Acupuncture Points Notebook

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Bl-11 : Foot Taiyang Bladder 11

Hui-Meeting point of bones
Point of the Sea of Blood
Alternative to Bl-1 as a Master point for the Kidney and Bladder Divergent Meridians (Chace, The Merging of Ways)
One of the "59 piercings" for clearing Heat in Su Wen Ch. 61

Meeting of Bladder with Small Intestine, San Jiao, Gall Bladder and Du Mai

1.5 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous process of the first thoracic vertebra (T1).

Oblique insertion towards the spine 0.5 - 1 cun, or transverse-oblique insertion 1 - 1.5 cun

Perpendicular needling carries a substantial risk of cuasing a pneumothorax.

TCM Actions:
Benefits the bones and joints
Expels pathogenic factors and firms the exterior
Regulates lung qi and alleviates cough

TCM Indications:
  • Bone diseases, rigidity in the nape of the neck, rigidity of the spine, soreness and pain of the back and scapula, lumbar pain, tetany, clonic spasm, contraction of the sinews associated with madness, stiffness and pain of the knee.
  • Fever, cold shivering, injury by cold with absence of sweating, injury by wind which does not disperse, failure of the intestices to close, susceptibility to catching wind-cold, malaria, headache, head wind, bursting headache, inversion qi with heavy head, dizziness, blurred vision, collapse, inability to stand for long.
  • Cough, fullness of the chest, dyspnoea, cough due to taxation, depression in the chest, heat in the chest, throat painful obstruction, abdominal pain, abdominal urgency with agitation and fullness.

    Superficial Innervation: Supraclavicular nerve from C3 - C4
    Dermatome Segment: C6
    Deeper Structures: Dorsal rami of spinal nerves from T1

    One of the points in the External Dragons protocol in five element acupuncture, along with Baihui Du-20, Shenshu Bl-23 and Pucan Bl-61, for eliminating a blockage between the therapist and patient, or a disconnection from themselves, with the additional presence of external symptoms or trauma.

    The "59 piercings" are named in the Su Wen Ch. 61 and mentioned in Su Wen Ch. 32 and Ling Shu Ch. 23 for treating Heat diseases. This point along with Zhongfu Lu-1, Qupen St-12 and Feishu Bl-13 clear Heat from the chest.

    Ling Shu Ch. 22, On Mania and Madness, advises piercing this point in case of a madness-illness involving the sinews with tiredness, cramping and enlarged blood vessels. If there if vomiting of foam then cure is impossible.
    If the disease is in the vessels causing sudden falling to the ground and the four extremities being swollen and relaxed then the Luo are pierced if full and if empty then this point is cauterised on both sides along with Zhishi Bl-52 and at all Shu points located on partings in the flesh.

    Ling Shu Ch. 34, On the Five Disturbances, advises this point and Tianzhu Bl-10 to remove disturbing Qi in the head causing counterflow leading to headaches, a heavy head and dizziness with falling down. If this does not work then pierce Shugu Bl-65 and Zutonggu Bl-66.

    Ling Shu Ch. 75, On Piercing to Regulate True and Evil Qi, recommends this point as part of the "Undressing" treatment. Its indications are when there is a surplus of Yang and insufficiency of Yin Qi causing Heat in the interior and exterior. The two heats combine to become hot like burning coal and they cannot bear to have clothes touch the skin or to lie on a mattress, the pores are closed and there is no sweating, the tongue is scorched, the lips are desiccated, the flesh dries up, the throat is parched and they cannot tell good from bad food. It is treated by removing the Heat from this point, Tianfu Lu-3 and Zhonglushu Bl-29, then supplementing the Taiyin channels of hand and foot, Lung and Spleen, to diminish the sweat. Presumably the initial piercings are supposed to induce the sweat or this contradicts the earlier symptom of the pores being closed and the sweat not leaving.

    When used as part of a Divergent Meridian treatment is paired with the He Sea point, or less commonly with the Yuan Source or Luo Connecting point of the channels (Chace, The Merging of Ways).

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

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