Acupuncture Points Notebook

Location Guides:

: Shangwan : Upper Cavity

Ren-13 : Extraordinary Conception Vessel 13

Master Tung's Stomach Hair Seven

Meeting of Conception Vessel with Stomach and Small Intestine

On the midline of the abdomen, 5 cun above the umbilicus and 3 cun below the sternocostal angle.

Perpendicular insertion 0.8 - 1.5 cun

In thin patients deep needling may penetrate the peritoneal cavity. No perpendicular needling in advanced pregnancy.

TCM Actions:
Harmonises the stomach and regulates qi
Descends rebellion and alleviates vomiting
Regulates the heart

TCM Indications:
  • Nausea, vomiting, deficiency-taxation vomiting of blood, difficult ingestion, Stomach reflux, sudden turmoil disorder, abdominal pain, abdominal distension and fullness, abdominal (ji ju) masses, pain of the Spleen, undigested food in the stool, borborgymus.
  • Sudden Heart pain, sudden of heat and agitation in the Heart, fright palpitations.
  • Heat in the body with absence of sweating, febrile disease, jaundice.
  • Wind epilepsy, much phlegm, running piglet, visual dizziness.

    Superficial Innervation: Anterior cutaneous thoracic nerve from T7
    Dermatome Segment: T7

    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 midline point would be at this location. 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).

    In Tibetan medicine:
    The tumour point, described as 1 inch below the xiphoid point, can be treated with burnt edelweiss flowers (Tra-wah) on crushed garlic for stomach tumours (Bradley, 2000: Principles of Tibetan Medicine)

    Reference Notes: (click to display)