Acupuncture Points Notebook

Location Guides:

: Jiaosun : Minute Angle

SJ-20 : Hand Shaoyang Triple Burner 20

Meeting of Triple Burner with Small Intestine and Gall Bladder

On the side of the head, directly level with the apex of the ear when the ear is folded forwards.

Transverse insertion in any direction towards symptom or to connect with other points 0.5 - 1.5 cun

TCM Actions:
Benefits the ears
Benefits the gums, teeth and lips
Clears heat

TCM Indications:
  • Tinnitus, deafness, discharge of pus from the ear, redness and swelling of the back of the ear, redness and swelling of the auricle.
  • Toothache, tooth decay, swelling and pain of the gums with inability to masticate, stiffness of the lips, dryness of the lips, superficial visual obstruction, stiffness of the nape of the neck with inability to turn the head.

    Superficial Innervation: Greater auricular nerve, from the cervical nerve plexus (branches from C2 - C3)
    Dermatome Segment: C2

    Ling Shu Ch. 21, On Cold and Heat Diseases, mentions this point in relation to tooth decay of the upper jaw. The disease is to be removed from the points at the nose and in front of the cheek bones (Suliao Du-25, Yingxiang LI-20, Juliao St-3 and/or Quanliao SI-18) and if the pulse abounds the channel drained, if it is weak then it is to be supplemented. Unschuld's (2016) translation give no indication to use this point, while Wu & Wu (2010) say it should be pricked as well as the others.

    Ling Shu Ch. 52, On the Wei Qi, considers this point or Sizhukong SJ-23 to be the tip of the hand Shaoyang meridian with the root being at Yemen SJ-2.

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