Acupuncture Points Notebook

Location Guides:

: Shufu : Shu Mansion

Kid-27 : Foot Shaoyin Kidney 27

Spirit point
Front Shu point governing all the front Shu points on the upper Chong mai trajectory (Yuen, 2005, The Extraordinary Vessels)
Trigger point (Travell & Simons, 1998, Trigger Point Manual)

Meeting of Kidney with Kidney Divergent (at 5 fen from the midline)

In the depression on the lower border of the clavicle, 2 cun lateral to the midline.

Transverse-oblique insertion, directed laterally along the lower border of the clavicle 0.5 - 1 cun

Deep perpendicular or oblique needling may puncture the lung.

TCM Actions:
Unbinds the chest
Transforms phlegm and alleviates cough and wheezing
Harmonises the stomach and lowers rebellious qi

TCM Indications:
  • Cough, chronic cough with vomiting of phlegm, wheezing, dyspnoea, chest pain, oppression of the chest with chronic dyspnoea.
  • Abdominal distension, nausea, vomiting, inability to eat and drink.
  • Reckless movement of hot blood in women, steaming bone disorder.

    Superficial Innervation: Anterior cutaneous thoracic nerve from T2
    Dermatome Segment: T2

    Trigger Point Associations:
    Muscle: Subclavius
    Myotome Innervation: Nerve to subclavius (C5 - C6)
    Pain Referral Pattern: Across top of chest and down bicep, radial aspect of forearm and hand to thumb and first two fingers
    Indications: Vascular thoracic outlet syndrome (pain in hands, arms, across shoulder and neck)

    One of the twelve shu points of the chest along with Bulang Kid-22, Shenfeng Kid-23, Linxu Kid-24, Shencang Kid-25 and Yuzhong Kid-26 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 5 fen (0.5 cun) from the midline.


    In five element acupuncture indicated for depleted spirit, helps to tonify the spirit of a person.


    The inner line of Tung's 12 Monkeys (Shi Er Hou) would be located slightly lateral (5 fen) to this point.


    In Mayan medicine:
    Combined with Tiantu Ren-22 and Xuanji Ren-21 for treatment of asthma (Garcia, Sierra, Balam, 1999: Wind in the Blood)

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