Acupuncture Points Notebook

Location Guides:

: Naohu : Brain's Door

Du-17 : Extraordinary Governing Vessel 17

Meeting of Governing Vessel with Bladder

At the back of the head on the midline, 1.5 cun directly above Fengfu Du-16, in the depression directly superior to the external occipital protuberance. Also on the junction of the lower quarter and upper three quarters of a line drawn between Fengfu Du-16 and Baihui Du-20.

Transverse insertion superiorly or inferiorly 0.5 - 1 cun

According to several classical texts this point is contraindicated to both needling and moxibustion.

TCM Actions:
Eliminates wind and alleviates pain
Benefits the eyes
Calms the spirit

TCM Indications:
  • Heaviness of the head, head wind, aversion to wind in the head, wind dizziness, swelling and pain of the head, pain of the face, red face, stiffness and pain of the neck.
  • Dimness of vision, short sightedness, eye pain, excessive lacrimation, yellow eyes, jaundice.
  • Mania, epilepsy, clonic spasm, lockjaw, loss of voice, bleeding from the root of the tongue, goitre, chills and fever, sweating, pain of the bones.

    Superficial Innervation: Greater occipital nerve from C2
    Dermatome Segment: C2

    Location of the upper barrier in alchemical practice, called Jade Pillow (Wang Mu, 2011, Foundations of Internal Alchemy)

    In ayurvedic medicine:
    Simantaka marma point
    Size: 1 angula (cun)
    Structure: Joint
    Effect of Injury: Premature death (kalantar pranahar marma)
    (Harish Johari, 1996, Ayurvedic Massage, Sanatan Society; Anupama Bhattacharya, n.d. Marma Shastra)

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

    Reference Notes: (click to display)