Acupuncture Points Notebook

Location Guides:

: Jimai : Urgent Pulse

Liv-12 : Foot Jueyin Liver 12

Doorway to the Earth Point

1 cun inferior and 2.5 cun lateral to Qugu Ren-2, in the crease of the groin, medial to the femoral vein. The femoral artery is located approximately midway between the pubic symphysis and the ASIS and the femoral vein runs medial to this and is approximately 1 fingerbreadth in diameter.

Medial, slightly oblique insertion 0.5 - 0.8 cun

Care should be taken to avoid penetrating the femoral vein. The Essential Questions advises moxibustion only at this point, but modern texts indicate that moxibustion is prohibited here due to the proximity of both the femoral vessels and the pubic hair, and suggest the point should be treated by needling.

TCM Actions:
Eliminates cold from the liver channel and benefits the lower jiao

TCM Indications:
  • Pain of the genitals, pain of the penis, swelling of the testicles, uterine prolapse.
  • Pain of the hypogastrium, shan disorder, pain of the inner thigh.

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

    This point is indicated for issues relating to the Third Level of Manifestation of the Soul, or the Manipura chakra, manifesting in difficulties switching the mind off, becoming unconscious and sleeping. The problem is that the Lung qi is unable to descend into the formless darkness of the Kidneys or the Kidneys are unable to hold it here.
    The specific purpose of this point is to prevent the Kidneys giving Jing to the Liver, arousing the Blood and causing dream states. The others in the set are Shuaigu GB-8, Daling Pc-7 and Shanzhong Ren-17.
    During the Ming Dynasty this point was replaced with Ququan Liv-8 as points around the genitals became taboo (Yuen, 2005, 3 Spirits & 7 Souls).

    In Mayan medicine:
    Used to treat pain in the lower limbs (Garcia, Sierra, Balam, 1999: Wind in the Blood)

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