Acupuncture Points Notebook

: Erjian : Tip of the Ear

Ex-HN-6 : Extra Head/Neck 6


Location:
When the ear is folded forwards, this point lies at the apex of the ear.

Needling:
Perpendicular insertion 0.1 cun, or prick to bleed, or 3-5 cones of moxa.

TCM Actions:
Clears heat and dissipates swelling
Benefits the eyes and throat

TCM Indications:
  • Redness, swelling and pain of the eyes, superficial visual obstruction, pain and swelling of the throat, mumps, one-sided headache, high fever.

    Neuroanatomy:
    Superficial Innervation: Greater auricular nerve (C2 - C3)
    Dermatome Segment: C2

    Notes:
    Lad and Durve (2008) in Marma Points of Ayurveda call this point Karnapala or Karna Urdhva and associate it with Prana Vayu and Apana Vayu.

    They give the following functions:
    - Benefits the ears
    - Relieves pain in the low back, face and neck
    - Stimulates the awakening of kundalini energy
    - Calms hyperactivity of the mind
    - Stimulates mental alertness

    Another marma point on the ear is Karnapali located in the centre of the earlobe. It is associated with Prana Vayu, Alochaka Pitta and Sadhaka Pitta with the following functions:
    - Benefits eyes and stimulates vision
    - Relieves headaches
    - Helps to relieve ear congestion
    - Calms hyperactivity of the mind, ADHD
    - Relieves stress

    In Tibetan medicine:
    Bleeding point (AMNH, Tibetan Medical Paintings)


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