Acupuncture Points Notebook

Location Guides:

: Diji : Earth Pivot

Sp-8 : Foot Taiyin Spleen 8

Xi-Cleft point

On the medial side of the lower leg, 3 cun inferior to Yinlingquan Sp-9, or at the junction between the upper third and lower two-thirds of a line drawn between the popliteal crease and the prominence of the medial malleolus.

Perpendicular or oblique insertion 1 - 1.5 cun

TCM Actions:
Regulates menstruation and invigorates blood
Harmonises the spleen and resolves dampness
Moderates acute conditions

TCM Indications:
  • Irregular menstruation, dysmenorrhoea, abdominal (zheng jia) masses in women.
  • Distension of the abdomen and lateral costal region, pain of the abdomen, poor appetite, diarrhoea with thin stools, dysenteric disorder, difficult urination, oedema, leucorrhoea, seminal emission, lumbar pain, insufficiency of essence.

    Superficial Innervation: Saphenous nerve, from femoral nerve (L2 - L4)
    Dermatome Segment: L4

    In Tung acupuncture point Shen Guan, Kidney Gate, or Tian Huang Fu, Heavenly Emperor Appendage (77.18) is located 1.5 cun above this point, midway between here and Yinlingquan Sp-9. It can be used singly for shoulder pain or in combination with Di Huang (1 cun above Lougu Sp-7) and Ren Huang (at Sanyinjiao Sp-6) for a variety of symptoms relating to Kidney Qi deficiency (Chu, 2015)

    Lad and Durve (2008) in Marma Points of Ayurveda call this point medial Indrabasta and associate it with the doshas: Apana Vayu, Vyana Vayu, Ranjaka Pitta and Sadhaka Pitta.

    They give the following functions:
    - Promotes circulation in the lower extremities
    - Benefits the legs and relaxes the muscles
    - Regulates menses

    A posterior Indrabasta is located at Chengjin Bl-56.

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

    Reference Notes: (click to display)