Acupuncture Points Notebook

: Yemen : Fluid Gate

SJ-2 : Hand Shaoyang Triple Burner 2

Ying-Spring and Water point

Between the little and ring fingers, 0.5 cun proximal to the margin of the web.

Perpendicular insertion 0.3 - 0.5 cun

TCM Actions:
Disperses upper jiao heat and benefits the ears
Calms the spirit
Activates the channel and alleviates pain

TCM Indications:
  • Deafness, sudden deafness, tinnitus, earache, headache, red eyes with lacrimation, dry eyes, swelling and pain of the throat, toothache, bleeding gums, pain of the gums.
  • Fright palpitations, raving, mania, propensity to fright, epilepsy, shortness of breath.
  • Malaria, fever with absence of sweating.
  • Pain of the arm, inability to raise the arm due to pain, redness and swelling of the back of the hand, contraction of the five fingers, weakness of the wrist, neck pain.

    Superficial Innervation: Ulnar nerve from C8 and T1
    Dermatome Segment: C7, 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. 52, On the Wei Qi, considers this to be the root of the hand Shaoyang meridian with the tip being at Jiaosun SJ-20 or Sizhukong SJ-23.


    In Mayan medicine:
    Pierced for problems in the hands and pain in the elbow. Said to be where the wind of the body is stored (Garcia, Sierra, Balam, 1999: Wind in the Blood).


    Galen mentioned bleeding the vein in the left ring finger for a disordered spleen, preferably on two consecutive days (Brain, 1986, Galen on Bloodletting, p.90).


    Sieler (2015, Lethal Spots, Vital Secrets, p.196-197) describes an incident where a siddha vital spot practitioner (acan) does a demonstration of how easily he can open the author's fist "with astounding ease by pressing a spot between the knuckles of the small and the ring finger. This produces stinging pain, forcing me to open my hand".

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