Acupuncture Points Notebook

: Dushu : Governor Shu

Bl-16 : Foot Taiyang Bladder 16

Master Tung's Double Phoenixes
Master Tung's Behind the Heart points
Trigger point (Melzack, Stillwell & Fox, 1977, Trigger Points and Acupuncture Points for Pain: Correlations and Implications, Pain 3, p3-23)
Homeostatic point 21 (Ma, Ma & Cho, 2005, Biomedical Acupuncture for Pain Management)

1.5 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous process of the sixth thoracic vertebra (T6).

Oblique insertion towards the spine 0.5 - 1 cun, or transverse-oblique insertion 1 - 1.5 cun

Perpendicular needling or oblique needling away from the spine carries a substantial risk of causing a pneumothorax.

TCM Actions:
Regulates qi in the chest and abdomen

TCM Indications:
  • Heart pain, epigastric pain, abdominal distension, borborygmus, chills and fever, breast abscess, itching, psoriasis, alopecia.

    Superficial Innervation: Posterior cutaneous thoracic nerves from T6
    Dermatome Segment: T6
    Deeper Structures: Dorsal rami of spinal nerves from T5 if directed inward and accessory nerve (CN XI) if directed into trapezius and dorsal scapular (C5) if directed into rhombus major

    Trigger Point Associations:
    Muscle: Trapezius or rhomboid major at deeper levels
    Myotome Innervation: Trapezius: Motor - accessory nerve (CN XI), Sensation - dorsal rami of C2 - C3; Rhomboid major: Dorsal scapular nerve (C4 - C5)
    Pain Referral Pattern: Local to point and to chest
    Indications: Cardiac syndromes

    In Master Tung's system a line of points corresponding to the inner back Shu points from T2 to T8, known as the double phoenix points (Shuang Feng), can be pricked to release a drop of blood in cases of pain or numbness in the extremities or arteriosclerosis.
    They all relate to the Fire element and the Heart and so have the function of quickening the Blood in the Heart and the extremities (McCann, 2014, Pricking the Vessels).

    Tung's Behind the Heart (Hou Xin or Bei Xin) points are located under spinous processes from T4 to T9, 1.5 cun laterally to T4 to T7 and 3 cun laterally from T4 to T6. They are indicated for "wool like furuncles", clove sores, weakness and debility of the Heart zang, Stomach diseases, acute heart disease leading to numbness and paralysis, wind-cold entering the interior, severe wind-cold, stroke, externally contracted diseases that manifest with papules. They clear heat from the Heart and Lung and release the exterior so are useful in dermatological disorders (ibid.).

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

    Reference Notes: (click to display)