Points Database

Location Guides:

: Fengmen : Wind Gate

Bl-12 : Foot Taiyang Bladder 12

Classifications:
Master Tung's Double Phoenixes
Master Tung's Nine Monkeys

Location:
1.5 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous process of the second thoracic vertebra (T2).

Needling:
Oblique insertion towards the spine 0.5 - 1 cun, or transverse-oblique insertion 1 - 1.5 cun

Warning:
Perpendicular needling or oblique needling away from the spine carries a substantial risk of causing a pneumothorax.


TCM Actions:
Expels wind and releases the exterior
Strengthens the defensive qi and firms the exterior
Disseminates and descends lung qi
Benefits the nose

TCM Indications:
  • Attack by wind with fever, cold shivering, dislike of wind and cold, headache, injury by cold with rigidity of the head and neck, flaccidity of the interstices with frequent coughing and clear watery nasal discharge, flaccidity of the interstices with susceptibility to catching wind-cold, desire to keep the eyes closed, wind dizziness, visual dizziness.
  • Cough, cough with chest and back pain, coughing blood, dyspnoea, heat in the chest, wind-taxation coughing, wind-exhaustion vomiting, vomiting.
  • Copious nasal discharge, nasal congestion, rhinitis, sneezing, nosebleed.
  • Lumbar pain, stiff neck, urticaria, carbuncles of the back, shoulder pain, restless sleep.

    Neuroanatomy:
    Superficial Innervation: Posterior cutaneous thoracic nerves from T2
    Dermatome Segment: T2
    Deeper Structures: Dorsal rami of spinal nerves from T2

    Notes:
    In Master Tung's system a line of points corresponding to the inner back Shu points from T2 to T8, known as the double phoenix points (Shuang Feng), can be pricked to release a drop of blood in cases of pain or numbness in the extremities or arteriosclerosis.
    They all relate to the Fire element and the Heart and so have the function of quickening the Blood in the Heart and the extremities (McCann, 2014, Pricking the Vessels).

    This point is also one of the Nine Monkeys (Jiu Hou) in Tung Lineage acupuncture. They are located at 1.5 cun and 3 cun lateral from the midline level with T2, T3 and T4 and 6 cun from the midline, level with T1, T2 and T3. They are pricked to bleed in cases of scarlet fever phegm and stuck in the bronchia that cannot be expelled (McCann, 2014, Pricking the Vessels).

    In Tibetan medicine:
    Moxa point (AMNH, Tibetan Medical Paintings)


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