Acupuncture Points Notebook

Location Guides:

: Sizhukong : Silken Bamboo Hollow

SJ-23 : Hand Shaoyang Triple Burner 23

In the depression on the supraorbital margin, at the lateral end of the eyebrow.

Treansverse insertion, medially along the eyebrow or posteriorly 0.5 - 1 cun

According to several classical texts, this point is contraindicated to moxibustion.

TCM Actions:
Eliminates wind and alleviates pain
Benefits the eyes

TCM Indications:
  • Headache, one-sided headache, head wind, aversion to wind and cold, dizziness, visual dizziness, tetany, epilepsy with foaming at the mouth, periodic mania with foaming at the mouth, childhood umbilical wind, toothache.
  • Upward staring eyes, deviation of the face and eye, blurred vision, pain and redness of the eyes, twitching of the eyelids and eyebrows, ingrown eyelash.

    Superficial Innervation: Lacrimal nerve from ophthalamic branch of trigeminal nerve (CN V1)
    Dermatome Segment: CN V1 ophthalamic branch of trigeminal

    The trigger point for the orbicularis oculi muscle lies slightly inferior and medial to this point (Travell & Simons, 1998, Trigger Point Manual)


    Ling Shu Ch. 52, On the Wei Qi, considers this point or Jiaosun SJ-20 to be the tip of the hand Shaoyang meridian with the root being at Yemen SJ-2.


    In Mayan medicine:
    A few drops of blood are released from the parietal artery at this point in cases of fever and accompanied by a vapor bath (Garcia, Sierra, Balam, 1999: Wind in the Blood)


    In ayurvedic medicine:
    Avarta marma point
    Size: 1/2 angula (cun)
    Structure: Bone
    Effect of Injury: Disability (vaikalyakar marma); Loss of sight
    (Harish Johari, 1996, Ayurvedic Massage, Sanatan Society; Anupama Bhattacharya, n.d. Marma Shastra)


    Lad and Durve (2008) in Marma Points of Ayurveda locate a point slightly above this called Bhruh Agra and associate it with the doshas: Alochaka Pitta, Sadhaka Pitta, Vyana Vayu, Tarpaka Kapha.

    They give the following actions:
    - Benefits eyes, enhances circulation of aqueous and vitreous humor
    - Relieves headaches
    - Enhances circulation in frontal lobe of brain
    - Releases suppressed emotions in the form of tears
    - Relieves stress, calms the mind

    They also locate a point slightly below called Ashru Agra associated with Alochaka Pitta, Sadhaka Pitta, Vyana Vayu amd Tarpaka Kapha.

    They give the following actions:
    - Stimulates lacrimal secretion
    - Releases suppressed emotions
    - Relieves headaches
    - Benefits eyes
    - Relieves stress, clams the mind, balances emotions


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

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