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Acupuncture Points Notebook

Location Guides:

: Zhongwan : Middle Cavity

Ren-12 : Extraordinary Conception Vessel 12

Front Mu point of the stomach
Hui-Meeting point of the Fu
Confluent point of the San Jiao and Pericardium Divergent channels (Cecil-Sterman, 2012, Advanced Acupuncture)

Meeting of Conception Vessel with Small Intestine, San Jiao, Stomach, Stomach Divergent, Spleen Divergent, San Jiao Divergent and Pericardium Divergent

On the midline of the abdomen, 4 cun above the umbilicus and midway between the umbilicus and the sternocostal angle.

Perpendicular insertion 0.8 - 1.5 cun

In thin patients deep needling may penetrate the peritoneal cavity. No perpendicular needling in advanced pregnancy.

TCM Actions:
Harmonises the middle jiao and descends rebellion
Tonifies the stomach and fortifies the spleen
Regulates qi and alleviates pain

TCM Indications:
  • All diseases of the Stomach and Spleen, interior injury to the Stomach and Spleen, epigastric, epigastric pain and fullness, difficult ingestion, eats little but is easily full, nausea, Stomach reflux, vomiting, vomiting blood, abdominal distension, seere pain of the abdomen, sudden abdominal fullness, focal distension and fullness, pain of the Spleen, hardness and pain of the lateral costal reason.
  • Injury by worry, anxiety and overthinking, injury by the seven emotions leading to epigastric pain.
  • Diarrhoea, undigested food in the stool, red and white dysenteric disorder, difficulty in defecation, heat in the Small Intestine, dark urine, sudden turmoil disorder.
  • Deficiency-taxation, sallow complexion, post-partum blood dizziness.
  • Heart pain, chronic and acute childhood fright wind, loss of consciousness, mania-depression, epilepsy, tongue thrusting.
  • Cold body, scorched foul odour in the nose, running piglet qi, dyspnoea.

    Superficial Innervation: Anterior cutaneous thoracic nerve from T8
    Dermatome Segment: T8

    Ling Shu Ch. 5 places this point, called Tai Cang as the end of Taiyin with Yin Bai Sp-1 as the root. In cases of "barrier and flushing" (being unable to receive food and undigested food flowing out, trans: Unschuld, 2016) the whole channel is to be examined for surplus and deficiency and the pathology removed.

    Ling Shu Ch. 68, On an Upper Barrier (causing vomiting after eating), suggests a technique to deal with an obstruction of the lower stomach duct caused by Cold entering the Stomach leading to accumulation, obstruction, stagnation and pain with heat on the skin above. An accumulation within the duct provokes a pain at depth, one outside the duct causes pain at the surface. This point is not mentioned by name but it would be in this approximate location. The obstruction is found by palpation and pressed to ascertain its strength and depth. It is then needled superficially to the side and inserted deeper to the level of the obstruction up to three times. Afterwards a hot compress is applied. This treatment is to be repeated daily while the patient observes dietary regulations and cultivates a tranquil state of mind so that the Qi moves again. Then they ingest salty (or sour according to Huangfu Mi's Jia Yi Jing) and bitter medicines and will be able to eat again.


    Yuen (2005, The Eight Extraordinary Vessels) considers this to be the origin of the Lung meridian and the Primary Channels.
    He also states that, according to the Ling Shu theory that the Leg Yin channels terminate and concentrate their Qi on the central axis of the body, it is also the Termination point of the Spleen, to be used in cases of Spleen Yin Stasis.

    This point, as origin of the Lung channel and front Mu of the Stomach, is seen as symbolic of the switch to post-natal nourishment from the lungs and stomach after the infant's first breath instead of through the navel at Shenque Ren-8 pre-natally.
    It is therefore indicated for difficulty in relating to the physical, material world along with Renying St-9, Lieque Lu-7 or Taiyuan Lu-9 and Tainshu St-25.
    This set of points relates to the first Level of Manifestation of the Soul, roughly equivalent to the base or Muladhara chakra and basic consciousness, the awareness of being alive (Yuen, 2005, 3 Spirits & 7 Souls).


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


    The Front Mu points make likely locations for application of leeches to reduce fevers according to François Broussais' (1772–1838) philosophy who believed in placing them over the diseased organs to reduce inflammation (Greenstone, 2010, The history of bloodletting, BCMJ, Vol. 52, No. 1, Pp 12-14).

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