Acupuncture Points Notebook

: Shaofu : Lesser Palace

He-8 : Hand Shaoyin Heart 8

Ying-Spring and Fire point

Horary point of the Heart channel

On the palm, in the depression between the 4th and 5th metacarpal bones, where the tip of the little finger rest when a fist is made

Perpendicular insertion 0.5 cun

TCM Actions:
Clears heat from the heart and small intestine
Calms the spirit
Regulates heart qi
Activates the channel and alleviates pain

TCM Indications:
  • Palpitations, fright palpitations, sadness and worry with diminished qi, fear, fear of people, excessive sighing, plumstone qi (globus hystericus), chest pain, agitation and fullness epilepsy.
  • Itching of the genitals, pain of the genitals, difficult urination, enuresis, prolapse of the uterus.
  • Chronic malaria, cold shivering, throat pain, stiffness of the tongue.
  • Contraction of the little finger or hand, head of the palms, pain of the arm, contraction of the elbow and axilla.

    Superficial Innervation: Ulnar nerve (palmar branch) from C8 - T1
    Dermatome Segment: C8

    Ling Shu Ch. 9, On Ends and Beginnings, advises that in the case of Heat associated with receding Ying Qi the Yang conduit should be pierced once and the Yin conduits twice. Based on other recommendation to use the He-Sea of the Yang conduits (Ch. 19) and the Yuan-Source with the Ying-Spring points (Chs. 6, 19 and 24) to clear Heat from the Zangfu, that would suggest this point, Shenmen He-7 and Xiaohai SI-8 as a protocol to clear Heat in the Heart/Small Intestine (although other chapters suggest the Heart channel is not treatable in Ling Shu acupuncture). Next it advises that in Cold associated with receding Yang Qi the Yang should be pierced twice and the Yin once but no such obvious protocol is evident for this situation. Another interpretation that would match with common practice today, based on the idea of odd numbers being Yang/moving/clearing while even numbers are Yin/tonifying/reinforcing, is that the points on the channel to be cleared are pierced on one side only while those on the channel to be tonified are pierced bilaterally.

    Ling Shu Ch. 19, on the Four Seasonal Qi, advises opening the Jing-Well and Ying-Spring openings in winter, piercing deeply and retaining the needle for a while. Like the comment above, this may not apply to this channel.

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

    In Thai massage:
    Acupressure point (Salguero & Roylance, 2011, Encyclopedia of Thai Massage)

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