Acupuncture Points Notebook

Location Guides:

: Chongmen : Rushing Gate

Sp-12 : Foot Taiyin Spleen 12

Doorway to the Earth Point
Opening point of the Spleen Divergent channel (Cecil-Sterman, 2012, Advanced Acupuncture)

Meeting of Spleen with Liver, Yin Wei Mai and Spleen Divergent

3.5 cun lateral to Qugu Ren-2, on the lateral side of the femoral artery.

Perpendicular insertion 0.5 - 1 cun

Deep needling in a medial direction may puncture the femoral artery, and in a lateral direction, the fermoral nerve

TCM Actions:
Invigorates blood, regulates qi and alleviates pain
Drains damp, clears heat and regulates urination

TCM Indications:
  • Abdominal pain, cold in the abdomen with fullness, abdominal (ji ju) masses, shan disorder, pain of haemorrhoids, foetal qi rushes upward to the Heart leading to difficulty breathing, difficult lactation.
  • Difficult urination, retention of urine, painful urinary dysfunction, leucorrhoea, sudden turmoil disorder, heat in the body, atrophy disorder and painful obstruction of the lower limb.

    Superficial Innervation: Femoral branches of genitofemoral nerve from L1
    Dermatome Segment: L1

    This point would also be on the Chong mai where it travels along the pubic axis in Jeffrey Yuen's descriptions (Yuen, 2005, The Extraordinary Vessels).

    Ling Shu Ch. 71, On Evil Visitors, says that when a depletion evil is in the Spleen it remains in the two thighs. Yuen's theory of the Divergent meridians suggests that they store pathogens at the major joints, depleting our resources while they do, which would suggest this is referring to the Spleen/Stomach Divergent. Jimen Sp-11 could also be a candidate as the text only specifies the thigh.

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

    Location of femoral pulse

    In Thai massage:
    Point along the Itha (left) and Pingala (right) sen lines running from the navel Shenque Ren-8 to the outer knee Liangqiu St-34 (Salguero & Roylance, 2011, Encyclopedia of Thai Massage)

    Reference Notes: (click to display)