Acupuncture Points Notebook

Location Guides:

: Jiuwei : Turtledove Tail

Ren-15 : Extraordinary Conception Vessel 15

Classifications:
Luo-Connecting point of the Ren Mai
Master Tung's Stomach Hair Seven

Location:
On the midline of the abdomen, 7 cun above the umbilicus and 1 cun below the sternocostal angle.

Needling:
Oblique insertion directed inferiorly 0.5 - 1 cun

Warning:
According to several classical texts this point is contraindicated to moxibustion. Deep insertion, especially in thin subjects, may damage the left lobe of the liver or the heart if either are enlarged. Oblique superior insertion towards the heart is contraindicated in all cases. No perpendicular needling in advanced pregnancy.


TCM Actions:
Regulates the heart and calms the spirit
Descends lung qi and unbinds the chest

TCM Indications:
  • The five types of epilepsy, mania, mad walking, mad singing, aversion to the sound of people talking, fright palpitations.
  • Oppressive sensation in the Heart, chest pain, excessive sighing, pain radiating from the Heart to the back.
  • Pain of the skin of the abdomen, itching of the skin of the abdomen.
  • Wheezing, dyspnoea, fullness of the chest, cough, coughing blood, diminished qi, rattling sound in the throat, throat painful obstruction, swelling of the throat.
  • Difficult ingestion, Stomach reflux, prolapse of the rectum, febrile disease, one-sided headache extending to the outer canthus, excessive sexual activity leading to exhaustion in youths.

    Neuroanatomy:
    Superficial Innervation: Anterior cutaneous thoracic nerve from T6
    Dermatome Segment: T6

    Notes:
    One of the points in the Internal Dragons protocol in five element acupuncture is located 1/4" inch below this point, along with Tianshu St-25, Futu St-32 and Jiexi St-41, for eliminating a blockage between the therapist and patient, or a disconnection from themselves, due to internal causes.

    Ling Shu Ch. 10 describes the diseases relating to the Luo emanating from this point as:
    Repletion: Abdominal skin aches
    Depletion: Itching
    (Unschuld, 2016).

    The top point of Tung's Stomach Hair Seven (Wei Mao Qi) is located at the tip of the xiphoid process, equivalent to this point's location, with two below it at 1 cun intervals. Two more are located 1.5 cun lateral to the inferior two on either side. 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).

    Lad and Durve (2008) in Marma Points of Ayurveda call this point Agra Patra and associate it with Prana Vayu, Udana Vayu, Vyana Vayu, Pachaka Pitta and Sadhaka Pitta.

    They give the following functions:
    - Regulates cardiac function and heart rate
    - Enhances lung functions
    - Relieves pain locally
    - Releases suppressed emotions

    In Tibetan medicine:
    Moxa point (AMNH, Tibetan Medical Paintings)


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