Acupuncture Points Notebook

: Jinmen : Golden Gate

Bl-63 : Foot Taiyang Bladder 63

Xi-Cleft point

Meeting of Bladder with Yang Wei Mai

On the lateral side of the foot, in the depression posterior to the tuberosity of the fifth metatarsal bone.

Perpendicualr insertion 0.3 - 0.5 cun

TCM Actions:
Pacifies wind
Moderates acute conditions
Relaxes the sinews, activates the channel and alleviates pain

TCM Indications:
  • Epilepsy, childhood fright wind, toothache, loss of consciousness.
  • Sudden and violent shan disorder, sudden turmoil disorder with cramps, malaria, shivering with inability to stand for long.
  • Lumbar pain, knee pain, painful obstruction of the lower limb, white tiger joint wind, pain of the external malleolus.

    Superficial Innervation: Sural nerve (L5 - S2)
    Dermatome Segment: S1
    Deeper Structures: Sural nerve (L5 - S2)

    Li Shi Zhen considered this to be origin of the Yang Wei Mai because he believed it was where the three foot Yang channels met.

    Nei Jing practitioners suggest it should be Chengshan Bl-57.

    Yuen argues it is due to its name with Jin referring to Metal, relating to the Lungs, the most external organ, and Men meaning "gate" indicating the Yang wei mai's role in going out into the world. (Yuen, 2005, The Eight Extraordinary Vessels).

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

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