Acupuncture Points Notebook

Location Guides:

: Yanggu : Yang Valley

SI-5 : Hand Taiyang Small Intestine 5

Jing-River and Fire point

Horary point of the Small Intestine channel

At the ulnar border of the wrist, in the depression between the head of the ulna and the triquetral bone.

Perpendicular insertion 0.3 - 0.5 cun

TCM Actions:
Clears heat and reduces swelling
Calms the spirit

TCM Indications:
  • Swelling of the neck and submandibular region, lockjaw, stiffness of the tongue in babies preventing suckling, tongue thrusting, toothache in both the upper and lower jaw, tinnitus and deafness, visual dizziness, redness, swelling and pain of the eye.
  • Mania, mad walking, clonic spasm, pain of the chest or lateral costal region with difficulty in breathing, febrile disease with absence of sweating, chills and fever.
  • Pain of the wrist and hand, pain of the arm, shoulder pain with inability to dress oneself, painful haemorrhoids.

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

    In ayurvedic medicine:
    Kurchashira marma point
    Size: 1 angula (cun)
    Structure: Tendon
    Effect of Injury: Pain (rujakar marma)
    (Harish Johari, 1996, Ayurvedic Massage, Sanatan Society; Anupama Bhattacharya, n.d. Marma Shastra)

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

    They give the following functions:
    - Benefits the wrist joint
    - Influences the reproductive organs

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

    Reference Notes: (click to display)