RenMai Meridians and acupuncture points

Reference site for practitioners and students

This reference site by the RenMai publisher is the first database- based reference tool for practitioners and students who work with the meridian system.

More information over the authors and the conception of this work can be found in the IMPRINT.

This reference site consist in the exact description and graphic representation of all 361 acupuncture points plus further 18 extra points. The file structure allows on the one hand the systematic study and reference and on the other hand the free search for e.g. indications, disorders and other terms.

All points are represented with their exact location- with muscular, skeletal and skin depiction, their indications (area of application) by Western and Chinese health theory, as well as additional remarks.

Essential texts over the foundation of Traditional Chinese Medicine and shiatsu, as well as an extensive glossary and list of links complete this user friendly referential site.

Via the search function practitioners can quickly verify their observations and their treatment concept and thereby complete it. Students can find useful support in the development of their treatment concepts.

This reference text was first published in 2007 as CD-ROM (ISBN 3-9501913-2-1) for Window based systems. 2016 its content was revised and opened as responsive website for all systems (Windows, Apple, Smartphones etc.).

Please note:

The RenMai reference site "Meridians and Acupuncture points" is aimed to serve as learning tool and source of information for practitioners and learners. The editors therefore recommend to only use the content of the work on the basis of a well-founded training course and with appropriate professional- legal status. This reference text should not encourage either laymen, or specialists to "heal" the body by pressing points. The references to indications and symptoms are only to be understood in connection with the integration into the overall system.

Directions for use

On the left of the screen you can find the MAIN MENY with the menu items

  • Meridians
  • Point catergories
  • TCM foundations
  • Shiatsu foundations
  • Links

The menu "Meridians" opens automatically when entering the reference site. Clicking another item if the main menu closes the Meridian menu (or the window last opened) and the newly selected menu opens. Only when you click one of the submenu items, the new information will open in the main window.

  • Search
  • Glossary and
  • Help

The SEARCH FUNCTION  launches a full- text seach. The results, as links- with the corresponding interlinks-  are displayed in the main window and lead to the additional information within the reference site.

The ranking of these links ensues without priorities, given the underlying reason for the seach is unknown. It resides with the user to pick the information that is the most interesting.

The GLOSSARY  contains an (incomplete, because a glossary can never be complete) compilation of important Latin and health related terms. The terms that are included in the glossary are highligted in dark blue all the texts of the RenMai reference site.

Going to one of these terms, for simple translations, immediately the translation of the term apears in "mouse-over". When longer explanations are registered in the glossary then they appear in a pop- upp window upon clicking on the term.

INTERLINKS to the meridian points: All meridian points have links, so  you can look up the details of the given point any time, while you are reading another text. By clicking "back" in the browser toolbar you can return from the point description to the last opened text.

The HELP function is self explanatory, you are busy reading it right now.

Please note:
If you discover mistakes while working with the RenMai reference site, or encounter meaningful terms that should be explained, or have other ideas for improveent, then we look forward to receiving your feedback via email to: Your recommendations will be verified and as far as possible taken into account.


As mentioned in detail in the imprint, the reference site was conceived and elaborated by Shiatsu teacher and practitioners, with the helo of graphic designers. This work is a self- initiative of the authors. The revenue generated from the sale of the work serve to cover the incurred costs and to undertake further translations and improvements.

COPYRIGHT:  All contents and graphics are incumbent upon the copyright of the authors. Unauthorised commercial copies will be prosecuted. - We are convinced that the code of ethics within the shiatsu, acupuncture and TCM community is respected and that we do not have to apply legal remedies towards our colleagues.

GETTING STARTED with the use of the reference site:

This is how you best learn using the reference site:

Via the meridian menu you pick a meridian. It appears in the overview of the meridian pathway. The text appears in the selected language and informs you of the pathway, the most important points and their categories.

By clicking on a meridian point directly on the body within a graphic or by clicking on the names of the points next to the drawing (e.g. LU7) detailed information about the point pops up (image and text). The skeletal graphic is in default setting.

Next to the detailed drawing of the point there is another OPERATING MENU. This serves to switch from the skeletal depiction (SD) to muscular depiction (MD) or to the primary depiction (photo) (PD). To some points we have added a muscle drawing, because this provides additonal information.

The two arrows (<) (>) serve to get to the next or previous point of the meridian, without needing to click on it on the overview image. When clicking on the printer (DR) the print version of the graphic appears in a separate window. At the end each meridian or point description also offers the possibility to open the text in print preview and print.

The full information in word and picture is compactly displayed so that you can retrieve all information at a glance.

  • Meridian menu with all 12 or 14 meridians
  • Meridian overview- graphic
  • Detailed drawings of the selected point
  • Description of the point with naming in different languages (Chinese, Japanese, German, English), location adn indication based on Western and Chinese health conception

2. Point categories
In the menu "point-categories" the acupuncture points are ordered in Transporting points, Alarm points, Source points, Connecting points, Acute points, Key Points,     Master Points, Tonification points, Sedation points, Antique points, Root points, Destructing points, Ashi Points. Great detail is given about each category.

Here selected texts and graphics offer a brief overview over some of the basis of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The authors see these texts as support for a better understanding of the meridians and acupuncture points. For further study please refer to the governing body of TCM or turn to the extensive literature that is available in specialist bookstores.

Here selected texts offer a brief overview of the history, the legal status (in Austria) and essential foundations of Shiatsu. The authors see these texts solely as a suggestion for further studies. For further study please refer to the governing body of shiatsu (see list of country links) or turn to the extensive literature that is available in specialist bookstores.

Here you can find useful and recommended links to  grouped together in the topics covered by this CD. The rapid development of the internet makes this information understandably very short- lived. For a current overview you ca use the links suggested under  or draw on one of the current search engines.



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