Acupuncture Points Notebook

Location Guides:

: Yaoshu : Lumbar Shu

Du-2 : Extraordinary Governing Vessel 2

One of the "59 piercings" for clearing Heat in Su Wen Ch. 61
Master Tung's Rushing to Heaven points

On the midline, in the sacro-coccygeal haitus.

Oblique superior insertion 0.5 - 1 cun

TCM Actions:
Benefits the lumbar region and legs
Dispels wind-damp

TCM Indications:
  • Pain of the sacrum, pain of the lumbar region and hips with inability to flex and extend, lumbar pain radiating to the foot, cold painful obstruction with numbness of the leg.
  • Irregular menstruation, red and white leucorrhoea, dark urine, haemorrhoids.
  • Warm malaria with absence of sweating, epilepsy, injury by cold with ceaseless heat in the four limbs.

    Superficial Innervation: Branch of the coccygeal nerve
    Dermatome Segment: S3

    This point is also on the 3rd trajectory of the Chong mai connecting the Chong with the Du for Invigorating Yang in cases of Bi Obstruction due to Blood Stagnation (Yuen, 2005, The Extraordinary Vessels).

    The "59 piercings" are named in the Su Wen Ch. 61 and mentioned in Su Wen Ch. 32 and Ling Shu Ch. 23 for treating Heat diseases. This point along with Yunmen Lu-2, Jianyu LI-15 and Weizhong Bl-40 clear Heat from the four limbs. It may refer to the Huatuojiaji of this point since without a pair the numbers do not add up.

    Master Tung located three "Rushing to Heaven" points on the midline below the spinous processes of S3, S4 and S5 which were pricked to bleed in cases of headache, dizziness and neck pain from blood stasis or heat using the principle of treating the lower end of the Du to affect the upper (McCann, 2014, Pricking the Vessels).

    In Tibetan medicine:
    Bleeding point (AMNH, Tibetan Medical Paintings).

    In Hindu tantrism this point would be the likely equivalent of the Swadhisthana chakra.

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