Acupuncture Points Notebook

: Shaoze : Lesser Marsh

SI-1 : Hand Taiyang Small Intestine 1

Jing-Well and Metal point

Entry point from Shaochong He-9One of the "59 piercings" for clearing Heat in Ling Shu Ch. 23

On the dorsal aspect of the little finger, at the junction of lines drawn along the ulnar border of the nail and the base of the nail, approximately 0.1 cun from the corner of the nail

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

TCM Actions:
Clears heat and benefits the sensory orifices
Revives consciousness
Promotes lactation and benefits the breasts

TCM Indications:
  • Loss of consciousness from windstroke, cold sensation below the Heart, agitation with Heart pain, oppression and pain of the chest, pain of the lateral costal region, mania disorder, clonic spasm.
  • Cold shivering, chills and fever with absence of sweating, febrile disease, malaria, cough.
  • Headache, dizziness, superficial visual obstruction, red eyes, nosebleed, deafness, tinnitus, throat painful obstruction, curled tongue, stuff tongue, heat in the mouth, erosion of the mouth, mouth ulcers, drooling.
  • Swelling of the breast, breast abscess, absence of lactation.
  • Stiff neck, pain of the postero-lateral shoulder and upper arm, pain of the elbow, trembling and numbness of the arm, disorders of the little finger.

    Superficial Innervation: Ulnar nerve (digital branch) from C8 and T1
    Dermatome Segment: C8

    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. 23, On Heat Diseases, gives a different list of points for the "59 Piercings" to Su Wen Ch. 61. They include three on the outer and three on the inner side of the hands which most likely includes this point.

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

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