Acupuncture Points Notebook

: Zhiyin : Reaching Yin

Bl-67 : Foot Taiyang Bladder 67

Classifications:
Jing-Well and Metal point

Mother point of the Bladder channel
Exit point to Yongquan Kid-1

Location:
On the dorsal aspect of the little toe, at the junction of lines drawn along the lateral border of the nail and the base of the nail, approximately 0.1 cun from the corner of the nail.

Needling:
Perpendicular or oblique insertion directed proximally 0.1 - 0.2 cun, or prick to bleed

TCM Actions:
Expels wind and clears the head and eyes
Turns the foetus and facilitates labour

TCM Indications:
  • Vertex headache, occipital headache, heaviness of the head, neck pain, nasal congestion, nosebleed, eye pain, pain of the inner canthus, superficial visual obstruction, deafness and tinnitus, pain of the lateral costal region and chest, agitation of the Heart.
  • Retention of placenta, malposition of foetus, delayed labour, prolonged or difficult labour.
  • Difficult urination, painful urinary obstruction, seminal emission, cold malaria, wind cold starting from the little toe, absence of sweating, heat in the soles of the feet, cramps, clonic spasm, swelling of the knees.

    Neuroanatomy:
    Superficial Innervation: Sural nerve (L5 - S2)
    Dermatome Segment: S1
    Deeper Structures: Sural nerve (L5 - S2)

    Notes:
    Well known empirical point for turning a malpositioned foetus during labour through the use of moxa (Van der Berg et al, 2008)

    In five element acupuncture this point is reinforced to tonify Bladder deficiencies.

    Ling Shu Ch. 19, on the Four Seasonal Qi, advises opening the Jing-Well and Ying-Spring openings in winter, piercing deeply and retaining the needle for a while.

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


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