Points Database

Location Guides:

: Dubi : Calf's Nose

St-35 : Foot Yangming Stomach 35

Classifications:
Luo Harmonizing point

Location:
On the knee, in the hollow formed when the knee is flexed, immediately below the patella and lateral to the patellar ligament.

Needling:
With the knee flexed and supported by a rolled pillow: perpendicular insertion directed towards Weizhong Bl-40, 1 - 2 cun, or oblique insertion in a medial and superior direction, behind the patella 1 - 2 cun, or behind the patella ligaement to join with medial Xiyan (MN-LE-16)

TCM Actions:
Dispels wind-damp and reduces swelling
Activates the channel and alleviates pain

TCM Indications:
  • Swelling and pain of the knee joint, difficulty in flexing and extending the knee, weakness of the knee joint, numbness of the lower limb, atrophy disorder of the lower limb, leg qi.

    Neuroanatomy:
    Superficial Innervation: Lateral femoral cutaneous nerve of the calf from L4 - S1
    Dermatome Segment: L5

    Notes:
    Ling Shu Ch. 26, On Miscellaneous Diseases, advises this point is pierced for pain in the knee. It is recommended to be employed at brief intervals.

    At the end of a Stomach Luo treatment this point is needled, deqi grasped and removed immediately to normalize the circulation of blood (Cecil-Sterman, 2012, Advanced Acupuncture).

    In Mayan medicine:
    Used to treat pain in the lower limbs (Garcia, Sierra, Balam, 1999: Wind in the Blood)

    Medieval phlebotomy point (Hans von Gersdorff, 1517: Feldtbüch der Wundartzney, www.nlm.nih.gov)


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