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Table 4 Traditional functions of acupuncture points*.

From: A pilot study on acupuncture for lower urinary tract symptoms related to chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain

Name Functions/Point Category
San Jiao 5 (Triple Burner 5) – Wai guan Frees the channels and quickens the connecting vessels, clears heat and resolves toxin, dissipates wind; Luo point of the san jiao channel, confluence point of the 8 extraordinary channels
Gall Bladder 41-Zulin qi Courses liver and gallbladder qi stagnation, clears fire and extinguishes wind, transforms obstructing phlegm-heat; Shu point, confluence point of the 8 extraordinary channels
Liver 3-Tai chong Extinguishes liver fire, clears liver yang, discharges damp-heat in the lower burner, soothes liver qi, frees the channels and quickens the connecting vessels; Shu point, yuan source point
Large Intestine 4-He gu Frees the channels and quickens the connecting vessels, relieves pain and quiets the spirit; Yuan source point
Spleen 8-Di ji Harmonizes the spleen and rectifies blood; Xi-cleft point
Spleen 6-San yin jiao Supplements spleen, helps movement and transformation, frees qi stagnation, courses the lower burner; Intersection point of spleen channel, one of nine needles for returning yang
Auricular-shen men Promotes relaxation, relieves pain
Auricular-kidney Strengthens the kidneys
Auricular-liver Strengthens gastrointestinal tract, relieves muscle spasms
Auricular-lung Relieves pain
Auricular-spleen Strengthens the gastrointestinal tract, strengthens following a disease
  1. *Adapted from references [10] and [12]