Acupuncture Points Notebook

Location Guides:

: Daimai : Girdling Vessel

GB-26 : Foot Shaoyang Gall Bladder 26

Homeostatic point 14 (Ma, Ma & Cho, 2005, Biomedical Acupuncture for Pain Management)
Trigger point (Travell & Simons, 1998, Trigger Point Manual)

Meeting of Gall Bladder with Dai Mai and Kidney Divergent

Directly below Zhangmen Liv-13 (anterior and inferior to the 11th rib), level with the umbilicus.

Perpendicular insertion 0.5 - 1 cun

In thin subjects deep needling may penetrate the peritoneal cavity.

TCM Actions:
Regulates the Dai Mai and drains dampness
Regulates mentruation and stops leucorrhoea
Activates the channel and alleviates pain

Superficial Innervation: Subcostal nerve from T12
Dermatome Segment: T12
Deeper Structures: Superior cluneal from lateral branches of L1 - L3

Trigger Point Associations:
Muscle: Lateral abdominals
Myotome Innervation: Thoraco-abdominal nerves (T6 - T11), subcostal nerve (T12); iliohypogastric and ilioinguinal nerves (L1)
Pain Referral Pattern: From point and inferiorly to groin with spillover across abdomen
Indications: Abdominal pain and digestive discomfort

This point is also on the 3rd trajectory of the Chong mai connecting the Chong with the Du (Yuen, 2005, The Eight Extraoridinary Vessels).

It would also be on the trajectory of the Dai mai as described in the classical texts such as the Nei Jing and Ling Shu where considered the Dai mai as simple a circle around the waist level to Shenque Ren-8 and Mingmen Du-4 instead of the traditional points (ibid.).

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

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