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Gong Sun Sp-04

English translation: Minute Connecting channels or Grandfather Grandson

International identity number: Sp 04, Spleen 4

Point Associations:

  • Luo- Luo-Connecting point of the Spleen channel
  • Master (Opening) point of the Chong Mai (Penetrating vessel) with P-06

Location:

  • In the depression distal and inferior to the base of the 1st. metatarsal bone. 1 cun posterior to Sp-03,  at the junction of the red and white skin.
  • On the medial side of the foot, in the depression distal and inferior to the base of the first metatarsal bone.

Needle insertion:

  • Perpendicular insertion 0.5 to 1 cun

Functions:

  • Tonifies Stomach and Spleen
  • Regulates the Chong Mai (Penetrating Vessel)
  • Stops bleeding
  • Dispels fullness
  • Pacifies the Stomach
  • Removes obstructions
  • Regulates menstruation

Gong Sun (Sp-04) is an important and frequently used acu points.  It is the opening point of the Chong Mai of the Eight Extraordinary Vessels, which may be the most ancient body energetic system.

Gong Sun (Sp-04) has an important role in harmonising the middle Jiao when there is excess type epigastric and abdominal pain. It is used to treat food poisoning and dysentery. It strengthens the Spleen. It regulates stagnation of Qi and transform Dampness.

Treats pain  in the heel.

Gynecological and Abdominal issues due to stagnation of Qi and Blood – masses, fibroids, cysts, irregular menstruation.

When combined with P-06 it can treat chest and heart pain and disharmony of the Mind, with sighing, anxiety, insomnia, nervousness.


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Nei Guan P-06

English translation: Inner Gate or Inner Pass or Inner Closure.

International identity number: P 06, PC 06, Pericardium 6

Point Associations:

  • Luo-Connecting point of the Pericardium channel
  • Opening (Master) point of the Yin Wei Mai with Sp-04

Location:

  • 2 cun above the wrist crease on the cleft of the tendons of m. palmaris longus and m. flexor carpi radialis.

Needle insertion:

  • Perpendicular insertion 0.5 to 1 cun, or joined to Wai Guan SJ-5;
  • Oblique proximal insertion 1 to 1.5 cun for diseases of the chest;
  • Oblique distal insertion 1 to 1.5 cun for numbness of the fingers.

Functions:

  • Opens the chest
  • Regulates Heart Qi and Blood
  • Regulates and clears the San Jiao
  • Calms the Mind
  • Regulates Jue Yin
  • Harmonises the Stomach Qi and alleviates nausea and vomiting
  • Clears heat
  • Opens the Yin Wei Mai

Nei Guan (P-06) is one of the most important and frequently used acu points.  It is the opening point of the Yin Wei Mai of the Eight Extraordinary Vessels, which may be the most ancient body energetic system.

Nei Guan (P-06) is one of the most important acu points when treating chronic the Heart arising from Qi stagnation. It opens and relaxes tightness of the chest associated with angina, asthma, palpitations. It should be considered with treating Insomnia whether of a deficiency or excess nature.

Nei Guan (P-06) is frequently used in Shen or Mind disorders such as mania, nervousness, stress, poor memory.

Nei Guan (P-06) is frequently used in nausea, seasickness, motion sickness, vomiting, epigastric pain. It is also a commonly used acu point in treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.


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He Gu (LI-04)

English translation: Joining Valley

International identity number: LI-04, Large Intestine 4

IMPORTANT: This point is prohibited for use during pregnancy

Point Associations:

  • Yuan-Source point
  • Gao Wu Command point
  • Ma Dan-yang Heavenly Star point

Location:

Midway between the junction of the 1st. and 2nd metacarpal bones (fingers) and the margin of the web.

Needle insertion:

Perpendicular insertion 0.5 – 1.0 cun. Oblique insertion directed proximally 1 to 1.5 cun.

Functions:

  • Dispels, exterior Wind,
  • Releases the Exterior,
  • Stimulates the dispersing function of the Lungs,
  • Stops pain,
  • Removes obstructions from channel by activating the channel and alleviates pain
  • Tonifies Qi and consolidates the Exterior,
  • Harmonises ascending and descending,
  • Regulates the defensive Qi and adjusts sweating
  • Regulates the face, eyes, nose, mouth and ears
  • Induces labour
  • Restores the Yang

He Gu (LI-04) is one of Ma Dan Yang’s ‘Twelve Heavenly Star Points’, long considered the pre-eminent list of the most important acupuncture points.

He Gu (LI-04) is one of the most frequently used of all Acupuncture points and has a wide range of uses. It is particularly useful for all kinds of pain in the face, including eyes, ears, and nose. He Gu (LI-04) is a primary point used in Acupuncture anaesthesia.

He Gu (LI-04) induces Labour. It is used in difficult deliveries, and even to expel retained placenta. He Gu (LI-04) is strongly contraindicated during pregnancy.

The combination known as “the Four Gates” includes He Gu (LI-04) and Taichong (Liv-03) is useful for clearing cold and heat obstructions (pain) of the entire body.  Combined with Quchi (LI 11) it is used to reduce high fever of any cause.

He Gu (LI-04) has the action of expelling pathogens and as such is an excellent immunity booster acu point.


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Wei Zhong – Bl-40

English translation: Supporting Middle or Middle of the Crook

International identity number: Bl-40, UB-40, Urinary Bladder 40

Point Associations:

  • He Sea Point
  • Earth Point
  • Lower He Sea Point of the Urinary Bladder
  • Lumbar Command Point

Location:

In the middle of the popliteal fossa. Midpoint of the transverse crease of the popliteal fossa, between the tendons of biceps femoris and semitendinosis.

Needle insertion:

Perpendicular insertion 1.0 – 1.5 cun, or prick the popliteal vein with the three-edged needle to cause bleeding.

Functions:

  • Clears Heat
  • Resolves Dampness
  • Relaxes the sinews
  • Removes obstructions from the channel
  • Benefits the lumbar region and knees
  • Cools Blood
  • Eliminates stasis of Blood
  • Clears Summer Heat
  • Activates the channel and alleviates pain
  • Benefits the Bladder

Wei zhong (Bl-40) is one of Ma Dan Yang’s ‘Twelve Heavenly Star Points’, long considered the pre-eminent list of the most important acupuncture points.

Wei Zhong (Bl 40) as the Lumbar Command point, is an excellent point for any low back condition, acute or chronic, muscle spasm. It is one of the main points for heat conditions such as summer heat, heatstroke and heat exhaustion. He-Sea points are where the Qi of the meridian collects and goes deep into the body. He-sea points are known to indicated treat rebellious Qi and diarrhoea. It is also known to help skin conditions, itching, oozing, inflammation, etc.. Good local point for leg a/or knee pain.


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Tai Bai – Sp-03

English translation: Greater White

International identity number: Sp-03, Spleen 3

Point Associations:

  • Shu-Stream
  • Yuan-Source
  • Earth point of the Spleen meridian

Location:

  • On the medial and proximal to the 1st. meta-tarso-phalangeal joint at the junction of the red and white skin.

Needle insertion:

  • Perpendicularly 0.3-0.5 inch. Moxibustion is applicable.

Functions:

  • Strengthens the Spleen
  • Resolves Damp and damp-heat
  • Strengthens the spine
  • Harmonises the Spleen and Stomach
  • Regulates Qi

Tai Bai (Sp-03) is an important when we want to regulate digestive metabolism especially those with excess pathologies. You can use moxibustion on this point to treat Spleen Yang deficiency.  You should also consider Tai Bai for abdominal distention, epigastric pain, constipation, dysentery, vomiting, diarrhea, borborygmus, sluggishness or heaviness in the body, muscle atrophy in the lower legs


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Zhao Hai – K-06

English translation: Shining Sea

International identity number: K-06, Kd-06, KI-06, Kid-06, Kidney 6

Point Associations:

  • Master point of the Yin Qiao Mai (Yin Heel vessel), (couple with Lieque Lu-07)

Location:

In the depression of the lower border of the medial malleolus, or 1 cun below the medial malleolus.

Functions:

  • Nourishes Yin
  • Benefits the eyes
  • Calms the Mind (Shen)
  • Invigorates the Yin Qiao Mai (Heel Vessel)
  • Cools Blood,
  • Benefits the throat
  • Promotes the function of the uterus
  • Opens the chest
  • Nourishes the Kidneys and clears Empty Heat (Deficiency Heat)
  • Regulates the lower Jiao

Zhao Hai (K-06) is the primary point to nourish Kidney Yin, which nourishes total Yin of ther body and as such is included in nearly every prescription of points when the practitioner wants to nourish Yin. It is used to benefit the throat from any pathology and especially when there is dryness or Yin deficiency. It is combined with Lei Que (Lu-07) to reconnect Lungs with Kidney to treat the grasping function of the Kidneys when there is inability to “catch the breath”.  It is also used for constipation especially when due to Kidney Deficiency. YOU can also use it to treat night time fears and fright.


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Shen Mai – Bl-62

English translation: Extending Vessel

International identity number: Bl-62, UB-62, Urinary Bladder 62

Point Associations:

  • Master point of the Yang Qiao Mai (Yang Heel vessel), (couple with Hou Xi SI-03)
  • Ghost (Sun Si-miao) point

Location:

In the depression directly below the external malleolus. In the depression 0.5 cun below the lower border of the external malleolus, directly below the tip.  In the depression inferior to the lateral malleolus.

Functions:

  • Removes obstructions from the channel, (alleviates pain)
  • Benefits the head and eyes,
  • Relaxes sinews,
  • Opens the Yang Qiao Mai,
  • Clears the Mind (Shen),
  • Dispels interior Wind, (treats epilepsy)
  • benefits the eyes and head,
  • Expels exterior Wind

Shen Mai (Bl-62) is an excellent point for neck and back issues when coupled with Hou Xi SI-03. It is a primary point to treat Epilepsy or seizures and Thunder headaches. It can also be used to treat Meniere’s disease, psychosis and mania, insomnia, extroversion of foot, Headache, neck rigidity, pain of the lumbar and leg, hemiplegia, arthritis, tinnitus, deafness,


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Zhi Gou – SJ-06


English translation: Branching Ditch

International identity number: SJ-06, TH-06, TW-06, San Jiao 06

Point Associations:

  • Jing-river Point
  • Fire Point

Location:

3 cun above Yang Chi SJ-04 between the radius and ulna, on the radial side of muscle extensor digitorum

Functions:

  • Regulates Qi,
  • Removes obstructions from the channel,
  • Removes obstructions from the Large Intestine (Moves the stool),
  • Clears Heat,
  • Expels Wind,
  • Clears heat in the San Jiao,
  • Benefits the chest and lateral costal region,
  • Benefits the voice

Zhi Gou is clinically stimulated to move Qi and clear heat for anywhere in the body or San Jiao. It moves the stool when there is constipation due to stagnation and heat in the body. It can be combined with Yang Ling Quan GB-34 to calm “sudden turmoil disorder” (vomiting & diarrhoea) and disharmony in the chest & hypochondrium with rib pain. Stimulate this acupoint when there is Febrile diseases in the Upper Jiao with no sweating, eye redness & pain, ear pain, inflammation.


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Poster Eight Extraordinary Vessels


 

Eight Extraordinary Vessels

By Jamu shur in Healthy Posters

2 pages, published 8/24/2013

The Eight Extraordinary Vessels are considered to be more ancient than the conventional meridian system and yet so simple and powerful when energised, stimulated or balanced for their related conditions. A must for every practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine.

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Poster – Five Elements / Phases – Wu Xing


 

Five Elements/Phases

By Jamu shur in Healthy Posters

2 pages, published 2/14/2014

The Five Elements/Phases, translated from Wu Xing, is an exceptional ancient form of traditional medicine. This poster stays true to the original texts of the Wu Xing masters who used this method to treat a wide variety of conditions.It contains the Wu Xing acupoints of the 12 Zang Fu Organs and the Mother and Child acupoints (Tonification and Sedation points).Also included is the Horary Clock which is used to diagnose and treat the Patterns…