Acupuncture Points Notebook

Location Guides:

: Shencang : Spirit Storehouse

Kid-25 : Foot Shaoyin Kidney 25

Classifications:
Spirit point
Front Shu point for the Heart on the upper Chong mai trajectory (Yuen, 2005, The Extraordinary Vessels)

Location:
In the second intercostal space, 2 cun lateral to the midline.

Needling:
Transverse-oblique insertion, directed laterally along the intercostal space 0.5 - 1 cun

Warning:
Deep perpendicular or oblique needling may puncture the lung.


TCM Actions:
Unbinds the chest
Lowers rebellious lung and stomach qi
Benefits the breasts

TCM Indications:
  • Cough, asthma, wheezing, dyspnoea, pain and oppression of the chest, fullness and distension of the chest and lateral costal region.
  • Vomiting, agitation and fullness, fullness of the chest with no desire to eat.

    Neuroanatomy:
    Superficial Innervation: Anterior cutaneous thoracic nerve from T3
    Dermatome Segment: T3

    Notes:
    One of the twelve shu points of the chest along with Bulang Kid-22, Shenfeng Kid-23, Linxu Kid-24, Yuzhong Kid-26 and Shufu Kid-27 for wheezing, dyspnoea and coughing due to 'fullness above and deficiency below' due to weak kidney qi not grasping lung qi (Deadman et al, 2001).

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    Yuen (2005, The Extraordinary Vessels) believes these points, when related to the front Shu points of the Chong mai are located at 0.5 cun from the midline.

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    In five element acupuncture indicated for when spirit requires nourishment.

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    In Mayan medicine:
    Combined with Bulang Kid-22, Shenfeng Kid-23, Linxu Kid-24 and Yuzhong Kid-26 to reinforce Tiantu Ren-22 in treatments of asthma (Garcia, Sierra, Balam, 1999: Wind in the Blood)

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    Lad and Durve (2008) in Marma Points of Ayurveda call this point Apastambha and associate it with the doshas: Prana Vayu, Udana Vayu, Vyana Vayu, Avalambaka Kapha and Sadhaka Pitta.

    They give the following functions:
    - Regulates respiration and relieves bronchospasms
    - Facilitates optimal function of lungs and airways
    - Benefits the heart and regulates cardiac activity
    - Releases suppressed emotions

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

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    In Thai massage:
    Point along the Sahatsarangsi (left) and Tawaree (right) sen lines ascending up the outer leg to the chest and terminating in the eyes Chengqi St-1 (Salguero & Roylance, 2011, Encyclopedia of Thai Massage)


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