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Stomach 25 Tianshu is the 25th point on the Stomach or Leg Bright Yang acupuncture channel, and the
2 cun lateral to the centre of the umbilicus. The point is halfway between the centre line and the lateral border of the rectus abdominis muscle.
Copyright RJ Walker
Up to 1.5cun vertically or obliquely inwards towards the centre line. NB: do not needle pregnant women with this point.
Local to the area and inferiorly. Often a heavy, gripping sensation.
Moxa: up to 100 cones
This may seem a lot of moxa, and it is, so if you are applying it, do so with great care and attention to your patient. Make the moxa cones small and be aware that this number is probably what might be used only for severe deficiency.
Removes stasis of Qi and Blood
In the abdomen:
Harmonises Spleen and Stomach
Ascends clear and descends turbid
Clears damp and damp-heat in the form of
The point is said to control the whole lower abdomen, but it also strongly affects the space above the umbilicus.
Its name 'Heavenly Axis' or 'Heavenly Pivot' refers to the way it acts at their meeting point to readjust and harmonise between the two spaces (ie above and below it) and between the Stomach and the Large Intestine.
It can also be used to calm the mind, which after all, has such a major impact on our emotions and our digestion, but personally I would use it with additional points for this purpose.
If you live in the Edinburgh area of Scotland, where the author of this site (and of the books described below) works, click on Edinburgh Acupuncturist.
If you live elsewhere, click on BAcC.
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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