Acupuncture Points Notebook

: Qiangu : Front Valley

SI-2 : Hand Taiyang Small Intestine 2

Ying-Spring and Water point

One of the "59 piercings" for clearing Heat in Ling Shu Ch. 23

On the ulnar border of the little finger, in a depression just distal to the metacarpo-phalangeal joint.

Oblique distal insertion 0.2 - 0.3 cun, or perpendicular-oblique insertion towards the palm, 0.5 cun

TCM Actions:
Clears wind-heat and reduces swelling
Benefits the eyes, ears and throat
Activates the channel and alleviates pain

TCM Indications:
  • Mumps, swelling and pain of the neck, swelling of the cheek radiating to the ear, throat painful obstruction, pain of the throat that prevents swallowing.
  • Superficial visual obstruction, eye pain with lacrimation, bursting eye pain, red eyes, congested nose, nosebleed, tinnitus.
  • Cough with fullness of the chest, coughing blood, febrile disease with absence of sweating, malaria, thirst, difficult urination with dark urine, epilepsy, post-partum absence of lactation.
  • Stiffness and pain of the neck and back, pain of the scapula, pain and inability to raise the arm, wrist pain, heat of the palms, hear and pain of the little finger, itching and numbness of the fingers.

    Superficial Innervation: Ulnar nerve (digital branch) from C8 and T1
    Dermatome Segment: C8

    Ling Shu Ch. 19, on the Four Seasonal Qi, advises opening the Jing-Well and Ying-Spring openings in winter, piercing deeply and retaining the needle for a while.

    Ling Shu Ch. 23, On Heat Diseases, gives a different list of points for the "59 Piercings" to Su Wen Ch. 61. They include three on the outer and three on the inner side of the hands which most likely includes this point.

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