Acupuncture Points Notebook

Location Guides:

: Tongli : Penetrating the Interior

He-5 : Hand Shaoyin Heart 5

Luo-Connecting point
Ma Dan-yang Heavenly Star point

On the radial side of flexor carpi ulnaris, 1 cun proximal to Shenmen He-7

Perpendicular insertion, or oblique proximal or distal insertion 0.5 - 1 cun

TCM Actions:
Calms the spirit
Regulates heart rhythm
Benefits the tongue
Activates the channel and alleviates pain

TCM Indications:
  • Frequent yawning and groaning with sadness, restless zang disorder, vexation and anger, sadness and fright, depressive disorder, pain and agitation of the Heart, frequent vexation with burning sensation of the heart, fullness and distension of the chest and diaphragm radiating to the lateral costal region.
  • Palpitations, fright palpitations, pounding of the Heart, disorders of the Heart rhythm, diminished qi.
  • Sudden loss of voice, inability to speak, stuttering, stiffness of the tongue, eye pain, throat painful obstruction, red face with absence of sweating, head wind, headache and dizziness, visual dizziness, bitter vomiting.
  • Menorrhagia, profuse uterine bleeding, eneuresis.
  • Pain and heaviness of the wrist and elbow, contraction of the fingers, pain of the elbow and upper arm, paralysis of the four limbs.

    Superficial Innervation: Medial cutaneous nerve of the forearm from C8 - T1
    Dermatome Segment: C8, T1
    Deeper Structures: Ulnar nerve from C8 - T1

    Ling Shu Ch. 10, On Channels, describes the diseases relating to the Luo emanating from this point as:
    Repletion: A feeling of fullness in the diaphragm
    Depletion: Inability to speak
    (Unschuld, 2016).

    Ling Shu Ch. 19, On the Four Seasonal Qi, advises using the channels and Luo vessels for diseases which occur in spring. They are pierced deeply if severe and more shallow if mild. For the other seasons:
    - in summer choose the Yang channels and Luo located in the partings between the skin and flesh
    - in autumn choose the Shu-Stream points unless the disease in the Fu organs, then use the He-Sea points
    - in winter choose Jing-Well and Ying-Spring opening and retain the needle.

    Ling Shu Ch. 21, On Cold and Heat Diseases, repeats the advice to use Luo in spring but and adds that they can also treat diseases of the skin. For the other seasons it differs slightly from Ch. 19:
    - in summer choose the partings in skin structures which also treat the muscle and flesh
    - in autumn Taiyuan Lu-9 is chosen and can treat the sinews and vessels (this may also apply to other Shu-Stream points for this purpose, text is unclear)
    - in winter one chooses the main channel points which also treat the bones and marrow.

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