Acupuncture Points Notebook

Location Guides:

: Bitong : Penetrating the Nose

Ex-HN-8 : Extra Head/Neck 8

Alternative Name(s): Shangyingxiang
Translation: Upper Welcome Fragrance (L.I.-20)

At the highest point of the naso-labial groove.

Transverse insertion towards the bridge of the nose 0.3 - 0.5 cun

TCM Actions:
Benefits the nose

TCM Indications:
  • Rhinitis, allergic rhinitis, nasal congestion and discharge, nosebleed, nasal polyps.

    Superficial Innervation: Maxillary branch of trigeminal nerve (CN V2)
    Dermatome Segment: CN V2 maxillary branch of trigeminal

    Commonly through needled from Yingxiang L.I.-20 for nasal disorders.

    This point would also be on the upper trajectory of the Chong mai in Jeffrey Yuen's descriptions (Yuen, 2005, The Extraordinary Vessels).

    Lad and Durve (2008) in Marma Points of Ayurveda call this point Adhah Ganda along with another slightly superior, level with Nasa Mudhya, midway between Yintang and Du-25, called Urdhva Ganda. Both are associated with Tarpaka Kapha, Avalambaka Kapha, Prana Vayu and Bodhaka Kapha.

    They give the following functions:
    - Enhances flow of prana vayu and relieves respiratory stress
    - Benefits the nasal passage, relieves congestion
    - Promotes bronchodilation
    - Opens sinus cavities
    - Helps relieves headaches
    - Releases suppressed emotions
    - Relieves congestion of oral mucus membrane

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