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POINT: SP-15 (SPLEEN-15)  

English: Great Horizontal
Also Known As: Big Horizontal Stroke
Great Transverse
Big Horizontal
  • 4 cun lateral to the center of the umbilicus, lateral to the rectus abdominus muscle.
  • 3.5 cun lateral to the navel.
  • 4 cun lateral to the center of the umbilicus, on the midclavicular line.
  • On the abdomen, in the depression at the lateral border of the rectus abdominus muscle level with the umbilicus.
    Note: the point is normally defined as 4 cun lateral to the midline. On the abdomen, the 4 cun line is located at the lateral border of the rectus abdominus muscle.
  • Puncture perpendicularly 0.7 to 1.2 cun.
  • Moxibustion is applicable.
  • Straight insertion 1 to 1.5 cun. Sensation: local distention and soreness
  • For parasites in the Intestines, the needle is inserted toward the navel, 2 to 2.5 cun. Sensation: local distention and soreness, possibly extending throughout the side of the abdomen on which the point is needled.
  • Perpendicular insertion 0.5 to 1 cun.
    Caution: in thin patients, deep needling may penetrate the peritoneal cavity. Deep needling at this point may penetrate a substantially enlarged Liver or Spleen.
  • Intersecting point on the Yin Wei (Linking) Channel
  • Moves Qi
  • Regulates the Intestines
  • Strengthens the Spleen
  • Strengthens the limbs
  • Resolves Dampness
  • Regulates Qi
  • Stops pain
  • Promotes the function of the Large Intestine
  • Chronic constipation
  • Cold and weak limbs
  • Chronic diarrhea with mucus in the stools
  • Abdominal pain due to Liver Qi Stagnation
  • Dysenteric disorders with or without Blood
  • Appendicitis
  • Lower abdominal pain and Cold
  • Fatigued extremities
  • Fecal incontinence
  • Inability to raise and move the four limbs
  • Abdominal pain and distention
  • Diarrhea
  • Dysentery
  • Constipation
  • Intestinal parasites
  • Intestinal paralysis
  • Cold or Damp diarrhea
  • Sensation of Heat in the hypogastrium with sighing
  • Propensity to sadness
  • Sighing
  • Weeping
  • Copious sweating
  • Severe diarrhea






Roundworms in the Intestines

Habitual constipation

Arched back with sorrowful weeping







  • This is an important point for abdominal complaints.
  • It is an important point for regulating the Qi of the Large Intestines.
  • It is often used for chronic constipation of the Deficiency type.
  • This is good for people experiencing earthquakes in the mind and spirit.
  • It brings steadiness and security.