Acupuncture Points Notebook

Location Guides:

: Dadun : Big Mound

Liv-1 : Foot Jueyin Liver 1

Jing-Well and Wood point

Entry point from Zulinqi GB-41
Horary point of the Liver channel

On the dorsal aspect of the big toe, at the junction of lines drawn along the lateral border of the nail and the base of the nail, approximately 0.1 cun from the corner of the nail. Some sources, including the Spiritual Pivot, locate this point midway between the point above and the interphalangeal joint, 0.4 cun from the corner of the nail.

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

TCM Actions:
Regulates qi in the lower jiao, treats shan disorder and alleviates pain
Benefits the genitals and adjusts urination
Regulates liver qi and stops mentrual bleeding
Revives consciousness and calms the spirit

TCM Indications:
  • Shan disorder, sudden shan disorder, the seven kinds of shan disorder, hypogastric pain, pain of the umbilicus, abdominal distension and swelling, constipation, heat of the lower abdomen.
  • Swelling and pain of the genitals, pain of the head of the penis, retraction of the genitals, swelling of the testicles.
  • Painful retention of urine, blood in the urine, painful urinary dysfunction, the five types of painful urinary dysfunction, enuresis, frequent urination.
  • Irregular menstruation, ceaseless uterine bleeding, menorrhagia, metrorrhagia, uterine prolapse.
  • Epilepsy, loss of consciousness from windstroke, loss of consciousness, acute and chronic childhood fright wind, excessive fright and little strength, great fear as if seeing ghosts, mania-depression, worry and oppression, bitter taste in the mouth, sighing, somnolence, sudden Heart pain, tetany, ceaseless nosebleed, copious sweating.

    Superficial Innervation: Superficial fibular (peroneal) nerve (L4 - S1)
    Dermatome Segment: L4

    This point is also on the 5th trajectory of the Chong mai relating to digestive functions (Yuen, 2005, The Extraoridinary Vessels).

    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.

    Ling Shu Ch. 23, On Heat Diseases, recommends using the Yin Qiao Mai along with this point and bleeding the Luo for dysuria from a bulging disease (maybe prostate?).

    Ling Shu Ch. 44, On the Qi Moving in Accordance with the Norms, indicates that the Jing-Well points should be pierced in winter or when the disease is in the Zang organs. The seasonal aspect should not be interpreted literally as it describes the nature of winter as the the time of storage and the Zang as "controlled by winter" (i.e. to be storage depots by nature). It also describes the morning, afternoon, evening and night cycle of the day to be like the four seasons of the year with night corresponding to winter.

    Lad and Durve (2008) in Marma Points of Ayurveda locate a point at the midpoint of the base of the nail on the big toe, between this point and Yinbai Sp-1, called Pada Kshpira and associate it with the doshas: Prana Vayu, Udna Vayu, Apana Vayu, Vyana Vayu, Tarpaka Kapha and Shleshaka Kapha.

    They give the following functions:
    - Relieves headaches
    - Activates prana
    - Regulates kundalini
    - Benefits shukra and artava dhatus

    In Tibetan medicine:
    This point, or Yinbai Sp-1, or between the two can be treated by burning cones of dried edelweiss flower (Trah-wah) for stiffness of the neck and swollen genitals (Bradley, 2000: Principles of Tibetan Medicine)

    In Thai massage:
    Acupressure point (Salguero & Roylance, 2011, Encyclopedia of Thai Massage)

    Reference Notes: (click to display)