Acupuncture Points Notebook

Location Guides:

: Taodao : Way of Happiness

Du-13 : Extraordinary Governing Vessel 13

Master Tung's Common Cold Three

Meeting of Governing Vessel with Bladder

On the midline of the back, in the depression below the spinous process of the first thoracic vertebra (T1).

Perpendicular-oblique superior insertion 0.5 - 1 cun

The spinal canal lies between 1.25 and 1.75 cun deep to the skin surface, varying according to body build.

TCM Actions:
Clears heat and treats malaria
Regulates the Du Mai

TCM Indications:
  • Malaria, chronic malaria, chills and fever, absence of sweating, steaming bone disorder.
  • Stiffness of the spine, heaviness of the head, visual dizziness, clonic spasm, agitation and fullness, unhappiness and disorientation.

    Superficial Innervation: Medial branches of dorsal rami of T1
    Dermatome Segment: C4

    This point is also on the 3rd trajectory of the Chong mai connecting the Chong with the Du for Invigorating Yang in cases of Bi Obstruction due to Blood Stagnation (Yuen, 2005, The Extraordinary Vessels).

    In Tung Lineage Acupuncture the Common Cold Three (Gan Mao San) are located at Du-13 and bilateral at Bl-42. They are pricked to bleed in instances of the common cold due to external invasion and contraction of summerheat (McCann, 2014, Pricking the Vessels).

    In Tibetan medicine:
    mKhris-pa point. Edelweiss flowers are burnt in cones like moxa over crushed garlic at this point for cold mKhris-pa.
    T2 is a Bad-Kan point used for pulmonary and heart diseases and headaches caused by cold mKris-pa (Bradley, 2000: Principles of Tibetan Medicine)

    Reference Notes: (click to display)