Acupuncture Points Notebook

Location Guides:

: Yingxiang : Welcome Fragrance

LI-20 : Hand Yangming Large Intestine 20

Exit point to Chengqi St-1

Meeting of Large Intestine with Stomach, Stomach Divergent and Spleen Divergent

In the naso-labial groove, at the level of the midpoint of the lateral border of the ala nasi

Transverse insertion medio-superiorly 0.3 - 0.5 cun or join to Bitong (M-HN-14) at the highest point of the naso-labial groove

According to some texts this point is contraindicated to moxibustion

TCM Actions:
Opens the nasal passages
Expels wind and clears heat

TCM Indications:
  • Nasal congestion, nasal congestion and discharge, rhinitis, profuse nasal discharge, loss of sense of smell, nasal polyps, nasal sores, sneezing, nosebleed.
  • Deviation of the mouth, swelling and itching of the face, pain and swelling of the lip, heat and redness of the eyes, dyspnoea, round worms in the bile duct.

    Superficial Innervation: Branches of infraorbital nerve, from maxillary branch of trigeminal nerve (V2) going to nose
    Dermatome Segment: CN V2 maxillary branch of trigeminal

    This point would also be on the upper trajectory of the Chong mai in Jeffrey Yuen's descriptions (Yuen, 2005, The Extraordinary Vessels).


    In ayurvedic medicine:
    Phana marma point
    Size: 1/2 angula (cun)
    Structure: Blood vessels
    Effect of Injury: Disability (vaikalyakar marma); Loss of smell
    (Harish Johari, 1996, Ayurvedic Massage, Sanatan Society; Anupama Bhattacharya, n.d. Marma Shastra)

    Lad and Durve (2008) in Marma Points of Ayurveda call this point Kapola Nasa and associate it with the doshas: Prana Vayu, Tarpaka Kapha, Avalambaka Kapha.

    They give the following functions:
    - Benefits the nose, relieves congestion
    - Opens nasal passages and sinuses
    - Enhances flow of prana vayu and benefits respiration
    - Improves functional capacity of the lung
    - Benefits the face
    - Calms the mind, balances emotions


    In Thai massage:
    Acupressure point along the Itha (left) and Pingala (right) sen lines of head running from the base of the occiput Fengfu Du-16 where it branches at the glabella, Yintang, along the side of the nose to terminate here.
    Indicated for constipation, facial pain/numbness/paralysis, mouth problems and sinus complaints (Salguero & Roylance, 2011, Encyclopedia of Thai Massage)

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