Acupuncture Points Notebook

Location Guides:

: Xuanshu : Suspended Pivot

Du-5 : Extraordinary Governing Vessel 5

On the midline of the lower back, in the depression below the spinous process of the first lumbar vertebra (L1).

Perpendicular insertion 0.5 - 1 cun

The spinal canal lies between 1.25 and 1.75 cun deep to the skin surface, varying according to body build.

TCM Actions:
Benefits the lumbar spine
Benefits the lower jiao

TCM Indications:
  • Stiffness of the lumbar spine with inability to flex and extend.
  • Undigested food in the stool, diarrhoea, running piglet qi, retraction of the testicles.

    Superficial Innervation: Medial branches of dorsal rami of L1
    Dermatome Segment: L1

    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).

    In Tibetan medicine:
    Edelweiss flowers are burnt in cones like moxa over crushed garlic at this point as a kidney point to treat all manner of kidney diseases (Bradley, 2000: Principles of Tibetan Medicine)

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