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~ Neiguan - Pericardium 6 ~

" Inner Pass "

 

 

 

Location

on the flexor aspect of the forearm, (inner aspect), 2 cun above Daling (P 7), between the tendons of palmaris longus and flexor carpi radialis.

note; Daling (P 7), is located on the wrist crease between the aforementioned tendons, so this point is aprx. 2 thumb breadths up the forearm from the wrist crease.

a cun is the distance between the 2nd and 3rd knuckles, or the distance at the widest part of the thumb.

Needling

i perpendicular insertion 0.5 to 1.0 inch
ii joined to Waiguan (SJ 5)
iii angular insertion 1.0 to 1.5 inches along the channel towards the chest for diseases f the chest
iv angular insertion 1.0 to 1.5 inches along the channel towards the fingers for numbness of the fingers

Caution; the median nerve lies directly under this point and needling can produce a significant electrical shock sensation. While this sensation signifies the arrival of Qi, further manipulation may damage the nerve.

Moxa is OK

Actions

Unbinds the chest and regulates Qi
Regulates the heart and calms the spirit
Harmonizes the stomach and alleviates nausea
Clears heat
Opens the Yinwei meridian (extraordinary channel)

Signs and Symptoms

cardiac pain, palpitation, stuffy chest, pain in the hypochonidriac region, stomachache, nausea, vomiting, hiccup, mental disorders, epilepsy, insomnia, febrile diseases, irritability, malaria, pain/contracture of elbow and arm

Commentary

Neiguan is considered the single most important distal point for the treatment of any kind of chest pain. It is a primary point in Acupuncture Anaesthesia for chest surgery.

The Heart is considered to be the residence of Spirit and the Pericardium, as the muscule that wraps the Heart, is its protector. Neiguan is the point of choice for regulating the Heart, both at the physical level (pounding of the Heart, rhythm disorders) and at the metaphysical level (insomnia, epilepsy, mania, poor memory, loss of memory, fright, sadness and anxiety).

Finally, like other points on the Pericardium Channel, because this channel connects with the middle, Neiguan is indicated for various stomach and intestinal disorders. Specifically, Neiguan is chosen for vomiting due to pregnancy, and vomiting as a side effect of chemotherapy.

 

 


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