THE XI-CLEFT POINTS
Relative to point selection the key points are listed
adjacent to meridians and one key point, the Major Lou of the Spleen.
You can always determine a key point known as the Xi-Cleft point for each
of the 12 regular meridians by the following rule. The Xi-Cleft is the
same as the Shu Stream Point for Yin. For the Yang meridian it is one
point higher than the Shu Stream. For example the Shu stream point Kid
7 is the Xi-Cleft, which Li3 is the Shu Stream Point.
Points are the sites where Qi and blood in the meridians accumulate. As
you can see from your chart there are 16 Qi Cleft points. These special
points treat primarily “acute” diseases of the Zang Fu organs. Common
examples are Pericardium 4 to treat pain and fullness of the chest
Lung 6 for hemoptysis, Large Intestine 7 abdominal pain and borborygmus
or Stomach 34 for epigastric pain.
REVIEW OF THE FIVE SHU POINTS
this text you were introduced to these points. They
are found below the
elbows and knees. Remember they are located in the order of below to
above and the Qi increases in them as they progress. You will also
notice in your study chart disease conditions associated with each of
the 5 Shu Points. Again a simple review of the early literature
explains these points. It is written in the Classic on Medical
Problems, Chapter 68 “Jing Points are indicated in the fullness of the
chest; Ying Points for febrile diseases; Shu Points or heavy sensations
of the body and painful joints, Jing Points for cough and asthma due to
pathogenic cold and heat; and the Points for diarrhea…” Experience
furthers these correlates to Jing Well-Zang-fu mental illness, Ying
Spring respiratory problems a well as combined with Shu Stream and Jing
River for disorders along the outer course of the affected meridians.
There are two sets of He Sea Points. These points are indicated for Fu
organ disease with the lower extremity He Sea points. These lower He
Sea are diagrammed as follows:
where Li is the Large Intestine and its Lower He Sea Point is Stomach 37
where St is the Stomach and its Lower He Sea Point is Stomach 36
SI where SI is the Small Intestine and its Lower He Sea is Stomach 39
where Ub is the Urinary Bladder and its Lower He Sea is Urinary Bladder
where SJ is the San Jiao or Triple Burner and its Lower He Sea is San
where Gb is the Gall Bladder and its Lower He Sea is Gall Bladder 34
It is written
in the Miraculous Pivot Chapter 4, “The six
fu organs, i.e. the Stomach, Small Intestine, Gall Bladder, Urinary
Bladder and Small Intestine are closely related to the three yang
meridians of the foot. On each meridian is a Lower He Sea Point."
There reasoning is quite simple. These powerful points of the Stomach,
Urinary Bladder and Gall Bladder link pared yang meridians of the head.
Thus you can take care of a myriad of conditions with these few points.
For example the Large Intestine and small intestine can be treated by
these Stomach points, which activate the ascending and descending
functions of the Gastrointestinal Tract. The Urinary Bladder and San
Jiao respond with the Bladder points to control the water passages
connected to the San Jiao and Urinary Bladder etc.
concept was summarized nicely by the Miraculous Pivot. It is written in
Chapter 4, “Disorders of the six fu organs
can be treated by the He Sea Points."
Excellent clinical experience here given as the care of gastric pain and
sour regurgitation by the treatment of Stomach 36; appendicitis pain and
dysentery by Stomach 37, biliary pain, pain at the tips of the scapula
and vomiting by Gb 34, and elimination of Bladder heat by Ub 40 or Ub
YUAN PRIMARY POINTS OR ZANG-FU ANKLE AND WRIST POINTS
The Primary Qi of the Zang-Fu organs resides in points known as Yuan
Primary Points. These twelve points are located at the wrist and
ankle. Again it is written in the Miraculous Pivot Chapter 1,
“When the five Zang organs are diseased, the symptoms will manifest
themselves in the conditions of the twelve Yuan Points with which they
are connected. Each of the 5 Zang Organs is connected with its own Yuan
point. For this reason if we fully grasp the connects between Zang
organs and their corresponding Yuan Points as well as the latter’s
external manifestations, there will be no difficulty for us to
understand the nature of the diseases of the five Zang organs…the twelve
Yuan points are effective for treating the diseases of the 5 Zang organs
and the 6 Fu organs”.
Obviously Yuan means source or origin. These Yuan Primary points are
intimately associated with san Jiao and primary Qi. Remember the
Primary Qi or inherited essence and Qi originates from between the two
kidneys distributing over the whole body and concerning the Qi
activity. It traveled through the Yang meridians thus the San Jiao.
The Primary Qi is located in the Yuan Primary Points. These points are
excellent for excess and deficiency syndromes of the Zang-Fu Organs.
CONNECTING POINTS (The Internal External Connectors)
Connecting points between internally-externally related meridians are
known of as the Luo connecting points. Each of the twelve regular
meridians has a Luo connecting point located on the extremities. The
Du, Ren, and Major Collateral of the Spleen or Major Lou of the Spleen
are Luo Points on the Truck. These fifteen Luo connecting points treat
disorders of the Zang Fu organs with exterior-interior relationship as
well as the areas supplied by the paired meridians. For example, as you
learned the spleen and stomach are internally and externally related.
Sp4, the Luo connecting point can treat spleen and stomach diseases.
The following chart exemplifies key treatments with a known Luo point.
Lung 7 for Heat in the Palms
Heart 5 for Hiccup
Pericardium 6 for Heart pain
Small Intestine 7 for loose elbow
Large Intestine 6 for toothache and deafness
San Jiao 5 for elbow spasm
Urinary Bladder 58 for Nasal obstruction
Stomach 40 for manic-depressive disorders.
Gall Bladder 37 for Qi syncope
Spleen 4 for Intestinal Colic
Kidney 4 for Uroschesis
Liver 5 for orchitis and hernia
Du1 for back pain
Ren 15 for abdominal pain
Sp 21 for joint pain.
Front Mu points of the Zang-Fu organs are where meridian Qi
accumulates. They are located on the chest and abdomen. Next you will
study the Back Shu Points. In Genuine Meaning of the Classic on Medical
Problems, it is written “The Qi in the Yang and
Yin meridians connect with each other, and the Qi of the Zangfu Organs
in the abdomen and back communicates with each other. Further it is
written in this Classic “Diseases of the Zang organs (yin) are
manifested in the Back-Shu points and the disease of the fu organs
(yang) are manifested in the Front-Mu Points”. Thus Back Shu is
used to treat Zang Organs and Front Mu to treat Fu organs. For example
Urinary Bladder 28 treats the liver, Ren 12 the Stomach and S25 the