Acupuncture Points Notebook

: Wuchu : Fifth Place

Bl-5 : Foot Taiyang Bladder 5

One of the "59 piercings" for clearing Heat in Su Wen Ch. 61

0.5 cun directly posterior to Quchai Bl-4, 1 cun within the anterior hairline, and 1.5 cun lateral to Shangxing Du-23.

Transverse insertion 0.5 - 1 cun

TCM Actions:
Eliminates wind, descends yang and clears heat
Clears the head and nose

TCM Indications:
  • Rigidity of the spine, opisthotonos, upward staring eyes, epilepsy, madness, tetany, clonic spasm, dizziness, visual dizziness, dimness of vision.
  • Headache, pain of the head and eye, heaviness of the head, nasal congestion.

    Superficial Innervation: CN V1 ophthalamic branch of trigeminal
    Dermatome Segment: CN V1 ophthalamic branch of trigeminal

    The "59 piercings" are named in the Su Wen Ch. 61 and mentioned in Su Wen Ch. 32 for treating Heat diseases. This point along with Chenguang Bl-6, Tongtian Bl-7, Luoque Bl-8 and Yuzhen Bl-9 clear Heat from counterflow in the foot Taiyang Bladder channel.

    Ling Shu Ch. 24, On Counterflow Diseases, seems to employs this set of points in treating headache, dizziness and heaviness of the head. It advises draining from the five points on each of the five channels on the top of the head, including this point, followed by the hand Shaoyin and then foot Shaoyin.

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