at the vertex of the head, on the midline,
in the depression, 5 cun behind the hairline at the
front, and 7 cun ahead of the hairline at the back.
Note; in balding men, measure from where
the hairline would be if there were hair. Alternatively
one can measure 8 cun back from Yintang
(the glabella or the point on the midline directly
between the ends of the eyebrows), and 6 cun forward
from the external occipitual protuberance, (the little
bump on the midline at the base of the skull).
along the channel, under the skin 0.5
to 1.0 inch
moxa is OK
Pacifies wind and subdues yang
Raises Yang and treats prolapse
Bnefits the head and sense organs
Nourishes the Sea of Marrow (brain)
Benefits the brain and calms the spirit.
Signs and Symptoms
headache, vertigo, tinnitus, nasal obstruction,
aphasia, coma, mental disorders, prolapse of the rectum
Baihui is the uppermost Accupuncture
point on the body. Its name, 'Hundred
Meetings', refers to the idea that it is not
only the meeting point of all the Yang channels of
the upper body (plus the Liver channel), but that
it is indicated in a 'hundred diseases.'
Baihui's main action is to
regulate Yang, both to strongly draw Yang
to the head to treat such conditions of deficiency
as, whirling sensation, tinnitus, dizziness, vision
impairment and desire to sleep, and to treat such
excess conditions as headache, windstroke, and pain
at the vertex.
As well, Bahui is able to raise
sinking Qi at the other end of the channel
and is indicated for prolapse of the rectum, uterus
Baihui is an important point
in Qi Gong practice. According to some it
is an alternative to Yintang as the location
of the Upper Dantian because of its obvious
proximity to Heaven. In any case, it is an important
gate in the 'Small Heavenly Circle,' the quintiessential
Qi Gong Qi building meditation/exercise
that follows the Ren and Du channels.
As Baihui is at the apex of
the circle it is seen as a direct connection to Heaven.
In the Chinese view of the world, a Human is seen
as the bridge between Heaven and Earth. One connects
to Heaven through Baihui and with the Earth
through Yongquan (K1), on the sole of the
foot and so doing seeks to master the Lower Dantian
(located just below the navel), and the Upper Dantian
Since the tendency of Yang
is always to strongly rise, Qi Gong students
are required to master the Lower Dantian (located
below the navel) and thus the connection to the Earth
in order to be securely anchored before focusing on
the upper Dantian and accessing Heaven.
There has been a long-standing controversy
over the role of the brain. Most consider the Heart
to be the actual residence of the Mind (Spirit) while
the Brain is seen as a place of data storage, or at
best 'intelligence.' The Brain is considered an 'Extraordinary
Fu organ - literally an 'empty sac'.
Even so, some do speculate that since
the Brain connects directly to Heaven, it is the residence
Interestingly, Baihui, while
a point on the Du channel and connecting
directly to the brain, also connects directly to the
Heart through a divergent channel. In other words
the 2 contradictory theories seem to be resolved at
Baihui. This is reflected in the fact that
Baihai is strongly indicated for a variety of psycho-emotional
disorders, usually the preserve of points on the Pericardium
and Heart channels. Agitation and oppression, fright,
palpitations, poor memory, lack of mental vigour,
disorientation, much crying, profound sadness, a desire
to die, and mania, are all treated with Baihui.