Acupuncture Points Notebook

: Shenmen : Spirit Gate

He-7 : Hand Shaoyin Heart 7

Shu-Stream and Earth point

Yuan-Source point
Child point of the Heart channel

At the wrist joint, on the radial side of flexor carpi ulnaris, in the depression at the proximal border of the pisiform bone.

Perpendicular insertion 0.3 - 0.5 cun, or oblique insertion proximally, medially or distally 0.5 - 0.8 cun, or up to 1.5 cun transverse oblique proximal insertion to connect all points up to Lingdao He-4 for "hypnosis needling" (Liu Yan, 2008, Diagrams of Acupuncture Manipulations, p. 134).

The ulnar artery and nerve lie adjacent to this point

TCM Actions:
Calms the spirit
Regulates and tonifies the heart

TCM Indications:
  • Insomnia, frequent talking during sleep, poor memory, mania-depression, epilepsy, dementia, desire to laugh, mad laughter, insulting people, sadness fear and fright, disorientation, restless zang disorder, agitation of the Heart, malaria accompanied by agitation of the Heart, loss of voice.
  • Heart pain, palpitations, fright palpitations, pounding of the Heart.
  • Throat painful obstruction, dry throat with no desire to drink, vomiting blood, spitting blood, yellow eyes, pain of the lateral costal region, red face, heat of the palms, dyspnoea with heat in the body, shortness of breath, cold shivering, enuresis.

    Superficial Innervation: Ulnar nerve (palmar branch) from C8 - T1
    Dermatome Segment: C8
    Deeper Structures: Ulnar nerve from C8 - T1 travelling through ulnar tunnal

    Location of the ulnar pulse


    One of the main points for treating all spiritual, psychological and emotional disorders.


    In five element acupuncture this point is reduced to drain excess in the Heart.


    Ling Shu Ch. 9, On Ends and Beginnings, advises that in the case of Heat associated with receding Yin Qi the Yang conduit should be pierced once and the Yin conduits twice. Based on other recommendation to use the He-Sea of the Yang conduits (Ch. 19) and the Yuan-Source with the Ying-Spring points (Chs. 6, 19 and 24) to clear Heat from the Zangfu, that would suggest this point, Xiaohai SI-8 and Shaofu He-8 as a protocol to clear Heat in the Heart/Small Intestine (although other chapters suggest the Heart channel is not treatable in Ling Shu acupuncture). Next it advises that in Cold associated with receding Yang Qi the Yang should be pierced twice and the Yin once but no such obvious protocol is evident for this situation. Another interpretation that would match with common practice today, based on the idea of odd numbers being Yang/moving/clearing while even numbers are Yin/tonifying/reinforcing, is that the points on the channel to be cleared are pierced on one side only while those on the channel to be tonified are pierced bilaterally.

    Ling Shu Ch. 19, on the Four Seasonal Qi, advises using the Shu-Stream points, unless the diseases are in the Fu organs, in which case the He-Sea points are chosen.

    Ling Shu Ch. 34, On the Five Disturbances, advises this point to remove disturbing Qi in the Heart causing vexation and silence.

    Ling Shu Ch. 52, On the Wei Qi, considers this to be the root of the hand Shaoyin meridian with the tip being at Xinshu Bl-15.

    Ling Shu Ch. 71, On Evil Visitors, says that this is the only point used for treatment of this meridian, the rest being treated using the hand Jueyin Pericardium.


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


    In Thai massage:
    Acupressure point indicated for heart conditions and insomnia (Salguero & Roylance, 2011, Encyclopedia of Thai Massage)

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