Acupuncture Points Notebook

: Tongtian : Heavenly Connection

Bl-7 : Foot Taiyang Bladder 7

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

1.5 cun posterior to Chengguang Bl-6 and 4 cun within the anterior hairline, 1.5 cun lateral to the midline. More simply located 1 cun anterior and 1.5 cun lateral to Baihui Du-20.

Transverse insertion 0.5 -1 cun

According to several modern texts this point is contraindicated to moxibustion.

TCM Actions:
Benefits and regulates the nose
Clears the head

TCM Indications:
  • Nasal congestion and discharge, profuse nasal discharge, rhinitis, loss of sense of smell, nosebleed, nasal sores.
  • Vertex headache, heaviness of the head, deviation of the mouth, swollen face, goitre, stiff neck, dyspnoea, collapse on sudden standing, loss of consciousness.

    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 Wuchu Bl-5, Chenguang Bl-6, 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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