HT6:陰郄 [yīn xī] Yin cleft

•Source [出處 chū chù]:

The Systematic Classic of Acupuncture and Moxibustion【甲乙經 jiǎ yǐ jīng】

•Channel and collateral【經絡 jīng luò】:

Hand shao yin

Classification【類別 lèi bié】:

xi-cleft point [郗穴 xī xué]

Name【名稱 mīng chéng】:

陰 [yīn] : the opposite of yang

郄 [xī] : cleft

HT6 is the cleft-xi point [郄 xī] of the shao yin [陰 yīn] heart channel and thus called yin-xi

Location【部位 bù wèi】:

On the anteromedial aspect of the forearm, radial to the flexor carpi ulnaris tendon, 0.5 cun proximal to the palmar wrist crease.

Note 1: 0.5 cun proximal to HT7, at the same level as the distal border of the head of the ulna.

Needling【針法 zhēn fǎ】:

Needle 0.3-0.5 cun perpendicular. 1-3 Moxa cons and 3-5 minutes of moxa stick.

Action【功效 gōng xiào】:

Clear heart fire [清心火 qīng xīn huó]

Peace the spirit and will [寧神志 níng shén zhì]

Constraining sweat and securing the exterior [斂汗固表 liǎn hàn gù biǎo]

•Indication【主治 zhǔ zhì】:

headache, dizziness, heartache, palpitations, chills, epistaxis, vomiting blood, throat numbness, night sweats, bone steaming in children, aphonia, cholera, chest fullness, cough.

•Point pair 【配穴 pèi xué] :

HT6-KD7: this point pair is mainly used in cases of vacuity, especially heart and KD yin, which can lead to abnormal sweating such as night sweating.

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