Acupuncture Points Notebook

Location Guides:

: Futonggu : Abdomen Connecting Valley or Through the Valley

Kid-20 : Foot Shaoyin Kidney 20

Spirit Point

Meeting of Kidney with Chong Mai

On the upper abdomen, 5 cun above the umbilicus, 0.5 cun lateral to the midline (Shangwan Ren-13). Note: The Great Compendium of Acupuncture and Moxibustion locates this 1.5 cun from the midline.

Perpendicular insertion 1 - 1.5 cun

Deep needling may penetrate the peritoneal cavity.

TCM Actions:
Harmonises the lower jiao
Unbinds the chest and transforms phlegm

TCM Indications:
  • Vomiting, undigested food in the stool, abdominal distension, diarrhoea.
  • Fullness of the chest, pain of the lateral costal region, Heart pain, coughing and dyspnoea.
  • Palpitation, disorientation, epilepsy, sudden loss of voice, swelling beneath the tongue with difficulty in speaking, protrusion of the tongue, deviation of the mouth.
  • Inability to turn the neck, malaria, redness of the eyes originating at the inner canthus.

  • Neuroanatomy:
    Superficial Innervation: Anterior cutaneous thoracic nerve from T8
    Dermatome Segment: T8

    In five element acupuncture indicated for feeling full of fear, feeling trapped, feelings of negativity, someone facing death, suicide and/or loneliness.


    The top point of Tung's Stomach Hair Seven (Wei Mao Qi) is located at the tip of the xiphoid process, equivalent to Ren-15, with two below it at 1 cun intervals. Two more are located 1.5 cun lateral to the inferior two on either side. The lower lateral points would be at the location given in the Great Compendium for this point. They are treated using Tung's method of pricking for "wool-like furuncles", stomach diseases, stomach bleeding, enteritis, palpitations and various types of sudden turmoil (McCann, 2014, Pricking the Vessels).

    Reference Notes: (click to display)