Points Database

Location Guides:

: Fushe : Abode of the Fu

Sp-13 : Foot Taiyin Spleen 13

Classifications:
Trigger point (Travell & Simons, 1998, Trigger Point Manual)

Meetings:
Meeting of Spleen with Liver and Yin Wei Mai

Location:
On the lower abdomen, 0.7 cun superior and 0.5 cun lateral to Chongmen Sp-12, 4 cun lateral to the midline. This point is also defined as lying 4.3 cun inferior to Daheng Sp-15.

Needling:
Perpendicular insertion 1 - 1.5 cun

Warning:
In thin patients deep needling could penetrate the peritoneal cavity.


TCM Actions:
Regulates qi and alleviates pain

TCM Indications:
  • Abdominal fullness and pain, painful abdominal (ji ju) masses, shan disorder, constipation, pain of the lateral costal region, sudden turmoil disorder, pain of the thigh.

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

    Trigger Point Associations:
    Muscle: Lateral abdominals
    Myotome Innervation: Intercostal nerves from T8 - T12 and iliohypogastric and ilioinguinal nerves (L1)
    Location Notes: Various points around here may cause diarrhoea if active
    Pain Referral Pattern: From point and inferiorly to groin with spillover across abdomen
    Indications: Abdominal pain and digestive discomfort


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