Acupuncture Points Notebook

: Shaochong : Lesser Rushing

He-9 : Hand Shaoyin Heart 9

Jing-Well and Wood point

Mother point of the Heart channel
Exit point to Shaoze SI-1

On the dorsal aspect of the little finger, at the junction of lines drawn along the radial border of the nail and the base of the nail, approximately 0.1 cun fomr the corner of the nail

Perpendicular or oblique insertion directed proximally 0.1 - 0.2 cun, or prick to bleed

TCM Actions:
Revives consciousness
Clears heat and benefits the tongue, eyes and throat
Regulates heart qi and calms the spirit

TCM Indications:
  • Heart pain, pain of the chest and lateral costal region, palpitations, pounding of the Heart, loss of consciousness from windstroke, loss of consciousness, mania-depression, epilepsy, fright epilepsy, excessive sighing, fright and sadness with diminished qi, febrile disease with agitation and restlessness.
  • Pain at the root of the tongue, swollen tongue, tongue thrusting, throat painful obstruction, dry throat, heat in the mouth, pain of the eyes, red eyes, yellow eyes, jaundince, malaria, heat in the body like fire.
  • Contraction of the hand, pain of the arm, inability to extend the elbow, pain of the palm that radiates to the elbow, axilla and chest.

    Superficial Innervation: Ulnar nerve (palmar digital branch) from C8 - T1
    Dermatome Segment: C8

    In five element acupuncture this point is reinforced to tonify Heart deficiencies.

    Ling Shu Ch. 19, on the Four Seasonal Qi, advises opening the Jing-Well and Ying-Spring openings in winter, piercing deeply and retaining the needle for a while.

    Lad and Durve (2008) in Marma Points of Ayurveda locate a point at the midpoint of the base of the nail on the little finger called Kanishthika and associate it with the doshas: Prana Vayu, Vyana Vayu, Sadhaka Pitta and Avalambaka Kapha.

    They give the following functions:
    - Regulates heart functions
    - Enhances coronary functions
    - Benefits the hands
    - Balances emotions

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