BL11 Da Zhu
1.5 cun lateral to the GV13, level with the lower border of T1
Oblique insertion toward the spine 0.5-1 cun or Transverse 1-1.5 cun
Deep perpendicular needle risk of pneumothorax
Hui Meeting Point of Bone
Point of Sea of Blood
(Crossing Point of UB and SI)
Conditions / Symptoms:
EPF - Wind Cold/ Wind Heat - fever absence of sweat
Rigidity of Neck and Spine
Hui-meeting point of the bones, useful with any bone or problem such as osteoporosis, arthritis, inflammation, sensation of heat in the bones, etc.
Useful adjunctive point to effect the lungs in cases of infections, colds a/or flus or asthma related conditions.
Sea of Blood Point with ST 37 & ST 39. According to the Ling Shu Treatise on the Seas, "when the Sea of blood is full, the patient has the sensation that his body is bigger than it is. One feels uneasy, and does not know the disease; when the Sea of blood is insufficient, one often feels the body is small, one feels uneasy and does not know the disease." May be useful for leukemia, anemia, said to tonify the bone marrow.
BL11 TCM Actions
Benefits bones and joints
Expels pathogenic factors and firms exterior
Regulates lung qi and alleviates cough
BL11 TCM Patterns
Lung Wind Invasion - Wind Heat
Superficial Innervation: Supraclavicular nerve from C3 - C4
Dermatome Segment: C6
Deeper Structures: Dorsal rami of spinal nerves from T1
One of the points in the External Dragons protocol in five element acupuncture, along with Baihui Du-20, Shenshu Bl-23 and Pucan Bl-61, for eliminating a blockage between the therapist and patient, or a disconnection from themselves, with the additional presence of external symptoms or trauma.
The "59 piercings" are named in the Su Wen Ch. 61 and mentioned in Su Wen Ch. 32 and Ling Shu Ch. 23 for treating Heat diseases. This point along with Zhongfu Lu-1, Qupen St-12 and Feishu Bl-13 clear Heat from the chest.
Other notes including Divergent tx:
BL11 Nearby Points
GV13 - Directly below the spinous process of T1
SI14 - 3 cun lateral to the spinous process of T1
SI15 - 2 cun lateral to the spinous process of C7 (GV14)
1.5 cun lateral to the lower border of T2
Oblique insertion toward the spine 0.5 - 1 cun (0.5-0.8 acatcm) or transverse oblique insertion 1 - 1.5 cun
Conditions / Symptoms:
EPF - Fever/Wind Cold
Cough - whooping, cough with chest and back pain
Main point to expel wind from the Wei Qi level of the body, useful for early stages of wind-cold conditions (Common cold, cough, fever, headache, stiff neck).
Apply moxa here and on ST 36 to strengthen the Wei Qi (or the defensive layer of the body). Strenghtening the defensive layer can increase resistance to colds and flus, but also stop the tendency of basic colds and/or flus from always going deeper in quickly, say to bronchitis or full blown sinus infections. These types of treatments should be done when the person is not sick.
BL12 TCM Actions
Expels wind and releases exerior
Strengthens defensive (Wei) qi and firms exterior
Regulates Ying and Wei Qi
Disseminates and descends lung qi
Benefits the nose
Superficial Innervation: Posterior cutaneous thoracic nerves from T2
Dermatome Segment: T2
Deeper Structures: Dorsal rami of spinal nerves from T2
BL12 TCM Patterns
Lung Wind Invasion - Wind Cold
BL12 Nearby Points
UB41 - 3 cun lateral to the lower border of T2, on the spinal border of the scapula
SI13 - In the "spoon" of the scapula, midway between SI10 and the lower border of T2, at the medial extremity of the suprascapular fossa
SI10 - With the arm abducted, directly above SI9, in a depression inferior to the scapular spine
BL13 Fei Shu
1.5 cun lateral to the lower border of T3 (level with GV12)
Oblique medial insertion (toward the spine) 0.5 - 1 cun or transverse-oblique insertion 1 - 1.5 cun
Perpendicular needling or needling away from the spine carries a significant risk of pneumothorax
Lung Back Shu
(59 Piercings for clearing heat)
Conditions / Symptoms:
Steaming Bone Disorder
Skin disorders (itching/acne/hives)
All Lung related issues
tonifies LU Qi and Yin
Qi tonification aspects can be increased with the application of moxabustion at this point.
Bone steaming fever, night sweats, pneumonia, fullness or pain in chest and sides, pulmonary diseases, tonsillitis, goiter, skin disorders.
BL13 TCM Actions
Tonifies Lung Qi
Nourishes Lung Yin
Descends and disseminates lung qi
Clears heat from the lung
Releases the exterior
BL13 TCM Patterns
Lung Yin Deficiency
Lung Qi Deficiency
Lung Wind Invasion - Wind Cold/Wind Heat
Superficial Innervation: Posterior cutaneous thoracic nerves from T3
Dermatome Segment: T3
Deeper Structures: Dorsal rami of spinal nerves from T3
UB 13, being the Back-Shu point of the Lung, is indicated for any Lung issue, whether that be physical or emotional (i.e. grief and sadness). Back-Shu points are corresponding points on the back where the Qi of the respective Zang-Fu organ is infused. If the Five Zang organs are diseased, abnormal reactions appear on the Back-Shu points. Back-Shu points have a direct therapeutic effect on the diseases of the Five Zang organs.