Acupuncture Points Notebook

Location Guides:

: Xiawan : Lower Cavity

Ren-10 : Extraordinary Conception Vessel 10

Master Tung's Bowel Nest Twenty-Three

On the midline of the abdomen, 2 cun above the umbilicus and 6 cun below the sternocostal angle.

Perpendicular insertion 0.8 - 1.5 cun

In thin patients deep needling may penetrate the peritoneal cavity. According to the Illustrated Supplement to the Classic of Categories, moxibustion is contraindicated in pregnancy. No perpendicular needling in advanced pregnancy.

TCM Actions:
Harmonises the stomach and regulates qi
Dispels food stagnation

TCM Indications:
  • Abdominal fullness, abdominal hardness, epigastric pain, nausea and vomiting after eating, focal distension, undigested food in the stool, no pleasure in eating, cold qi of the six fu.
  • Thready pulse lacking in force, emaciation, dark urine.

    Superficial Innervation: Anterior cutaneous thoracic nerve from T9
    Dermatome Segment: T9

    In Tung lineage acupuncture the Bowel Nest 23 (Fu Chao Er Shi San) are a group of points located in a line at 1 cun intervals between Ren-2 and Ren-10. An additional eight points on either side form a 4x5 grid at the levels of Ren-9 to Ren-5, also at 1 cun intervals. Ren-8, on the navel, is not included.

    They are pricked using Tung's method in local disorders of pain, stagnation and heat in the abdomen such as uteritis, nephritis, umbilical area pain, enteritis, appendicitis and intestinal cancers (McCann, 2014, Pricking the Vessels).

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

    Reference Notes: (click to display)