Acupuncture Points Notebook

Location Guides:

: Weiguanxiashu : Stomach Controller Lower Shu

Ex-BW-3 : Extra Back/Waist 3

Alternative Name(s): Yishu
Translation: Pancreas Shu

Master Tung's Double Phoenixes

1.5 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous process of the eighth thoracic vertebra (T8).

Oblique insertion towards the spine, 0.5 - 1 cun, or transverse oblique insertion 1 - 1.5 cun

Perpendicular needling or oblique needling away from the spine carries a substantial risk of causing a pneumothorax.

TCM Actions:
Clears heat and generates fluid
Treats diabetes mellitus

TCM Indications:
  • Wasting and thirsting disorder, dry throat, pain of the chest and lateral costal region, epigastric pain, vomiting.

    Superficial Innervation: Posterior cutaneous thoracic nerves from T8
    Dermatome Segment: T8
    Deeper Structures: Dorsal rami of spinal nerves from T8

    In Master Tung's system a line of points corresponding to the inner back Shu points from T2 to T8, known as the double phoenix points (Shuang Feng), can be pricked to release a drop of blood in cases of pain or numbness in the extremities or arteriosclerosis.
    They all relate to the Fire element and the Heart and so have the function of quickening the Blood in the Heart and the extremities (McCann, 2014, Pricking the Vessels).

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