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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.
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.
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 quantity might be used only for severe deficiency.
In the abdomen:
The point is said to control the whole lower abdomen, but it also strongly affects the space above the umbilicus.
When your stomach – your abdomen – hurts Tianshu may help.
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. Useful then for Stomach Qi stagnation.
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. So it can be used for ‘nervous stomach anxiety‘.
In some forms of Japanese acupuncture, they support treatment of eye problems with Stomach 25.
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