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Small Intestine meridian (hand tai Yin) points

Main indications:

Acupuncture points in this meridian are indicated for diseases of the head, neck, ear, eyes and pharynx (throat), as well as certain febrile conditions and mental illnesses. These acupuncture points are also recommended for symptoms associated with the meridian's pathway.

SI-1 (Shao Ze)

SI1-SI5

Chinese Name:

Shaoze 少泽

English translation:

Lesser Marsh

Location:

On the ulnar side of the distal phalanx of the little finger, .1 cun (finger cun) distance from the corner of the nail.

Classification:

Jing-Well point of the Small Intestine Meridian

Indications:

Nebula, sore throat.
Wind-stroke coma, febrile diseases, insufficient lactation.
Mastitis, headache, chest pain, pain in ribs, arm pain, stiff neck, stiff tongue.
Jaundice, shortness of breath, cough, acute disorders caused by Wind, muscular contractures, Yin (cold) symptoms with vomiting, dry mouth, hypersalivation, stomatitis, deformation of eyes, cardiomegalia, irritability, convulsions.

Functions:

Resuscitates, promotes lactation, opens orifices, clears Heat.

Notes:

SI 1 is an empirical point for insufficient lactation. Jing-Well points are where the qi bubbles up. Jing-Well points are indicated to revive consciousness. Jing-Well points are known to treat fullness below the Heart and clear Heat.

Needling:

Subcutaneous insertion .1cun or prick to bleed.

SI-2 (Qian Gu)

SI1-SI5

Chinese Name:

Qiangu 前谷

English translation:

Front Valley

Location:

When a loose fist is made, the point is on the ulnar aspect of the hand, distal to the 5th metacarpophalangeal joint, at the end of the transverse crease of the metacarpophalangeal joint, at the junction of the red and white skin.

Classification:

Ying-Spring point of the Small Intestine Meridian

Indications:

Numbness of the fingers, febrile diseases, tinnitus, headache, reddish urine.

Functions:

Clears Heat, activates the meridian.

Notes:

Ying-Spring points are where the qi dribbles down the meridian. Ying-Spring points are indicated for heat in the body and changes in the complexion. Ying-Spring points are known to clear heat from the meridian.

Needling:

Perpendicular insertion .3 - .5 cun.

SI-3 (Hou Xi)

SI1-SI5

Chinese Name:

Houxi 后溪

English translation:

Back Stream

Location:

When a loose fist is made, the point is on the ulnar aspect of the hand, proximal to the 5th metacarpophalangeal joint, at the end of the transverse crease of the metacarpophalangeal joint, at the junction of the red and white skin.

Classification:

Shu-Stream point of the Small Intestine Meridian
Master Point of the Du Meridian (couple with UB 62)

Indications:

Headache with stiff neck, red eyes, deafness, contracture of elbow.
Arm and fingers, epilepsy, malaria.
Febrile diseases, night sweats, psychosis, epistaxis, paralysis of upper extremities.
Hypertension, hysteria, membrane on the eye, intercostal neuralgia, low back pain, lower limb neuralgia, jaundice, fullness in the chest, hand tremor, common cold, plague, skin disease with itching, cold abcess.

Functions:

Benefits the neck and back, activates the meridian, expels exterior Wind, regulates the Du meridian, calms the Shen, treats malaria.

Notes:

SI 3 is an excellent point for neck and back issues when coupled with UB 62. Shu-Stream points are where the qi starts to pour down the meridian. They are known to alleviate heaviness and pain in the joints. On Yin Meridians, Shu-Stream points are identical to the actions of Yuan-Source points.

Needling:

Perpendicular insertion .5 - 1.0 cun.

SI-4 (Wan Gu)

SI1-SI5

Chinese Name:

Wangu 腕骨

English translation:

Wrist Bone

Location:

On the ulnar aspect of the palm, in the depression between the 5th metacarpal bone and hamate bone, at the junction of the red and white skin.

Classification:

Yuan-Source point of the Small Intestine Meridian

Indications:

Headache with stiff neck, tinnitus, nebula, finger contarcture and arm pain (finger contracture, wrist/elbow/finger arthritis).
Jaundice, febrile diseases.
Pain in sides.
Hyperlacrimation, diabetes, emaciation and thirst, throat blockage, gastritis, cholecystitis, hand tremor, weak wrists, hemiplegia, convulsions, madness and fear, swelling of neck and chin, infantile meningeal syndrome, coldness and pain on shoulder and upper back.

Functions:

Activates and clears the meridian, resolves Damp-Heat.

Notes:

Clinically, Yuan-Source points are of great significance in treating diseases of the internal organs. Yuan-Source points are the sites where the Yuan (Primary) qi of the Zang-Fu organs passes and stays. Puncturing the Yuan-Source points stimulates the vital energy of the regular meridians, regulates the functional activities of the internal organs, reinforces antipathogenic factors and eliminates pathogenic factors. This method of treating diseases deals principally with the root causes. The Yuan (source) point from the affected meridian is often combined with the Luo (Connecting) point of the internally-externally related meridians in use.

Needling:

Perpendicular insertion .3 - .5 cun.

SI-5 (Yang Gu)

SI1-SI5

Chinese Name:

Yanggu 阳谷

English translation:

Yang Valley

Location:

On the ulnar aspect of the wrist, in the depression between the styloid process of the ulna and the triquetral bone.

Classification:

Jing-River point of the Small Intestine Meridian

Indications:

Swelling of the neck and submandibular region, pain of the hand and wrist, febrile diseases.

Functions:

Clears Heat, clears the meridian, reduces swelling.

Notes:

Jing-River points are where the qi of the meridian begins to flow more heavily. They are known to treat cough and asthma due to pathogenic cold or heat.

Needling:

Perpendicular insertion .3 - .5 cun.

SI-6 (Yang Lao)

SI6-SI8

Chinese Name:

Yanglao 养老

English translation:

Nourishing the Aged

Location:

On the dorsal ulnar aspect of the forearm, in the depression on the radial side of the styloid process of the ulna.

Classification:

Xi-Cleft point of the Small Intestine Meridian

Indications:

Relaxes the sinews/tendons, clears the cahnnels, removes obstructions from the channels, clears the vision, brightens the eyes.
Blurred vision.
Aching of shoulder/back/elbow and arm.
Hemiplegia, stiff neck, low back pain, restriction of movement in lumbar area, pain of hernia, wrist drop, belching, eyeball pain.

Functions:

Activates the meridian, benefits the eyes, benefits the shoulder and arm, alleviates pain.

Notes:

A Xi-Cleft point is the site where the Qi of the meridian is deeply converged. Qi and blood are stored deeply at these particular points. If there appear abnormal reactions at X-Cleft points, it shows that the pathogens have entered the deeper parts of Zang-Fu organs. Thus, they are used for acute, painful symptoms, inflammation, protracted diseases of its pertaining meridian and Zang-Fun organ. Also, Xi-Cleft points of the Yin meridians have hemostatic functions.

Needling:

Oblique insertion towards the elbow .5 - .8 cun.

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