( Du-15 Gate of Muteness YAMEN - Acupuncture Points ) On the occiput, on the posterior midline, in the depression between the 1st (atlas) and 2nd (axis) cervical vertebrae, approximately 0.5 cun inferior to ➞Du-16 (directly below the external occipital protuberance).
How to find
The external occipital protuberance (➞ 3.1.5) is a hump-shaped projection on the posterior surface of the occipital bone, on the midline and slightly superior to the craniocervical junction (➞ 3.1.5). ➞ Du-16 is located in a depression on the posterior midline that you can palpate directly inferior to the protuberance.
From there, glide 0.5 cun in an inferior direction and locate Du-15 superior to the first palpable spinous process (belonging to the axis; the atlas has no spinous process) and approximately
0.5 cun superior to the posteror hairline.
Located on the same level is ➞ BL-10 (on the lateral aspect of the trapezius muscle).
0.5–1 cun strictly perpendicularly in an inferior direction. Caution: Injury to the cervical marrow. According to classic texts, moxibustion is contraindicated.
● Benefits the tongue, ears, neck and spine
● Dispels Wind
● Clears Yang Heat/excess
Meeting point with the yang wei mai. Sea of Qi point.
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