A Proposed Standard International Acupuncture Nomenclature: Report of a WHO Scientific Group
(1991; 36 pages)
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View the documentWHO Scientific Group on International Acupuncture Nomenclature
View the document1. Introduction
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Close this folder3. Proposed standard international acupuncture nomenclature
View the document3.1 Structure of the proposed nomenclature
View the document3.2 The 14 main meridians
View the document3.3 The 361 classical acupuncture points
View the document3.4 The 8 extra meridians
View the document3.5 The 48 extra points
View the document3.6 Scalp acupuncture lines
Open this folder and view contents4. Recommendations for further action by WHO in the field of acupuncture
View the documentAcknowledgements
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3.4 The 8 extra meridians

After lengthy discussion it was concluded that “thoroughfare vessel” was the most suitable English equivalent of “chongmài”. This term was agreed, with the alphabetic code TV. The proposed nomenclature for the 8 extra meridians is as follows.

English name

Pinyin name

Han character name

Alphabetic code

governor vessel8

dumài

GV

conception vessel8

rènmài

CV

thoroughfare vessel

chongmài

TV

belt vessel

dàimài

BV

yin heel vessel

yinqiaomài

YinHV

yang heel vessel

yángqiaomài

YangHV

yin link vessel

yinwéimài

YinLV

yang link vessel

yángwéimài

YangLV

8 Although listed under the 14 main meridians, the governor vessel and conception vessel are by custom also included among the 8 extra meridians. Of the 8 extra meridians, only these two have their own defined points.

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