Acupuncture Points Notebook

: Guanchong : Rushing Pass

SJ-1 : Hand Shaoyang Triple Burner 1

Jing-Well and Metal point

Entry point from Laogong Pc-8

On the dorsal aspect of the ring finger, at the junction of lines drawn along the ulnar border of the nail and the base of the nail, approximately 0.1 cun from the corner of the nail.

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

TCM Actions:
Clears upper jiao heat
Benefits the ears and tongue
Activates the channel and alleviates pain

TCM Indications:
  • Tinnitus, deafness, earache, stiff tongue, curled tongue, pain at the root of the tongue, cracked tongue, dryness of the mouth, dry lips, bitter taste in the mouth, headache, wind dizziness and headache, redness of the eyes, superficial visual obstruction, throat painful obstruction, pain of the submandibular region, dark complexion.
  • Febrile disease, congested heat of the Sanjiao, congested heat of the upper jiao, heat in the body like fire, fever, fever with absence of sweating, chills and fever, fever with agitation, oppression of the Heart with absence of sweating, Heart pain.
  • Sudden turmoil disorder, vomiting of sour fluid, no pleasure in eating.
  • Pain of the elbow and shoulder, pain of the shoulder and back with inability to turn and look backwards.

    Superficial Innervation: Ulnar nerve (digital branch) from C8 and T1
    Dermatome Segment: C7

    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 this point in the case of throat-blockage with curled tongue, dry mouth, vexed and painful heart and inside of the arms with an inability to lift the head (Unschuld, 2016), or lift the arm to the level of the head (Wu & Wu, 2010).

    Ling Shu Ch. 24, On Counterflow Diseases, advises using this point in cases of deafness, followed by the equivalent point on the feet Zuqiaoyin GB-44. On the basis of the next line it may be advisable to treat the opposite side to the afflicted ear.

    In Tung acupuncture the point Huan Chao, Restore the Nest, is located near this point, on the ulnar side of the middle segment of the ring finger, at the centre between the second and third creases. It is indicated for various gynaecological disorders (Chu, 2015).

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

    Reference Notes: (click to display)