Du-4 Gate of Life MINGMEN - Acupuncture Points

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Du-4 Gate of Life MINGMEN - Acupuncture Points -1

Du-4 Gate of Life MINGMEN - Acupuncture Points -1

Location
Du-4 Gate of Life MINGMEN - Acupuncture Points ) On the posterior midline, below the spinous process of the 2nd lumbar vertebra (L2).
How to find
For orientation in the lumbar region (➞ 3.4.3), first, locate the Tuffier’s line by placing both hands directly superior and lateral to the two highest points on the iliac crest, joining the thumbs on the midline. The line will generally intersect with the spinous process of L4. (Note: Orientation on the lumbar region depends on the patient’s position; for more detail on differential orientation ➞ 3.4). From there, count up to the spinous process of L2 and locate Du-4 on the midline, below the spinous process.
Located on the same level are a point of ➞ Ex-B-2/BL-23/BL-52 (0.5/1.5/3 cun lateral to the midline).
Needling
0.5–1 cun vertically to slightly obliquely in an inferior direction, with the patient’s back straight or flexed. The spinal cord generally ends between the 1st and 2nd lumbar vertebrae; still, there is hardly any mention in the literature of spinal punctures with deep needling and/or insertions in a superior direction.

Du-4 Gate of Life MINGMEN - Acupuncture Points -3

Du-4 Gate of Life MINGMEN - Acupuncture Points -3

Actions/Indications
● Tonifies Kidney Yang (especially with moxibustion), warms the mingmen, strengthens the Kidneys,regulates the du mai,benefits the lumbar region
● Pacifies Wind in the du mai

Special features
Major point for tonifying Yang, especially Kidney Yang

Du-4 Gate of Life MINGMEN - Acupuncture Points -2

Du-4 Gate of Life MINGMEN - Acupuncture Points -2

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