Acupuncture Points Notebook

Location Guides:

: Yanglao : Support the Aged

SI-6 : Hand Taiyang Small Intestine 6

Xi-Cleft point

When the palm of the hand is placed on the chest, this point is located on the dorsal aspect of the head of the ulna, in a cleft level with and to the radial side of the high point of the styloid process of the ulna. It is most easily located by asking the patient to place their arm by their side and their hand prone, and the practitioner placing a finger on the high point of the ulna styloid process. Ask the patient to place their palm on their chest and the point is found in the cleft where the practitioner's finger will rest.

Oblique of transverse-oblique insertion distally or proximally 0.5 - 1 cun

TCM Actions:
Activates the channel and alleviates pain
Benefits the shoulder and arm
Moderates acute conditions
Benefits the eyes

TCM Indications:
  • Shoulder pain, pain of the shoulder as if it were broken, pain of the upper arm as if it were dislocated, stiffness and pain of the shoulder and back, numbness of the shoulder and arm, redness and swelling of the exterior aspect of the elbow, heaviness and pain of the lumbar region, difficulty in sitting and rising, contraction of the sinews and painful obstruction of the foot with inability to extend and flex.
  • Dimness of vision, blurred vision, eye pain.

    Superficial Innervation: Ulnar nerve from C8 - T1
    Dermatome Segment: C8

    Ling Shu Ch. 52, On the Wei Qi, considers this to be the root of the hand Taiyang meridian with the tip being at Jingming Bl-1.

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