Acupuncture Points Notebook

Location Guides:

: Touwei : Head's Binding

St-8 : Foot Yangming Stomach 8

Meeting point for all arm Yang Sinew Meridians (Yuen, 2003, The Sinew Meridians: NESA). An alternative is Benshen GB-13.

Meeting of Stomach with Gall Bladder and Yang Wei Mai

At the corner of the forehead, 4.5 cun lateral to Shenting DU-24 and 0.5 cun within the anterior hairline.

Transverse insertion 0.5 - 1 cun

According to several classical texts, this point is contraindicated to moxubustion

TCM Actions:
Eliminates wind and alleviates pain
Benefits the eyes

TCM Indications:
  • Headache, splitting headache with chills and fever, dizziness, vomiting.
  • Dimness of vision, bursting eye pain, lacrimation on exposure to wind, twitching of the eyelids.
  • Dyspnoea with agitation and oppression, hemiplegia.

    Superficial Innervation: CN V3 mandibular branch of trigeminal
    Dermatome Segment: CN V3 mandibular branch of trigeminal

    Ling Shu Ch. 5 places this point, described as the "ear clamp", as the end of Yangming with Li Du St-45 as the root. In cases of loss of function the whole channel is to be examined for surplus and deficiency and the pathology removed.

    Ling Shu Ch. 52, On the Wei Qi, considers this to be the tip of the hand Yangming meridian with the root being at Binao LI-14. Both of these are based on an unclear description and debated. Another interpretation of the description of this point is "the space in front of the ear".


    Although this seems an odd point for pain of the arms and shoulders, indicated by its position as the meeting point of all Yang arm sinews, it could be due to strain or pain in the sinews producing a grimace and tension in the temporalis which will become an ahshi over time.


    In Mayan medicine:
    Punctured in cases of Chiba Pool a type of headache due to blood stagnation from wind-heat. It is diagnosed by tapping the head with the knuckles and listening for a hollow tympanic sound (Garcia, Sierra, Balam, 1999: Wind in the Blood)


    In ayurvedic medicine:
    Utkshepa marma point
    Size: 1/2 angula (cun)
    Structure: Ligament
    Effect of Injury: Post extraction fatal (vishalyaghan marma)
    (Harish Johari, 1996, Ayurvedic Massage, Sanatan Society; Anupama Bhattacharya, n.d. Marma Shastra)


    In Tibetan medicine:
    Moxa and bleeding point, slightly anterior to the hairline (AMNH, Tibetan Medical Paintings)

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