Acupuncture Points Notebook

: Luxi : Skull's Rest

SJ-19 : Hand Shaoyang Triple Burner 19

Posterior to the ear, in a small depression two thirds of the distance along a curved line drawn between Yifeng SJ-17 to Jiaosun SJ-20 following the line of the rim of the ear.

Subcutaneous insertion along the course of the channel 0.3 - 0.5 cun, or prick to bleed.

According to several classical texts this point is contraindicated to bleeding.

TCM Actions:
Benefits the ears and clears heat
Calms fright and relieves tetany

TCM Indications:
  • Deafness, tinnitus, ear pain, discharge of pus from the ear, itching of the face, redness and swelling of the corner of the forehead (in the region of Touwei St-8).
  • Headache, heavy head, one sided headache, heat in the body with headache and inability to sleep, dizziness, childhood epilepsy, tetany, fright and fear, childhood vomiting of foamy (watery) saliva, vomiting and drooling, pain of hte chest and lateral costal region, dyspnoea, seminal emission.

    Superficial Innervation: Greater auricular nerve, from the cervical nerve plexus (branches from C2 - C3)
    Dermatome Segment: C2

    Galen recommended arteriotomy "behind the ear" and so probably at Yifeng SJ-17, or on the occipital artery at this point or Qimai SJ-18 for scotomatics (blind spots) and people with "chronic hot and spiritous pains in the head" (Brain, 1986, Galen on Bloodletting, p.97).

    Aretaeus performed arteriotomy in front (probably Taiyang) and behind the ears for epilepsy (ibid.: p.97, footnote).

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