Acupuncture Points Notebook

Location Guides:

: Shencang : Spirit Storehouse

Kid-25 : Foot Shaoyin Kidney 25

Spirit point
Front Shu point for the Heart on the upper Chong mai trajectory (Yuen, 2005, The Extraordinary Vessels)

In the second intercostal space, 2 cun lateral to the midline.

Transverse-oblique insertion, directed laterally along the intercostal space 0.5 - 1 cun

Deep perpendicular or oblique needling may puncture the lung.

TCM Actions:
Unbinds the chest
Lowers rebellious lung and stomach qi
Benefits the breasts

TCM Indications:
  • Cough, asthma, wheezing, dyspnoea, pain and oppression of the chest, fullness and distension of the chest and lateral costal region.
  • Vomiting, agitation and fullness, fullness of the chest with no desire to eat.

    Superficial Innervation: Anterior cutaneous thoracic nerve from T3
    Dermatome Segment: T3

    One of the twelve shu points of the chest along with Bulang Kid-22, Shenfeng Kid-23, Linxu Kid-24, Yuzhong Kid-26 and Shufu Kid-27 for wheezing, dyspnoea and coughing due to 'fullness above and deficiency below' due to weak kidney qi not grasping lung qi (Deadman et al, 2001).


    Yuen (2005, The Extraordinary Vessels) believes these points, when related to the front Shu points of the Chong mai are located at 0.5 cun from the midline.


    In five element acupuncture indicated for when spirit requires nourishment.


    In Mayan medicine:
    Combined with Bulang Kid-22, Shenfeng Kid-23, Linxu Kid-24 and Yuzhong Kid-26 to reinforce Tiantu Ren-22 in treatments of asthma (Garcia, Sierra, Balam, 1999: Wind in the Blood)


    Lad and Durve (2008) in Marma Points of Ayurveda call this point Apastambha and associate it with the doshas: Prana Vayu, Udana Vayu, Vyana Vayu, Avalambaka Kapha and Sadhaka Pitta.

    They give the following functions:
    - Regulates respiration and relieves bronchospasms
    - Facilitates optimal function of lungs and airways
    - Benefits the heart and regulates cardiac activity
    - Releases suppressed emotions


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


    In Thai massage:
    Point along the Sahatsarangsi (left) and Tawaree (right) sen lines ascending up the outer leg to the chest and terminating in the eyes Chengqi St-1 (Salguero & Roylance, 2011, Encyclopedia of Thai Massage)

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