Acupuncture Points Notebook

Location Guides:

: Huangshu : Vitals Shu

Kid-16 : Foot Shaoyin Kidney 16

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

Meeting of Kidney with Chong Mai and Kidney Divergent

On the abdomen, 0.5 cun lateral to the centre of the umbilicus. 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 qi and alleviates pain
Regualtes and warms the intestines

TCM Indications:
  • Constipation, dry stools, borborygmus, diarrhoea, vomiting, the five types of painful urinary dysfunction, redness and pain of the eye originating at the inner canthus.
  • Pain of the epigastrium and abdomen, cold in the epigastrium, distension and pain of the abdomen, cutting pain of the abdomen, shan disorder due to cold.

    Superficial Innervation: Anterior cutaneous thoracic nerve from T10
    Dermatome Segment: T10

    Trigger Point Associations:
    Muscle: Iliopsoas
    Myotome Innervation: Femoral nerve (L2 - L3)
    Location Notes: Palpation point only. Psoas muscle connects to the spine around this point on the posterior of the body
    Pain Referral Pattern: Down the lower back and to the anterior of the thigh
    Indications: Low back pain

    Ling Shu Ch. 52, On Wei Qi, suggest this point along with Tianshu St-25 and Pishu Bl-20 to release evil Qi in the abdomen. It advises to press the point for a time until there is a reaction and then pierce with the fine needle and apply a draining technique. Conditions treated are headache, dizziness and falling to the ground, abdominal pain, fullness, distension and accumulation. If it is painful and the pain moves it can be cured easily; if is is a painless fixed accumulation it is difficult.

    Classical texts such as the Nei Jing and Ling Shu which considered the Dai mai as simple a circle around the waist would include this a point on the Dai mai along with others level to Shenque Ren-8 and Mingmen Du-4 instead of the traditional points (Yuen, 2005, The Eight Extraordinary Vessels).

    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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