Knee joint is a complex flexion joint of body, which almost bears all of body weight. As we age, or running, hiking, mountaineering and other activities with improper way, it will cause some damage to knee joint. Once knee pain occurs, it will be serious to affect our life,How to relieve and prevent it?There are many ways to relieve keen pain. Today we will focus on acupressure points for knee pain.

In this post, we will introduce acupressure points on knee,what pressure points for knee pain are, location, and how to stimulate them.You can try to massage it,may there will be unexpected good results.

What cause Knee Pain

There are many reasons to cause knee pain, some below follows:

Patellar tendinitis

Patellar tendinitis

Painful location:The pain point is located below kneecap. If knee straightened and press the lower edge of knee with finger,it will feel pain. Patients common squat down and cannot stand up!

Cause:Long standing or heavy labor,long-term running and jumping.

Knee synovitis


Synovium is one of the main structure of knee joint,which covered the inside of joint capsule and is rich in vascular connective tissue. Since synovial cells can secrete synovial fluid, it can keep lubrication of articular cartilage and increase motion range of joint.

Painful location:The knee joint will not only suffer from swelling and pain, but also decreasing motion range.There,It is difficult to straighten or bent and squatted fully. There is also common pain in the inner side of femoral condyle.

Cause:Excessive labor or improper way will cause acute inflammation of synovial membrane. As a result, there will be a large amount of fluid in joints and thickening of synovial membrane to cause fibers hard and lose elasticity.

Knee arthritis

Most are over 40 years old. Joint pain is heavier in the morning, and becomes lighter during the day and night.

Cause:Bone hyperplasia and spurs rubbing the surrounding tissue.

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Traumatic arthralgia

Cause:a certain accident causing joint pain in  shoulder, wrist, knee, ankle and other parts of joint without fracture or other serious conditions.


Painful location:

Once gout attacks, swelling and pain pain is common in the big toe, ankle, and knee joints.

Cause:Commonly caused by high uric acid in body.

Rheumatoid arthritis

Cause:Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammation in joints. The reason is unknown, but it is generally believed to be related to the autoimmune system.


Meridian blockage

wormwood knee patch
wormwood knee patch

Wormwood knee patch is a Chinese herbal wormwood extract pain relief patch,which is beneficial for soothing meridians and promoting blood circulation,relieving blood stasis and swelling pain caused by long time poor posture and injuries.

Another benefit is promoting body metabolism,removing dampness-evil in the body if long-term stick it, thereby preventing and curing edema and obesity caused by dampness-evil.


Sports injury

Weather change

Excessive obesity etc

Best Acupressure points for Knee Pain

Pressure Points on Knee

Location:With knee flexed, below the patella in a depression lateral to the patellar ligament.

ST 35 dubi

Indications:Leg pain, knee arthritis,paralysis of lower extremity , athlete’s foot, edema, weakness of knee and foot, abdominal distension, and constipation.

Clinical:Various knee joint pains such as rheumatism, rheumatoid arthritis, knee osteoarthritis, trauma, etc.

Pressure Points Behind Knee

  • BL 40(Weizhong)

Location:Midpoint of the transverse crease of the popliteal fossa, between the tendons m. biceps femoris and m. semitendinosus.

UB 40 weizhong

Efficacy:Stimulating BL 40 can increase blood supply and lubricating fluid in joints and prevent pain caused by friction.

Pressure Points Above Knee

Location:3 cun above GB 34, lateral to the knee joint, in a depression above the external epicondyle of the femur, between the femur and the tendon of biceps femoris.

GB 33 xiyangguan

Indications:Knee arthritis, paralysis of lower limbs, knee joint and surrounding soft tissue disorders, athlete’s foot;Lateral femoral cutaneous nerve palsy, sciatica.

Clinical:Swelling and pain of Knee patella, popliteal contracture, numbness of calf.

Location:With knee flexed, 2 cun above the superior medial border of the patella on the bulge of the medial portion of quadriceps femoris (vastus medialis).

xuehai point

Indications:Irregular menstruation, metrorrhagia,Urticaria, eczema, erysipelas;

Functions: Invigorates and moves the Blood, cools the Blood, benefits the skin, regulates menstruation.

Method:Use your thumb to press SP 10  hard for 5 seconds with feeling soreness intensity,then release it and repeat 5 times. You can also use patting it: sitting on a chair with your right leg on your left leg, patting SP 10 with your palm several times, then change other,10 to 15 times in turn.

  • EX-LE2(Heding)

Location: Above the knee, in the depression of the midpoint of the superior patellar border.

EX-LE2 Heding point

Indications:Knee pain, leg pain, knee joint pain, weakness of legs and feet, weakness of lower limbs, and paralysis.

Pressure Points Below Knee

  • EX-LE5(Xiyan)

Location: When the knee is flexed, the point is in the depression medial to the patellar ligament.

EX-LE5 Xiyan point

Indications:Swelling and pain of the knee joint

Functions: Dispels Wind-Dampness, reduces swelling, benefits the knees, alleviates pain.

Location:On the lower border of the medial condyle of the tibia in the depression posterior and inferior to the medial condyle of the tibia. (or) On the lower border of the medial condyle of the tibia on level with the tuberosity of the tibia. (or) Between the posterior border of the tibia and gastrocnemius muscle.

yinlingquan acupoint

Efficacy:Stimulating SP 9 can open meridians of lower limbs and relieve weakness and pain in calf.

  • GB 34(Yanglingquan)

Location:In a depression anterior and inferior to the head of the fibula.

yanglingquan GB 34

Clinical: sciatica, hepatitis, cholecystitis, biliary ascariasis, knee arthritis etc;

Location:3 cun directly above the tip of the medial malleoulus on the posterior border of the tibia.

sanyinjiao point

Indication:.knee, ankle and surrounding soft tissue diseases, athlete’s foot, diabetes, hypertension, thromboangiitis obliterans, etc.

Location:3 cun below ST 35, one finger width lateral from the anterior border of the tibia.

zusanli point

Indication:Paralysis of lower limbs: sequelae of stroke and hemiplegia, numbness of hands and feet, knee joint disease, sciatica, inability to limb lifting.

Related:How To Reduce Knee Pain At Home


Knee pain is mostly related to age and excessive weight bearing. Therefore, it is necessary to take good care of knee in life, and the most effective way to maintain knee is to develop proper fitness habit and avoid direct injury to knee. We can also use knee acupressure points massage to promote blood circulation and prevent knee pain. For continued knee pain or serious, it must be to seek professional doctor to help. At the same time, it is necessary to treat knee pain from proper fitness and healthy diet.