Yang Chiao Mai. Deals with how you walk in the world. You begin to believe the same thing and walk the same path as the Ghost. Epilepsy. Paralysis. Headache.

Du 16 – (Ghost Pillow) (a.k.a. Feng Fu – Warehouse of Change) Deals with flexibility and ability to adapt to change. Because of its location, Du 16 is often overlooked because it is a dangerous point, but it’s a good point for patients who resist change and are inflexible.Ghost gains access into brain. (Ghost Pillow = sleeping with Ghost.) Ridged tongue. Lock Jaw. Loss of voice. Headache

In the 3rd Trinity: This is the level at which people with alcohol or drug addictions get stuck at. They use drugs to get their Fire going. 

ST 6 – (Ghost Bed) 

This point is  perfect for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Patients with PTSD have tendency to clench their jaw, so ST 6 acts as a jaw relaxer as well. Deals with being able to look at suffering and not ignore it. Think of the ability to “chew” the world . Lockjaw. Neurological conditions like deviation of mouth and trigeminal neuralgia. At this point, the person is fully possessed by the Ghost 

Ren 24 – (Ghost Market)

This is a great acupuncture point for people who are always worried and are consumed by ruminating dark and negative thoughts, people who don’t  smile or laugh. Deals with one’s ability to appreciate one’s own resources. At this point, the Ghost is absorbing. Wasting diseases, the body begins to get thin and to deteriorate. Body is consuming most of its water. Dark urine. Nosebleeds.

PC 8 – (Ghost Cave) Fire of Fire

This is a good point for patients who have lost their sense of self, are manic, have hallucinations, are anxious and are experiencing paranoia. Also deals with acknowledging your true passion in life. At this point, they begin to get paranoid. Here, the Ghost makes one become self-destructive. Fevers Sweating. Heat in nutritive Blood.

In the 4th trinity, there is no longer any communication with the outside world. Unconsciousness and COMA 

Du 23 –(Ghost Hall)

For unresponsive people who have years of phlegm misting the mind, and become catatonic, such as Alzheimer’s patients in later stages. About embracing self. Here, the Ghost has taken over . This point has access to the pituitary gland. Severe nasal congestion. Poor vision. Dizzy spells. Alzheimer’s. Phlegm is blocking the internal pathways.

Ren 1 –  (Ghost Store) 

For patients who are ashamed of their body and their sexuality, and especially for women after childbirth, who suffers from urinary incontinence and low libido, or can’t reach orgasm. About embracing self. Ghost eats up all of Yin Urinary/defecation blockage or incontinence. Menstrual issues. Prolapse This point is also used for drowning. 

Li11 – Ghost Leg

clears heat and balances the digestive system. It’s used for patients who like to be in control, and get diarrhea or suffers from IBS when  they feel out of control. Earth of Metal. Deals with the world as a reflection of the self. (you are responsible for your own emotions, your own outlook, and overall place in society) High fever . Vomiting.

With all trinity combinations:

Yin Tang – (3rd Eye Point) This 13th Ghost point is controversial. In some text, extra point Gui Feng (under the tongue) is deemed a Ghost point, but because of its location, Yin Tang has been used instead in the West. Both are used for enlightening the mind, seeking knowledge and wisdom. Deals with Enlightenment. Schizophrenia.