Acupuncture Points Notebook

Location Guides:

: Geshu : Diaphragm Shu

Bl-17 : Foot Taiyang Bladder 17

Hui-Meeting point of blood
Master Tung's Double Phoenixes
Master Tung's Behind the Heart points

1.5 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous process of the seventh thoracic vertebra (T7).

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

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

TCM Actions:
Invigorates blood and dispels stasis
Cools blood heat and stops bleeding
Nourishes and harmonises the blood
Harmonises the diaphragm and descends rebellious qi

TCM Indications:
  • Oppression of the chest, Heart pain, stabbing pain of the Heart, mania-depression, coughing and dyspnoea, throat painful obstruction.
  • Epigastric pain, fullness of the abdomen and lateral costal region, vomiting, vomiting of food eaten the day before, hiccup, oesophageal constriction, difficult ingestion, Stomach reflux, inability to eat, Heart pain on eating, jaundice.
  • Coughing blood, vomiting blood, spitting blood, nosebleed, blood in the stool, all blood diseases, urticaria.
  • Dizziness, tidal fever, night sweating, steaming bone disorder, spontaneous sweating, fever with absence of sweating, aversion to cold.
  • Painful obstruction of the whole body, pain in the whole body, pain of the skin, flesh and bones, frequent stretching and yawning, heaviness of the body, swelling, distension and pain of the body, weariness of the four limbs, lethargy with no desire to move, somnolence, back pain, rigidity of the spine.

    Superficial Innervation: Posterior cutaneous thoracic nerves from T7
    Dermatome Segment: T7
    Deeper Structures: Dorsal rami of spinal nerves from T7

    As the hui-meeting point of blood this is the main back point for the treatment of all blood disorders.

    Ling Shu Ch. 51, On the Back Transport Points, advises that the back Shu points of the Yin organs should be pressed. If this elicits a response, either pain or the relief of a existing pain, then these points should be supplemented or drained with moxa and not pierced. To supplement with moxa the cone is to be left to burn down naturally, to drain it is to be blown on to make it burn more fiercely.

    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).

    Tung's Behind the Heart (Hou Xin or Bei Xin) points are located under spinous processes from T4 to T9, 1.5 cun laterally to T4 to T7 and 3 cun laterally from T4 to T6. They are indicated for "wool like furuncles", clove sores, weakness and debility of the Heart zang, Stomach diseases, acute heart disease leading to numbness and paralysis, wind-cold entering the interior, severe wind-cold, stroke, externally contracted diseases that manifest with papules. They clear heat from the Heart and Lung and release the exterior so are useful in dermatological disorders (ibid.).

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

    Reference Notes: (click to display)