Shenmen (English translation: Spirit Gate)
On the wrist, at the ulnar end of the
transverse crease of the writs, in the depression on the radial side of the
tendon m. flexor carpi ulnaris.
Yuan-Source point of the Heart Meridian
Shu-Stream point of the Heart Meridian
- Insomnia, amnesia
- Cardiac pain, palpitations due to fright,
irritability, chest pain
- Mania, epilepsy, stupor
Calms the Shen, tonifies and regulates
the Heart Blood and Qi.
HT 7 is the point for emotional
issues, especially excessive
Anxiety and worry. Clinically, Yuan-Source points are of great
significance in treating diseases of the internal organs. Yuan-Source points are
the sites where the Yuan (Primary) qi of the Zang-Fu organs passes and stays. Puncturing the
Yuan-Source points stimulates the vital energy of the regular meridians,
regulates the functional activities of the internal organs, reinforces
antipathogenic factors and eliminates pathogenic factors. This method of
treating diseases deals principally with the root causes. The Yuan (source)
point from the affected meridian is often combined with the Luo (Connecting)
point of the internally-externally related meridians in use. Shu-Stream
points are where the qi starts to pour down the meridian. They are known to
alleviate heaviness and pain in the joints. On Yin Meridians, Shu-Stream points
are identical to the actions of Yuan-Source points.
Perpendicular insertion .3 - .5 cun.