Acupuncture Points Notebook

: Zhongzhu : Middle Flow

Kid-15 : Foot Shaoyin Kidney 15

Meeting of Kidney with Chong Mai

On the lower abdomen, 1 cun below the umbilicus, 4 cun superior to the superior border of the symphysis pubis, 0.5 cun lateral to the midline (Yinjiao Ren-7). 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 intestines
Regulates the lower jiao

TCM Indications:
  • Constipation, dry stools, diarrhoea, dysenteric disorder, sensation of heat in the lower abdomen, irregular menstruation, redness and pain of the inner canthus.
  • Pain of the lumbar spine and abdomen, rushing sensation up and down the lumbar spine.

    Superficial Innervation: Anterior cutaneous thoracic nerve from T11
    Dermatome Segment: T11

    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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