Acupuncture Points Notebook

Location Guides:

: Taiyi : Supreme Unity

St-23 : Foot Yangming Stomach 23

On the abdomen, 2 cun lateral to the midline and 2 cun superior to the umbilicus, level with Xiawan Ren-10.

Perpedicular insertion 1 - 1.5 cun

In thin subjects, deep needling may penetrate the peritoneal cavity

TCM Actions:
Transforms phlegm and calms the spirit
Harmonises the middle jiao

Superficial Innervation: Cutaneous branches of thoracic nerves from T9
Dermatome Segment: T9

Lad and Durve (2008) in Marma Points of Ayurveda locate a group of five points here and at Shenque ren-8 and slightly medial to Fujie Sp-14 called Nabhi Marmani. They are all associated with Prana Vayu, Samana Vayu, Apana Vayu, Vyana Vayu, Pachaka Pitta, Ranjaka Pitta and Kledaka Kapha.

They all have the following actions:
- Enkindles agni, regulates samana vayu
- Stimulates digestion and absorption in stomach, small intestine and colon
- Regulates functions of liver, gallbladder, spleen, intestines
- Regulates function of kidneys, pancreas, and adrenals
- Relieves congestion in these associated organs
- Relieves stagnation locally caused by vyana vayu
- Relieves abdominal pain and distension
The right point is especially connected with functions of the gallbladder, liver, hepatic flexure, head of the pancreas, duodenum, right kidney and right adrenal.
The left point is especially connected to the tail of the pancreas, spleen, stomach, left kidney, left adrenal, transverse colon and splenic flexure.

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

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