Acupuncture Points Notebook

Location Guides:

: Daling : Great Mound

Pc-7 : Hand Jueyin Pericardium 7

Alternative Name(s): Guixin
Translation: Ghost Heart

Shu-Stream and Earth point

Yuan-Source point
Sun Si-miao Ghost point (2nd trinity)
Child point of the Pericardium channel

At the wrist joint, between the tendons of palmaris longus and flexor carpii radialis, level with Shenmen He-7.

Perpendicular insertion 0.3 - 0.5 cun, or oblique distal insertion along the carpal tunnel for carpal tunnel syndrome 0.5 - 1 cun, or transverse oblique proximal insertion up to 5 cun to join all points up to Ximen Pc-4 in "heart strengthening technique", Lingmen opposite needling and Ling Ze pointing to xi needling (Liu Yan, 2008, Diagrams of Acupuncture Manipulations, p.132-3).

TCM Actions:
Clears heat from the heart and calms the spirit
Harmonises the stomach and intestines
Unbinds the chest
Clears the nutritive level and cools blood

TCM Indications:
  • Heart pain, palpitations, pounding sensation of the Heart, insomnia, epilepsy, mania, manic raving, propensity to laugh (without ceasing), agitation, weeping with grief, sadness fright and fear.
  • Fullness of the chest, pain of the chest and lateral costal region, shortness of breath, much sighing, breast abscess, breast pain.
  • Stomach pain, vomiting, vomiting blood, sudden turmoil disorder, intestinal abscess, foul breath.
  • Fever with agitation and absence of sweating or ceaseless sweating, all wind-heat disorders with absence of sweating, heart in the body like fire.
  • Red eyes, yellow eyes, jaundice, throat painful obstruction, dry throat, pain at the root of the tongue, eczema of the hand, wind rash, carbuncles and furuncles, splitting headache.
  • Blood in the urine, difficult urination.
  • Swelling of the axilla, contraction of the hand, pain and contraction of the elbow, wrist pain, heat in the palms.

    Superficial Innervation: Median nerve from C6 - C8
    Dermatome Segment: C6, C7
    Deeper Structures: Carpal tunnel where median nerve from C5 - T1 passes into hand

    Tinel's sign: light percussion over the median nerve along the channel near this point will elicit a tingling or pins and needles feeling in the thumb, index and middle finger in cases of carpal tunnel syndrome.

    Phalen's manoeuver: holding the wrists in complete and forced flexion (pushing the dorsal surfaces of the wrist together) for 30 - 60 seconds can induce burning, tingling or numb sensations in cases of carpal tunnel syndrome.


    In five element acupuncture this point is reduced to drain excess in the Heart.


    Ling Shu Ch. 6 suggests piercing the Ying and Shu points of the Yin channels if a disease is in the Yin of the Yin realm (e.g. the Zang organs) suggesting this point and Laogong Pc-8 in diseases of the Heart (the Heart had no channel in Ling Shu, if disease had reached that far death was considered immanent).

    Ling Shu Ch. 9, On Ends and Beginnings, advises that in the case of Heat associated with receding Yin Qi the Yang conduit should be pierced once and the Yin conduits twice. Based on other recommendation to use the He-Sea of the Yang conduits (Ch. 19) and the Yuan-Source with the Ying-Spring points (Chs. 6, 19 and 24) to clear Heat from the Zangfu, that would suggest this point, Tianjing SJ-10 and Laogong Pc-8 as a protocol to clear Heat in the Pericardium/San Jiao. Next it advises that in Cold associated with receding Yang Qi the Yang should be pierced twice and the Yin once but no such obvious protocol is evident for this situation. Another interpretation that would match with common practice today, based on the idea of odd numbers being Yang/moving/clearing while even numbers are Yin/tonifying/reinforcing, is that the points on the channel to be cleared are pierced on one side only while those on the channel to be tonified are pierced bilaterally.

    Ling Shu Ch. 19, on the Four Seasonal Qi, advises using the Shu-Stream points, unless the diseases are in the Fu organs, in which case the He-Sea points are chosen.

    Ling Shu Ch. 44, On the Qi Moving in Accordance with the Norms, indicates that the Shu-Stream points should be pierced in summer or when the disease becomes milder and then more severe again. The seasonal aspect should not be interpreted literally as it describes the time periods of weakness and severity as "controlled by summer". It also describes the morning, afternoon, evening and night cycle of the day to be like the four seasons of the year with afternoon corresponding to summer. Only five channels are discussed so this point must have served the for the Heart too.


    In Lingmen opposite needling for blood in urine due to Heat in Heart Blood one needle is inserted from Daling Pc-7 to Ximen Pc-4 while another is inserted in the opposite direction from Ximen Pc-4 to Daling Pc-7 (Liu Yan, 2008, Diagrams of Acupuncture Manipulations, p.133).

    In Ling Ze pointing to xi needling for palpitations one needle one needle is inserted from Daling Pc-7 to Ximen Pc-4 while another is inserted in the opposite direction from Quze Pc-3 to Ximen Pc-4 (Liu Yan, 2008, Diagrams of Acupuncture Manipulations, p.132).


    Ghost Points:
    The second trinity of ghost points, consisting of this point Shenmai Bl-62 and Fengfu Du-16, is concerned with the ghost trying to get you to search for the remnants of its past, either by dreamwork or literally going to places and seeking people it longs for. This is the most Yang phase of possession with many signs of Wind and Heat leading to agitation, uncontrollable movement and outbursts.

    The name for this point Guixin, Ghost Heart, represents that the ghost is beginning to control the emotions of the person leading to sudden outbursts from Heat in the Blood. Therefore this point would be bled (Yuen, 2005, 3 Spirits & 7 Souls).


    This point is also 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 open the chest enabling the mind's descent to the Kidneys (Source points connect to the Kindeys). The others in the set are Shuaigu GB-8, Shanzhong Ren-17 and Jimai Liv-12 or Ququan Liv-8 (Yuen, 2005, 3 Spirits & 7 Souls).


    In ayurvedic medicine:
    Manibandha marma point
    Size: 2 angula (cun)
    Structure: Tendon
    Effect of Injury: Pain (riijakar marma)
    (Harish Johari, 1996, Ayurvedic Massage, Sanatan Society; Anupama Bhattacharya, n.d. Marma Shastra)

    Lad and Durve (2008) in Marma Points of Ayurveda call this point Manibandhaa and associate it with the doshas: Apana Vayu, Vyana Vayu and Shleshaka Kapha.

    They give the following functions:
    - Frees movement in the wrist joint
    - Relieves localised pain
    - Influences the reproductive organs
    - Unfolds mental tranquility, balances emotions
    - Strengthens the rectum and benefits sexual activity


    In Thai massage:
    Acupressure point along the Kalatharee sen line where the channel running from the navel Shenque Ren-8 to the hands splits into five lines going to the fingers (Salguero & Roylance, 2011, Encyclopedia of Thai Massage)

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