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Table 2 Location and indication of acupoints used in the treatment protocol

From: Electroacupuncture for tapering off long-term benzodiazepine use: study protocol of randomized controlled trial

Acupoints Location Indication in Traditional Chinese Medicine
EX-HN1 (Sishencong) At the vertex of the scalp, four points, 1 cun respectively anterior, posterior and lateral to GV 20 (baihui) Tranquilize and calm the mind, helps in headache, insomnia and forgetfulness
EX-HN22 (Anmian) Midpoint between SJ 17 and GB 20 Helps in insomnia, palpitations and restlessness
GB8 (Shuaigu) Head, directly above auricular apex, 1.5 cun superior to the hairline Clear haet and extinguish wind, helps in headache and dizziness
ST8 (Touwei) On the head 0.5 cun directly superior to anterior hairline, at the corner of forehead, 4.5 cun lateral to the anterior median line Clear the head, helps in headache, dizziness and eye pain
EX-HN5 (Taiyang) At the temple in the depression about one finger-breadth posterior to the midpoint of the lateral end of the eyebrow and the outer canthus Helps in mental disorders such as headache, insomnia, forgetfulness, epilepsy and eye disorders
GB15 (Toulinqi) On the head 0.5 cun within the anterior hairline, directly superior to the center of the pupil Calm the mind, helps in headache, dizziness, double vision and tinnitus
PC6 (Neiguan) On the medial aspect of the forearm between the palmers longus and flexor carpi radials tendons, 2 cun proximal to the palmers wrist crease Calm the heart and mind, helps in palpitations, vexation, insomnia, depression, mania and other heart and mind disorders
HT7 (Shenmen) Posteromedial aspect of the wrist radial to the flexor carpi ulnaris tendon at the palmer wrist crease Calm the heart and mind, helps in insomnia, depression, mania, forgetfulness, headache and dizziness
SP6 (Sanyinjiao) On the tibial aspect of leg posterior to the medial border of the tibia, 3 cun superior to the prominence of the medial mallcolus Helps in insomnia and mania
LV3 (Taichong) Dorsum of foot, within the depression distal between first and second metatarsal bones. Calm the liver and extinguish win, helps in depressive psychosis, manic psychosis and insomnia.
EX-HN3 (Yintang) At the midpoint between the medial ends of the eyebrows Clear liver heat and improve vision
GV24 (Shenting) One the head at the anterior median line, 0.5 cun superior to the anterior hairline Subdue yang and calm the mine, helps in depression, mania, insomnia, other mental disorders, headache and dizziness
GV20 (Baihui) On the head at the anterior median line, 5 cun superior to the anterior hairline Helps in palpitations due to fright, insomnia, forgetfulness and other mental disorders