10 points of the triangular fossa (G): points that relate to nervous and hormonal regulation and the pelvic organs

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10 points of the triangular fossa (G): points that relate to nervous and hormonal regulation and the pelvic organs.

Location tip

Locating the borders of the triangular fossa — When one is first learning auricular point location, it is sometimes difficult to perceive the borders of the triangular fossa, especially its upper border. If you do not know the borders of the triangular fossa you cannot locate the points correctly within it. First, remember that the triangular fossa is a depression. Relatively speaking,

it is usually a slightly darker hue than the tissue of the superior and inferior antihelix cruras. During pregnancy and menstruation, the triangular fossa is oftentimes a bright red. If the patient has painful periods, it tends to be on the dark side. One of my students had a permanent blue triangular fossa on one side of one ear. When I inquired about it, she said that she was deprived of oxygen at the time of her birth. (Interestingly, the Stop Wheezing point pertaining to respiration is in the center of the triangular fossa).

A simple tip that can help with demarcating the triangular fossa's upper border is to gently press the helix of the ear inward (medially). When you do this, the superior antihelix crus becomes more visible and elevated, thus making the triangular fossa’s upper border clearly demarcated (Figure 3.3).

1. Shenmen: Located in the triangular fossa along the lateral border, superior to the junction of its inferior and superior borders. Place the ear probe in this juncture and then slide superiorly to the intersection.

Figure 3.3 Points of the triangular fossa (G)

Figure 3.3 Points of the triangular fossa (G)

The probe will fall into a small depression; that is the point.

Chapter three: The location of 100 common ear points

2. Stop Wheezing: Located in the deepest point in the center of the triangular fossa. Place the probe roughly in this vicinity. Search by feel with the probe for the depression which is where the point is located.

3. Hypertension: Located in the laterosuperior corner of the triangular fossa.

Notes: There are three standard locations of the Sympathetic point.

One of them is actually in the triangular fossa, another is on the posterior border of the helix, and the third is below the triangular fossa.

However, I have included the latter two here because they are alternative locations for what I am designating as Sympathetic 1. I have labeled them as follows:

4. Sympathetic 1: Located in the medioinferior corner of the triangular fossa.

5. Sympathetic 2: Located on the posterior border of the helix, midway between the level of Sympathetic 1 and Sympathetic 3. This is the first of three points on my map that are located on the posterior border of an ear structure.

6. Sympathetic 3: Located on the inferior antihelix crus, below Sympathetic 1.

7. Uterus/Prostate (seminal vesicle): Located midway between Sympathetic 1 and the Hypertension point.

8. Constipation: Located on the inferior border of the triangular fossa. This point is an area equivalent to a rectangular shape. Part of it is along the inferior border of the triangular fossa and part is along the upper portion of the inferior antihelix crus.

9. Hepatitis: Located at the junction of the inferior and superior borders of the triangular fossa.

10. Hip Joint: Located medial to the Hepatitis point, on the lower border of the triangular fossa.

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