Acupuncture Points Notebook

Location Guides:

: Burong : Not Contained

St-19 : Foot Yangming Stomach 19


Location:
On the abdomen, 2 cun lateral to the midline and 6 cun superior to the umbilicus, level with Juque Ren-14.

Needling:
Perpendicular insertion 0.5 - 0.8 cun

Warning:
Deep insertion may injure the heart on the left or the liver on the right if either of these organs are enlarged


TCM Actions:
Harmonises the middle jiao and lowers rebellion
Descends qi and alleviates cough and wheezing

TCM Indications:
  • Abdominal distension, epigastic pain, vomiting, vomiting blood, poor appetite, abdominal deficiency borborygmus.
  • Cough, dyspnoea, difficult breathing with raised shoulders, pain of the chest, back, shoulder and costal region, pain of the Heart, dry mouth.

    Neuroanatomy:
    Superficial Innervation: Cutaneous branches of thoracic nerves from T7
    Dermatome Segment: T7

    Notes:
    Its location on the Stomach channel midway between Ren-14 and Liv-14, front Mu of the Heart and Liver, combined with its name, "Not Contained" gives the suggestion of this point being used primarily when emotional issues cause Heat from the Heart or Liver to overflow into the Stomach and intestines causing symptoms like epigastric pain, reflux, dry mouth and distention.

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    Lad and Durve (2008) in Marma Points of Ayurveda call this point Vankri and associate it with Samana Vayu, Udana Vayu, Vyana Vayu, Ranjaka Pitta, Pachaka Pitta and Kledaka Kapha.

    They give the following functions:
    - Benefits the liver, gallbladder, spleen and pancreas
    - Relieves pain locally
    - Regulates digestion and acid secretion
    - Maintains tone of diaphragm muscle
    - Regulates lactation

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


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