Acupuncture Points Notebook

: Haiquan : Sea Spring

Ex-HN-11 : Extra Head/Neck 11

Alternative Name(s): Guifeng
Translation: Ghost Seal

Sun Si-miao Ghost point (4th trinity)

In the centre of the frenulum of the tongue between Jinjin and Yuye (M-HN-20).

0.1 - 0.2 cun, or prick to bleed, or 1.5 cun directed towards Yamen Du-15 and the patient can then rest the tongue back down on the needle with the mouth closed.

The Spiritual Pivot warns against needling this point "to excess" since it may lead to incessant bleeding and loss of voice.

TCM Actions:
Clears heat and reduces swelling
Generates fluids
Benefits the tongue

TCM Indications:
  • Heaviness, swelling and pain of the tongue, lotus flower tongue in children, facial paralysis.
  • Wasting and thirsting disorder, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, hiccup.

    Superficial Innervation: Glossopharyngeal nerve (CN IX) and Hypoglossal (CN XII)
    Dermatome Segment:

    Ghost Points:
    The fourth trinity of Ghost Points, consisting of this point, Quchi LI-11, Shangxing Du-23 and Huiyin Ren-1, is concerned with self-destructive behaviour, self-harm and attempts at suicide.

    Guifeng, Ghost Seal, indicates that the ghost has placed its seal on your spirit, like a Daoist exorcist does with a talisman when they trap a ghost in a container.
    Sometimes it is debated this should be at Yintang but in either case it is bled (Yuen, 2005, 3 Spirits & 7 Souls).

    Medieval phlebotomy point (Hans von Gersdorff, 1517: Feldtbüch der Wundartzney,

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