Acupuncture Points Notebook

Location Guides:

: Yaoyan : Lumbar Eyes

Ex-BW-7 : Extra Back/Waist 7

Classifications:
Trigger point (Travell & Simons, 1998, Trigger Point Manual)

Location:
In the depression approximately 3.5 cun lateral to the lower border of L4 (Yaoyangguan Du-3). Lumbar eyes refers to the visible hollows found in many people, just over one handbreadth either side of the spine, below the level of the iliac crest.

Needling:
Perpendicular insertion 1 - 1.5 cun

TCM Actions:
Strengthens the kidneys and benefits the lumbar region

TCM Indications:
  • Kidney deficiency lumbar pain, lumbar pain, consumption.

    Neuroanatomy:
    Superficial Innervation: Dorsal rami of L1 - L3
    Dermatome Segment: S2

    Trigger Point Associations:
    Muscle: Gluteus medius
    Myotome Innervation: Superior gluteal nerve (L4 - S1)
    Location Notes: There are two further trigger points for this muscle located anteriorly just under the iliac spine
    Pain Referral Pattern: To buttock, hip and sacrum
    Indications: Pain on walking

    Notes:
    In Thai massage:
    Point along the outer Kalatharee sen line running from the lateral malleolus, up the sides of the leg, along the outer bladder channel, over the shoulder blade and down to the hands.
    Indicated for back, hip and sacroiliac joint pain/injury/arthritis, menstruation difficulties, PMS and reproductive system ailments.
    (Salguero & Roylance, 2011, Encyclopedia of Thai Massage)


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