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.