LAMP ACUPUNCTURE 24: HT8, LI4, YUYAO, TAIYANG, BL44, TB16

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HT8 SHAOFU (LESSER PALACE)
Location: On the palm, between the fourth and fifth metacarpal bones.
Point explanation: This is the Fire point and the ‘House-element’ point of the Heart meridian; and one of my favourite points. It is extremely effective in tonifying Heart Yin; it is one of the best points in the treatment of Gall Bladder meridian headaches; and it is good to improve memory and sleep.

LI4 HEGU (JOINING VALLEY)
Location: On the radial aspect of the hand, between the first and second metacarpal bones, closer to the second metacarpal bone and approximately at its midpoint.
Point explanation: The Yuan-source point, Area Distal point for head and face and Meridian Distal point. It is one of the most commonly used points in acupuncture. It is excellent in the treatment of any problem of the head and face, and in general pain conditions.
This point is also referred to as ‘the great eliminator’. It is very useful when treating constipation, but can also be used to treat other elimination problems such as difficult urination, difficulty in showing emotions, painful menstruation and even in childbirth – to assist the opening of the cervix. However, care should be taken not to use the point if your patient is pregnant, or has diarrhoea or excessive sweating already. This may worsen their symptoms, or cause a miscarriage.
LI 4 is the entry point of the meridian, meaning the energy from the preceding Lung meridian flows in at this point and not through LI 1 in the superficial energy circulation.

YUYAO (FISH WAIST)
Location: At the midpoint of the eyebrow, directly above the pupil.
Indications: Pain in the supraorbital region, twitching of the eyelids, ptosis, cloudiness of the cornea, redness, swelling and pain of the eyes.
Acupuncture Method: ‘Puncture subcutaneously 0.3-0.5 inch.

TAIYANG (SUPREME YANG)
Location: In the region of the temples, in the depression about one finger-breadth posterior to the midpoint between the lateral end of the eyebrow and the outer canthus.
Indications:
Headache, redness, swelling and pain of the eye
Toothache, facial pain
Functions: Dispels Wind, clears Heat, alleviates pain.
Needling: Perpendicular or oblique insertion .3 – .5 cun, or prick to cause bleeding.

BL44 SHENTANG (SPIRIT HALL)
Location: On the back, 3.0 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous process of the 5th thoracic vertebra.
Indications:
Cardiac pain, palpitations, insomnia
Chest congestion, cough, asthma
Pain of the shoulder and back
Functions: Activates the meridian, frees the chest, calms the Shen.
UB 44 is the outer Back-Shu of the Heart. Its special feature is that it helps treat the psychological/spiritual aspect of the Heart. It is usually used to treat Anxiety, insomnia, and depression.
Needling: Oblique insertion .5 – .8 cun.

TB16 TIANYOU (WINDOW OF HEAVEN)
Location: On the side of the neck, directly inferior to the posterior aspect of the mastoid process, at the level of the angle of the mandible, on the posterior border of m. sternocleidomastoideus.
Indications:
Headache, neck rigidity
Eye pain, deafness
Scrofula
Functions: Clears Heat, clears the sensory organs, benefits the head, alleviates pain.
Needling: Perpendicular insertion .5 – 1.0 cun.

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