Acupuncture Points Notebook

Location Guides:

: Henggu : Pubic Bone

Kid-11 : Foot Shaoyin Kidney 11

Doorway to the Earth Point

Trigger point (Travell & Simons, 1998, Trigger Point Manual)
Luo Harmonizing point

Meeting of Kidney with Chong Mai and Yin Qiao Mai

On the lower abdomen, 5 cun below the umbilicus, at the superior border of the symphysis pubis, 0.5 cun lateral to the midline (Qugu Ren-2). Note: The Great Compendium of Acupuncture and Moxibustion locates this 1 cun from the midline.

Perpendicular insertion 0.5 - 1 cun

Deep insertion will penetrate a full bladder which should be emptied before treatment.

TCM Actions:
Benefits the lower jiao

TCM Indications:
  • Seminal emission, impotence, deficiency and exhaustion of the five zang with seminal emission, enuresis, retention of urine, the five tupes of painful urinary dysfunction, pain of the genitals, painful retraction of the genitals, shan disorder, hypogastric pain, redness of the eyes originating in the inner canthus.
  • Uterine prolapse, prolapse of the rectum.

    Superficial Innervation: Ilioinguinal nerve (L1)
    Dermatome Segment: S4

    Trigger Point Associations:
    Muscle: Rectus abdominus and pyramidalis
    Myotome Innervation: Rectus abdominus: Thoraco-abdominal nerves from T12; Pyramidalis: Subcostal nerve from T12
    Location Notes: The Great Compendium's location of 1 cun from the midline would be a better choice for the trigger point as the diagrams show them in the middle of the rectus abdominus muscle
    Pain Referral Pattern:
    \nRectus abdominus: In a band across the back at the level of the the point, above the buttocks and below the PSIS
    \nPyramidalis: Between symphysis pubis and umbilicus
    Indications: Abdominal pain and digestive discomfort

    This point is also the origin of the 4th trajectory of the Chong mai relating to structural aspects of the body via the Qiao (Yuen, 2005, The Extraoridinary Vessels).

    At the end of a Kidney Luo treatment this point is needled, deqi grasped and removed immediately to normalize the circulation of blood (Cecil-Sterman, 2012, Advanced Acupuncture).

    In Thai massage:
    Point along the Kalatharee sen line running from the navel Shenque Ren-8 to the feet (Salguero & Roylance, 2011, Encyclopedia of Thai Massage)

    Reference Notes: (click to display)