Acupuncture Points Notebook

Location Guides:

: Zuqiaoyin : Yin Portals of the Foot

GB-44 : Foot Shaoyang Gall Bladder 44

Jing-Well and Metal point

On the dorsal aspect of the fourth toe, at the junction of lines drawn along the lateral border of the nail and the base of the nail, approximately 0.1 cun from the corner of the nail.

Perpendicular or oblique insertion directed proximally 0.1 - 0.2 cun, or prick to bleed.

TCM Actions:
Clears heat and benefits the head
Benefits the chest and lateral costal region
Calms the spirit

TCM Indications:
  • Headache, headache with agitation, stabbing pain of the head, dizziness, sudden deafness, tinnitus, redness, swelling and pain of the eyes, pain of the outer canthus, throat painful obstrction, stiffness of the tongue or curled tongue with dry mouth, stiffness of the tongue with inability to speak.
  • Pain of the lateral costal region, pain of the lateral costal region with cough and inability to catch the breath.
  • Nightmares, insomnia, somnolence, agitation and heat of the hands and feet.
  • Irregular menstruation, febrile disease, absence of sweating.
  • Contracted sinews, contraction of the sinews of the four limbs, inability to raise the elbow.

    Superficial Innervation: Superficial fibular (peroneal) nerve (L4 - S1)
    Dermatome Segment: L5

    Ling Shu Ch. 19, on the Four Seasonal Qi, advises opening the Jing-Well and Ying-Spring openings in winter, piercing deeply and retaining the needle for a while.

    Ling Shu Ch. 24, On Counterflow Diseases, advises using this point in cases of deafness, after Guanchong SJ-1. On the basis of the next line it may be advisable to treat the opposite side to the afflicted ear.

    Ling Shu Ch. 52, On the Wei Qi, considers this to be the root of the foot Shaoyang meridian with the tip being at Tinggong SI-19.

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

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