Points Database

Location Guides:

: Zanzhu : Gathered Bamboo

Bl-2 : Foot Taiyang Bladder 2

Classifications:
Homeostatic point 23 (Ma, Ma & Cho, 2005, Biomedical Acupuncture for Pain Management)

Location:
Superior to the inner canthus, in a depression on the eyebrow, close to its medial end.

Needling:
Transverse-oblique insertion inferiorly towards Jingming Bl-1 for eye diseases, or Transverse lateral insertion to join with Yuyao (M-HN-6) for supraorbital pain, or prick to bleed for heat disorders.

Warning:
According to several classical texts this point is contraindicated to moxibustion


TCM Actions:
Eliminates wind and clears heat
Benefits the eyes
Clears the head and alleviates pain

TCM Indications:
  • Pain of the eyebrow region, frontal headache, head wind, wind dizziness, nosebleed, rhinitis, sneezing, pain of the face, red face with cheek pain.
  • Blurred vision, dimness of vision, visual dizziness, lacrimation on exposure to wind, night blindness, redness, swelling and pain of the eye, itching of the eyes, infantile epilepsy with upward staring eyes.
  • Haemorrhoid pain, manic behaviour, loss of consciousness, pain and stiffness of the neck.

    Neuroanatomy:
    Superficial Innervation: Supraorbital nerve, from ophthalamic branch of trigeminal nerve (CN V1)
    Dermatome Segment: CN V1 ophthalamic branch of trigeminal

    Notes:
    The frontalis trigger point is located 1 cun above this at the level of yangbai GB-14 (Travell & Simons, 1998, Trigger Point Manual)

    Ling Shu Ch. 28, On Oral Inquiry, advises to supplement this point to stop sneezing, along with Tonggu Bl-66.

    A medieval phlebotomy point is located near here, 1 cun above, level with yangbai Bl-14 (Hans von Gersdorff, 1517: Feldtbüch der Wundartzney, www.nlm.nih.gov)

    Lad and Durve (2008) in Marma Points of Ayurveda locate a point slightly above this called Bhruh Antara and associate it with Alochaka Pitta, Sadhaka Pitta, Vyana Vayu, Tarpaka Kapha.

    They give the following actions:
    - Benefits eyes, enhances circulation of aqueous and vitreous humor
    - Relieves headaches
    - Enhances circulation in frontal lobe of brain
    - Releases suppressed emotions in the form of tears
    - Relieves stress, calms the mind

    They also locate a point slightly below called Ashru Antara associated with Alochaka Pitta, Sadhaka Pitta, Vyana Vayu amd Tarpaka Kapha.

    They give the following actions:
    - Stimulates lacrimal secretion
    - Releases suppressed emotions
    - Relieves headaches
    - Benefits eyes
    - Relieves stress, clams the mind, balances emotions


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