Acupuncture Points Notebook

Location Guides:

: Yindu : Yin Metropolis

Kid-19 : Foot Shaoyin Kidney 19

Meeting of Kidney with Chong Mai

On the upper abdomen, 4 cun above the umbilicus, 0.5 cun lateral to the midline (Zhongwan Ren-12). Note: The Great Compendium of Acupuncture and Moxibustion locates this 1.5 cun from the midline.

Perpendicular insertion 0.5 - 1 cun

Deep needling may penetrate the peritoneal cavity.

TCM Actions:
Regulates qi and harmonises the stomach
Lowers rebellion and alleviates chough and wheezing

TCM Indications:
  • Epigastric pain, counterflow qi, vomiting, nausea, fullness and agitation below the Heart, distension and pain of the abdomen, twisting pain in the abdomen, borborygmus, difficult defecation, infertility, malign blood in the uterus.
  • Cough, distension of the chest, pain and heat of the lateral costal region, malaria, eye pain, redness and pain of the eye originating at the inner canthus.

    Superficial Innervation: Anterior cutaneous thoracic nerve from T8
    Dermatome Segment: T8


    The top point of Tung's Stomach Hair Seven (Wei Mao Qi) is located at the tip of the xiphoid process, equivalent to Ren-15, with two below it at 1 cun intervals. Two more are located 1.5 cun lateral to the inferior two on either side. The upper lateral points would be at the location given in the Great Compendium for this point. They are treated using Tung's method of pricking for "wool-like furuncles", stomach diseases, stomach bleeding, enteritis, palpitations and various types of sudden turmoil (McCann, 2014, Pricking the Vessels).

    Reference Notes: (click to display)