Acupuncture Points Notebook

Location Guides:

: Wailing : Outer Mound

St-26 : Foot Yangming Stomach 26

Master Tung's Bowel Nest Twenty-Three

On the abdomen, 2 cun lateral to the midline and 1 cun inferior to the umbilicus, level with Yinjiao Ren-7.

Perpendicular insertion 1 - 1.5 cun

In thin subjects, deep needling may penetrate the peritoneal cavity

TCM Actions:
Regulates qi and alleviates pain

TCM Indications:
  • Severe abdominal pain, abdominal distension, shan disorder.
  • Dysmenorrhoea amenorrhoea.

    Superficial Innervation: Cutaneous branches of thoracic nerves from T11
    Dermatome Segment: T11

    In Tung lineage acupuncture the Bowel Nest 23 (Fu Chao Er Shi San) are a group of points located in a line at 1 cun intervals between Ren-2 and Ren-10. An additional eight points on either side form a 4x5 grid at the levels of Ren-9 to Ren-5, also at 1 cun intervals. This would match with the alternative location for this point given in the Great Compendium. Ren-8, on the navel, is not included.

    They are pricked using Tung's method in local disorders of pain, stagnation and heat in the abdomen such as uteritis, nephritis, umbilical area pain, enteritis, appendicitis and intestinal cancers (McCann, 2014, Pricking the Vessels).

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

    Reference Notes: (click to display)