Tucked away down near your groin is Stomach 30, QiChong, a very important acupuncture point on your Stomach channel.
As you’ll see, it has many functions. All of them help your body manufacture Qi and Blood and assist health in your lower abdomen, especially with the health of your uterus.
Acupuncture theory says this is because it is one of the places that the ‘Extra-ordinary’ vessel Chong Mo first emerges.
Level with the superior edge of the pubic bone, 2 cun units lateral to the mid-line. It can also be found halfway from the midline to the lateral border of the rectus abdominis muscle at that level.
Needle this point with the patient preferably lying supine, with a pillow under his knees. However, this is not always possible.
Sometimes this is the appropriate point for someone with great abdominal pain and distension, who finds it very hard to lie down.
Insert the needle perpendicularly to the skin to a depth of between one-half, and one and a half (maximum), cun. You can also insert slightly further, up to 2 cun, if the needle is slanted towards the genitals. Be aware that needling deeply here may damage the spermatic cord.
Needling too deeply may also puncture the bladder – so make sure the patient empties his bladder beforehand!
NB! Stomach 30 is medial to the common iliac artery which runs lateral to it and has a large pulse. Be careful!
Apart from a distending sensation locally, the sensation may spread up the Liver channel to Liver 14 Qimen, or sometimes down to Liver 11 Yinlian.
3 – 7 cones Moxa here can be very comforting and effective in cases of Cold in the lower abdomen.
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