Acupuncture Points Notebook

: Yuzhen : Jade Pillow

Bl-9 : Foot Taiyang Bladder 9

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

1.3 cun lateral to Naohu Du-17 (in the depression superior to the external occipital protuberance, 1.5 cun superior to Fengfu Du-15).

Transverse insertion 0.5 - 1 cun

TCM Actions:
Expels wind and cold and alleviates pain
Benefits the nose and eyes

TCM Indications:
  • Occipital headache, pain from head wind that is difficult to endure, dizziness, pain of the neck with inability to turn the head, pain of the head and neck with aversion to wind and absence of sweating, heaviness of the head and neck, cold sensation in half of the head, cold head with copious sweating, red face, pain of the cheek.
  • Eye pain, bursting eye pain, short sightedness, nasal congestion, loss of sense of smell.
  • Chills and fever, bone pain with chills and fever, vomiting, madness, mad walking, epilepsy, collapse on sudden standing.

    Superficial Innervation: Greater occipital nerve from C2
    Dermatome Segment: C2

    Its name is derived from its location as the upper barrier in alchemical practice (Wang Mu, 2011, Foundations of Internal Alchemy)


    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, Tongtian Bl-7 and Luoque Bl-8 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.


    In scalp acupuncture this point would correspond to the visual area of the brain. It is needled from above directed inferiorly towards this point. (Hao, 2015, The Treatment of Pain Through Chinese Scalp Acupuncture)


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

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