Acupuncture Points Notebook

Location Guides:

: Xinhui : Fontanelle Meeting

Du-22 : Extraordinary Governing Vessel 22

One of the "59 piercings" for clearing Heat in Su Wen Ch. 61 and Ling Shu Ch. 23

At the top of the head on th emidline, 2 cun posterior to the anterior hairline.

Transverse insertion 0.5 - 1 cun

This point should not be needled in infants whose fontanelle has not yet closed.

TCM Actions:
Benefits the nose
Eliminates wind and benefits the head

TCM Indications:
  • Nosebleed, nasal congestion, inability to distinguish the fragrant from the foul, excessive nasal discharge in children, pain of the nose, nasal polyps.
  • Head wind, chronic headache, deficiency and cold of the brain, bursting headache due to excessive consumption of alcohol, dizziness, visual dizziness, chronic adn acute childhood fright wind.
  • Blue-green (qing) complexion, red and swollen face, swelling of the skin of the head, dandruff.
  • Somnolence, fright palpitations.

    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 Shangxing Du-23, Qianding Du-21, Baihui Du-20 and Houding Du-19 clear Heat from counterflow in the Du 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 Tibetan medicine:
    Moxa point (AMNH, Tibetan Medical Paintings)

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