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Spleen 4, Gongsun, is a point on the Spleen Leg Tai Yin acupuncture channel. It is a hugely important point, helping to keep Qi flowing smoothly in the abdominal cavity. That’s a huge help to the rest of your body, not least to your Heart.
As you’ll read, it has many functions.
On the medial edge of the foot, just distal and inferior to the proximal end of the metatarsal bone of the big toe. Needle where the colour of the skin changes.
Needle perpendicularly to the skin, depth from one-third cun to 1 cun. The skin here is sensitive so swift insertion is recommended.
Needle Sensation: usually up and/or down the Spleen channel a few inches.
Moxibustion: up to 3 cones. Although the skin here is sensitive, in older or frail patients be cautious! Their nerves don’t necessarily inform their brains of burning sensations in time.
Sedating this point, when appropriate, helps to clear diarrhoea due to excess Damp in the body by encouraging the Spleen to transform fluids.
This point is often used when there is acute enteritis with vomiting and diarrhoea, or when there is bleeding in the upper digestive trace, such as from hematemesis.
Its analgesic qualities help to stop pain.
From Spleen 4 the luo-connecting channel of the Spleen connects with the Stomach channel and then enters the abdomen where it connects with the Stomach and intestines. Symptoms of …
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