Stomach 25 - Tianshu
Heaven's Pivot

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Stomach 25 Tianshu is the 25th point on the Stomach or Leg Bright Yang acupuncture channel, and the

Location of Tianshu

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.

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Needling the point

Up to 1.5cun vertically or obliquely inwards towards the centre line. NB: do not needle pregnant women with this point.

Needle sensation
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.

ACTIONS of Stomach 25 Tianshu

Removes stasis of Qi and Blood

In the abdomen:

  • pain,
  • swelling,
  • oedema,
  • sharp pains,
  • abdominal masses in women,
  • coldness in the area of the umbilicus,
  • clears excess causing haemorrhoids.

Find out more about stasis of Qi and blood under Qi Stagnation and Blood Stasis.

Readjusts the intestines

  • Acute and chronic problems in digestion
  • Abdominal fullness with vomiting
  • Moves food stationery in intestines
  • Intestinal paralysis
  • Gas
  • Intestinal Parasites
  • Constipation
  • Dysentery
  • Poor appetite

Harmonises Spleen and Stomach

  • Irregular menses
  • Painful menses
  • Helps Spleen transform food into Qi and Blood
  • Strengthens weakness
  • Sterility from Spleen/Stomach disharmony
  • Diarrhoea from Spleen deficiency

Ascends clear and descends turbid

  • Mania, raving, related to Spleen/Stomach disharmony

Clears damp and damp-heat in the form of

  • Leucorrhoea
  • Retention of Urine
  • Diarrhoea with undigested food
  • Dysentery

Comment on Tianshu, Heaven's Pivot

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.

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