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Table 1 Acupoints to be used in the study

From: Acupuncture for acute moderate thalamic hemorrhage: randomized controlled trial study protocol

Acupoint Location Major indication and function
MS 5 (Dingzhonxian) At the top of the head, along the middle line of the head, connecting DU 20 to DU 21. Prolapse, sacral and lumbar problems, paralysis, cortical polyuria, gastroptosis, hyperostosis, hypertension
MS 6 (Dingnieqianxiexian) 1 cun anterior from DU 20 to GB 6. Treats motor function disorders
MS 7 (Dingniehouxiexian) 1 cun posterior to MS6, from DU 20 to GB 7. Treats sensory function disorders
LI15 (Jian Yu) On the shoulder girdle, in the depression between the anterior end of the lateral border of the acromion and the greater tubercle of the humerus. Shoulder pain, paralysis
LI11 (Qu Chi) On the lateral aspect of the elbow, at the midpoint of the line connecting LU5 with the lateral epicondyle of the humerus. Upper extremity palsies, relaxes and strengthens tendons
SJ5 (Wai Guan) On the posterior aspect of the forearm, at the midpoint of the interosseous space between the radius and the ulna, 2 B-cun proximal to the dorsal wrist crease. Tinnitus, paralysis of the arms, upper extremity pain;
LI4 (He Gu) On the dorsum of the hand, in the depression radial and proximal to the second metacarpophalangeal joint. Spasm in the fingers
ST34 (Liang Qiu) On the anterolateral aspect of the thigh, between the vastus lateralis muscle and the lateral border of the rectus femoris tendon, 2 B-cun superior to the base of the patella. Gastrospasm, leg muscle atrophy
ST36 (Zu San Li) On the anterior aspect of the leg, on the line connecting ST35 with ST41, 3 B-cun inferior to ST35. Constipation or diarrhea, paralysis of the lower limbs
GB34 (Yang Ling Quan) On the fibular aspect of the leg, in the depression anterior and distal to the head of the fibula. Inhibited ability to flex and stretch
SP6 (San Yin Jiao) On the tibial aspect of the leg, posterior to the medial border of the tibia, 3 B-cun superior to the prominence of the medial Malleolus. Irregular menstruation, paralysis of the lower limbs
LV3 (Tai Chong) On the dorsum of the foot, between the first and second metatarsal bones, in the depression distal to the junction of the bases of the two bones, over the dorsalis pedis artery. Hypertension, paralysis