Acupuncture Points Notebook

Location Guides:

: Daheng : Great Horizontal

Sp-15 : Foot Taiyin Spleen 15

Meeting of Spleen with Yin Wei Mai, Dai Mai and Kidney Divergent

On the abdomen, in the depression at the lateral border of the rectus abdominis muscle, 4 cun from the midline, level with the umbilicus.

Perpendicular insertion 0.5 - 1 cun.

In thin patients, deep needling may penetrate the peritoneal cavity. Deep needling at this point may penetrate a substantially enlarged spleen or liver.

TCM Actions:
Moves qi and regulates the intestines

TCM Indications:
  • Lower abdominal pain, cold and pain of the lower abdomen, cold or damp (dong) diarrhoea, dysenteric disorder, constipation, sensation of heat in the hypogastrium with sighing.
  • Propensity to sadness, sighing, inability to raise and move the four limbs, copious sweating.

    Superficial Innervation: Lateral cutaneous thoracic nerve from T11
    Dermatome Segment: T11

    Classical texts such as the Nei Jing and Ling Shu which considered the Dai mai as simple a circle around the waist, would include this as a point on the Dai mai, along with others level to Shenque Ren-8 and Mingmen Du-4 instead of the traditional points (Yuen, 2005, The Eight Extraordinary Vessels).

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

    In Thai massage:
    Point along the Sahatsarangsi (left) and Tawaree (right) sen lines ascending up the outer leg to the abdomen and chest (Salguero & Roylance, 2011, Encyclopedia of Thai Massage)

    Reference Notes: (click to display)