Points Database

Location Guides:

: Daheng : Great Horizontal

Sp-15 : Foot Taiyin Spleen 15


Meetings:
Meeting of Spleen with Yin Wei Mai, Dai Mai and Kidney Divergent

Location:
On the abdomen, in the depression at the lateral border of the rectus abdominis muscle, 4 cun from the midline, level with the umbilicus.

Needling:
Perpendicular insertion 0.5 - 1 cun.

Warning:
In thin patients, deep needling may penetrate the peritoneal cavity. Deep needling at this point may penetrate a substantially enlarged spleen or liver.


TCM Actions:
Moves qi and regulates the intestines

TCM Indications:
  • Lower abdominal pain, cold and pain of the lower abdomen, cold or damp (dong) diarrhoea, dysenteric disorder, constipation, sensation of heat in the hypogastrium with sighing.
  • Propensity to sadness, sighing, inability to raise and move the four limbs, copious sweating.

    Neuroanatomy:
    Superficial Innervation: Lateral cutaneous thoracic nerve from T11
    Dermatome Segment: T11

    Notes:
    Classical texts such as the Nei Jing and Ling Shu which considered the Dai mai as simple a circle around the waist, would include this as a point on the Dai mai, along with others level to Shenque Ren-8 and Mingmen Du-4 instead of the traditional points (Yuen, 2005, The Eight Extraordinary Vessels).

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

    In Thai massage:
    Point along the Sahatsarangsi (left) and Tawaree (right) sen lines ascending up the outer leg to the abdomen and chest (Salguero & Roylance, 2011, Encyclopedia of Thai Massage)


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