Acupuncture Points Notebook

Location Guides:

: Lougu : Dripping Valley

Sp-7 : Foot Taiyin Spleen 7


Location:
On the medial side of the lower leg, 3 cun superior to Sanyinjiao Sp-6, in a depression just posterior to the medial crest of the tibia.

Needling:
Perpendicular or oblique insertion 1 - 1.5 cun

Warning:
According to several classical texts, this point is contraindicated to moxibustion


TCM Actions:
Fortifies the spleen and resolves dampness
Promotes urination and disperses swelling

TCM Indications:
  • Abdominal fullness, borborygmus, diarrhoea, painful belching, wasting of the muscles and flesh despite normal eating and drinking.
  • Oedema, difficult urination, swelling of the ankle.
  • Sadness with counterflow qi, seminal emission.
  • Paralysis of the legs, leg qi, inversion counterflow of the legs and kenes, painful obstruction of the knees.

    Neuroanatomy:
    Superficial Innervation: Saphenous nerve, from femoral nerve (L2 - L4)
    Dermatome Segment: L4

    Notes:
    In Tung acupuncture this point is known as Di Huang, Earth Emperor (77.19) and is often combined with Ren Huang, Human Emperor (77.21), 3 cun above the medial malleolus at Sanyinjiao Sp-6, and Tian Huang, Heavenly Emperor (77.17), at Yinlingquan Sp-9 to make Xia San Huang, the Lower Three Emperors. They all treat many disorders of the Spleen, Liver and Kidney, this one especially focuses on the Kidneys (Chu, 2015).

    In Thai massage:
    Acupressure point (Salguero & Roylance, 2011, Encyclopedia of Thai Massage)



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