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Acupuncture Points Notebook

: Shugu : Restraining Bone

Bl-65 : Foot Taiyang Bladder 65

Shu-Stream and Wood point

Child point of the Bladder channel

On the lateral side of the foot, in the depression posterior and inferior to the head of the fifth metatarsal bone.

Perpendicular insertion 0.3 - 0.5 cun

TCM Actions:
Clears the head and eyes
Clears heat and dissipates swelling
Activates the channel and alleviates pain

TCM Indications:
  • Headache, occipital headache, stiff neck, deafness, visual dizziness, redness and pain of the eyes, redness and erosion of the inner canthus, yellow eyes.
  • Chills and fever, aversion to wind cold, heat in the body, malaria, mania-depression, carbuncular swellings on the back, clove sores on the back, haemorrhoids, diarrhoea.
  • Pain of the lumbar region and back, thigh pain.

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

    In five element acupuncture this point is reduced to drain excess in the Bladder. Its traditional indications of head and eye problems, chills and fevers, sores on the back and lumbar pain reflect this same function but focusing on the channel rather than the organ.


    Ling Shu Ch. 19, on the Four Seasonal Qi, advises using the Shu-Stream points, unless the diseases are in the Fu organs, in which case the He-Sea points are chosen.

    Ling Shu Ch. 34, On the Five Disturbances, advises piercing this point and and Zutonggu Bl-66 to remove disturbing Qi in the head causing counterflow leading to headaches, a heavy head and dizziness with falling down if Tianzhu Bl-10 and Dazhu Bl-11 did not work.


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

    Reference Notes: (click to display)