DU-15 (Ya Men) Mute's Gate
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DU-15 (Ya Men) Mute's Gate

Acupuncture Points on the Du Mai (Governing Vessel)
  • Point of the Sea of Qi, Meeting Point of the Governing and Yang Linking Vessels

Actions:

  • Benefits the tongue and treats muteness
  • Eliminates wind
  • Benefits the neck and spine

Indications:

  • Mental disorders, epilepsy, deafness and mute, sudden hoarseness of voice, apoplexy, stiffness of the tongue and aphasia, occipital headache, neck rigidity.

Pont Location:

  • A Manual of Acupuncture: On the midline at the nape of the neck, in the depression 0.5 cun inferior to Fengfu DU-16, below the spinous process of the first cervical vertebra (impalpable).
  • Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion: 0.5 cun directly above the midpoint of the posterior hairline, in the depression below the spinous process of the first cervical vertebra.

Needling Method:

  • Puncture perpendicularly 0.5-0.8 inch. Neither upward obliquely nor deep puncture is advisable. It is near the medullary bulb in the deep layer, and the depth and angle of the puncture should be paid strict attention to.
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