Acupuncture Points Notebook

: Haiquan : Sea Spring

Ex-HN-11 : Extra Head/Neck 11

Alternative Name(s): Guifeng
Translation: Ghost Seal

Classifications:
Sun Si-miao Ghost point (4th trinity)

Location:
In the centre of the frenulum of the tongue between Jinjin and Yuye (M-HN-20).

Needling:
0.1 - 0.2 cun, or prick to bleed, or 1.5 cun directed towards Yamen Du-15 and the patient can then rest the tongue back down on the needle with the mouth closed.

Warning:
The Spiritual Pivot warns against needling this point "to excess" since it may lead to incessant bleeding and loss of voice.


TCM Actions:
Clears heat and reduces swelling
Generates fluids
Benefits the tongue

TCM Indications:
  • Heaviness, swelling and pain of the tongue, lotus flower tongue in children, facial paralysis.
  • Wasting and thirsting disorder, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, hiccup.

    Neuroanatomy:
    Superficial Innervation: Glossopharyngeal nerve (CN IX) and Hypoglossal (CN XII)
    Dermatome Segment:

    Notes:
    Ghost Points:
    The fourth trinity of Ghost Points, consisting of this point, Quchi LI-11, Shangxing Du-23 and Huiyin Ren-1, is concerned with self-destructive behaviour, self-harm and attempts at suicide.

    Guifeng, Ghost Seal, indicates that the ghost has placed its seal on your spirit, like a Daoist exorcist does with a talisman when they trap a ghost in a container.
    Sometimes it is debated this should be at Yintang but in either case it is bled (Yuen, 2005, 3 Spirits & 7 Souls).

    Medieval phlebotomy point (Hans von Gersdorff, 1517: Feldtbüch der Wundartzney, www.nlm.nih.gov)


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