The Tim Mee Acupuncture Point

The Tim Mee point, also known as the “Extra Point” or the “Anti-Smoking Point,” is a non-traditional acupuncture point. It is not located on any of the 12 primary meridians, the two midline vessels, or any known extra points but is still utilized in acupuncture and acupressure therapies, particularly to aid in smoking cessation.


Tim Mee is located on the inside of the arm, about one finger’s width above the crease of the wrist, slightly towards the thumb side. It is often described as being located on the anterior aspect of the forearm, approximately 1 cun (an acupuncture measurement, roughly the width of a person’s thumb at the knuckle) proximal to the crease of the wrist along the radial side of the flexor carpi radialis tendon.

Usage in Acupuncture and Acupressure:

Tim Mee is specifically used as an anti-smoking point. Its function is to alter the way cigarettes taste to a person, making them less desirable. When stimulated, this point can make the taste of cigarettes unpleasant, thus helping individuals who wish to quit smoking.

In acupuncture, needles are inserted into the Tim Mee point, often alongside other points that aid in addiction, such as points on the ear (auricular acupuncture points). The treatment is believed to balance the body’s energy or “qi” to reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms.

In acupressure, which is a non-invasive form of acupuncture, pressure is applied to the Tim Mee point, usually with a finger or a special device. This is often taught to patients as a self-care technique to manage cravings at home.


The effectiveness of Tim Mee point in acupuncture has been proven in many clinical trials, especially to control cravings.