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UB-58 Bladder 58, Feiyang, Taking Flight, must have been an interesting acupuncture to discover. It's tucked away in such an unobtrusive place, yet does so many useful things.
However, there are several other impportant points nearby, including the preceding point on the Bladder channel, Bladder 57, and one of the 'extra' points, about 1 cun inferior to Bladder 57.
Usually Bladder 57 lies 1 cun inferior and 1 cun lateral to Bladder 57.
Either perpendicularly or obliquely, between 1 and 1.5 cun.
Typically, an electric sensation downwards towards the outer malleolus.
However, when this point is needed, for example in the case of acute back pain, it can produce strong deqi sensation and be quite sore.
In my experience, the stronger the deqi produced, the faster and more efficiently the point works.
Moxa: up to 6 small cones.
There are two main situations this point is good for, though once you understand them you'll appreciate how useful it can be in a huge range of conditions.
The first is its ability to harmonise top and bottom, or yang and yin, or upper and lower parts of the body, especially the back of the body.
The second is its ability to open the channel and enable obstruction or external pathogenic factors to escape. To work, these would have to be on the channel or its sister channel, the Small Intestine.
This point is often listed as being great for sciatica, especially when the pain lies on or between the Bladder and Gallbladder channels.
However, if there is sciatica, I find I get even faster improvement if I add huato-jiaji points beside the spine where on palpation I find either acute tenderness, pain or tension.
Like Stomach 38, which is used for shoulder pain, especially along the front of the shoulder or Large Intestine channel, UB-58 Bladder 58 is particularly good for pain on the back of the shoulder.
These two points are quite close to one another in the leg and theoretically one could use one needle to reach both points at the same time.
Personally, I find this a great point for low back pain when there is an acute - excess - syndrome existing with a deficient syndrome underlying it.
For more about the use of this point, see Bladder Luo.
For example, invasion of Wind with an underlying Kidney deficiency. Here is might be combined with Kidney 4, as well as local points in the area of pain.
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Please note! The Kindle editions are less easy to read! Although the paper editions cost more, they are much easier to read and to refer back and forth to the contents and index.
Here are some of the books Jonathan has written:
Still only one comment, though personally I think this is my best book so far.
Published 1986 and, amazingly, still selling. Was apparently used back then by at least one acupuncture college to help students understand Chinese medicine!
No comments yet: just published. (Despite the lurid cover, it explains the five main types of phlegm and what works best for each type. I hope it's easy to read and will be much more useful than all the websites on the subject.)
3000 years of Chinese being stressed, and at last, here's a book showing how all that experience can help you!
By the author of this website, it explains in simple English how to use stress to improve and enhance your life.
NB You can also order 'Qi Stagnation - Signs of Stress' from your bookseller.
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