Acupuncture Points Notebook

Location Guides:

: Daju : The Great

St-27 : Foot Yangming Stomach 27

Master Tung's Bowel Nest Twenty-Three
Trigger point (Travell & Simons, 1998, Trigger Point Manual)

On the abdomen, 2 cun lateral to the midline and 2 cun inferior to the umbilicus, level with Shimen Ren-5.

Perpendicular insertion 1 - 1.5 cun

In thin subjects, deep needling may penetrate the peritoneal cavity

TCM Actions:
Benefits the kidneys and firms essence
Regulates qi and promotes urination

TCM Indications:
  • Premature ejaculation, seminal emission, irregular menstruation, difficult urination, retention of urine.
  • Fright palpitations and insomnia, propensity to fright, agitation with thirst, loss of use of the four limbs, hemiplegia.
  • Lower abdominal distension and fullness, shan disorder.

    Superficial Innervation: Cutaneous branches of thoracic nerves from T12
    Dermatome Segment: T12

    Trigger Point Associations:
    Muscle: McBurney's point
    Myotome Innervation:
    Location Notes: McBurney's point is measured as approximately 1/3 distance from ASIS to navel which would put it around this point. Travell & Simons (1998) picture would confirm this.
    Pain Referral Pattern: To lateral side of abdomen
    Indications: Appendicitis

    In Tung lineage acupuncture the Bowel Nest 23 (Fu Chao Er Shi San) are a group of points located in a line at 1 cun intervals between Ren-2 and Ren-10. An additional eight points on either side form a 4x5 grid at the levels of Ren-9 to Ren-5, also at 1 cun intervals. This would match with the alternative location for this point given in the Great Compendium. Ren-8, on the navel, is not included.

    They are pricked using Tung's method in local disorders of pain, stagnation and heat in the abdomen such as uteritis, nephritis, umbilical area pain, enteritis, appendicitis and intestinal cancers (McCann, 2014, Pricking the Vessels).

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

    Reference Notes: (click to display)