Acupuncture Points Notebook

Location Guides:

滿 : Siman : Four Fullnesses

Kid-14 : Foot Shaoyin Kidney 14

Trigger point (Travell & Simons, 1998, Trigger Point Therapy)

Meeting of Kidney with Chong Mai

On the lower abdomen, 2 cun below the umbilicus, 3 cun superior to the superior border of the symphysis pubis, 0.5 cun lateral to the midline (Shimen Ren-5). Note: The Great Compendium of Acupuncture and Moxibustion locates this 1 cun from the midline.

Perpendicular insertion 1 - 1.5 cun

Deep needling may penetrate the peritoneal cavity.

TCM Actions:
Regulates the lower jiao
Regulates qi and moves blood stasis
Regualates the water passages promotes urination

TCM Indications:
  • Lower abdominal pain, abdominal distension, shan disorder, cutting pain below the umbilicus, stone oedema of the upper abdomen, oedema, running piglet qi, pain of the Kidneys.
  • Irregular menstruation, uterine bleeding, malign blood with acute pain, accumulated cold in the uterus, infertility, leucorrhoea, retention of lochia, seminal emission, white and turbid urethral discharge.
  • Dysenteric disorder, diarrhoea, water in the Large Intestine, constipation, cold shivering, pain of both lateral costal regions, redness and pain of the inner canthus.

    Superficial Innervation: Anterior cutaneous thoracic nerve from T12
    Dermatome Segment: T12

    Trigger Point Associations:
    Muscle: Rectus abdominis dysmenorrhoea points
    Myotome Innervation: Thoraco-abdominal nerves from T11
    Location Notes: These points are closer to the midline
    Pain Referral Pattern: Local around point
    Indications: Dysmenorrhoea

    In Tung lineage acupuncture the Bowel Nest 23 (Fu Chao Er Shi San) are a group of points located in a line at 1 cun intervals between Ren-2 and Ren-10. An additional eight points on either side form a 4x5 grid at the levels of Ren-9 to Ren-5, also at 1 cun intervals. This would match with the alternative location for this point given in the Great Compendium. Ren-8, on the navel, is not included.

    They are pricked using Tung's method in local disorders of pain, stagnation and heat in the abdomen such as uteritis, nephritis, umbilical area pain, enteritis, appendicitis and intestinal cancers (McCann, 2014, Pricking the Vessels).

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