Acupuncture Points Notebook

Location Guides:

: Huaroumen : Slippery Flesh Gate

St-24 : Foot Yangming Stomach 24

Master Tung's Bowel Nest Twenty-Three

On the abdomen, 2 cun lateral to the midline and 1 cun superior to the umbilicus, level with Shuifen Ren-9.

Perpendicular insertion 0.5 - 1 cun

In thin subjects, deep needling may penetrate the peritoneal cavity

TCM Actions:
Transforms phlegm and calms the spirit
Harmonises the stomach and alleviates vomiting

TCM Indications:
  • Mania-depression, tongue thrusting, stiff tongue, lotus flower tongue.
  • Vomiting, vomiting of blood, epigastric pain.

    Superficial Innervation: Cutaneous branches of thoracic nerves from T9
    Dermatome Segment: T9

    In Tung lineage acupuncture the Bowel Nest 23 (Fu Chao Er Shi San) are a group of points located in a line at 1 cun intervals between Ren-2 and Ren-10. An additional eight points on either side form a 4x5 grid at the levels of Ren-9 to Ren-5, also at 1 cun intervals. This would match with the alternative location for this point given in the Great Compendium. Ren-8, on the navel, is not included.

    They are pricked using Tung's method in local disorders of pain, stagnation and heat in the abdomen such as uteritis, nephritis, umbilical area pain, enteritis, appendicitis and intestinal cancers (McCann, 2014, Pricking the Vessels).

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