Acupuncture Points Notebook

Location Guides:

: Yuzhong : Comfortable Chest

Kid-26 : Foot Shaoyin Kidney 26

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

Location:
In the first 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 and benefits the breasts
Transforms phlegm and lowers rebellious lung stomach qi

TCM Indications:
  • Cough, asthma, wheezing, dyspnoea, coughing blood, palpitations, fullness and distension of the chest and lateral costal region.
  • Accumulation of phlegm, dyspnoea and cough with inability to eat, vomiting, drooling with much spittle.
  • Breast abscess, pityriasis versicolor.

    Neuroanatomy:
    Superficial Innervation: Anterior cutaneous thoracic nerve from T2
    Dermatome Segment: T2

    Notes:
    One of the twelve shu points of the chest along with Bulang Kid-22, Shenfeng Kid-23, Linxu Kid-24, Shencang Kid-25 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 a lack of sense of beauty or grace, self respect.

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    The inner line of Tung's 12 Monkeys (Shi Er Hou) would be located slightly lateral (5 fen) to this point.

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    In Mayan medicine:
    Combined with Bulang Kid-22, Shenfeng Kid-23, Linxu Kid-24 and Shencang Kid-25 to reinforce Tiantu Ren-22 in treatments of asthma (Garcia, Sierra, Balam, 1999: Wind in the Blood)

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


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