( Ex-B-2 Hua Tuo’s Paravertebral Points HUATUOJIAJI - Acupuncture Points ) 17 point pairs, 0.5 cun lateral to the lower borders of the spinous processes, close to the spinal facet joints:
● 12 thoracic point pairs (xiongjiaji): between T1 and T12
● 5 lumbar point pairs (yaojiaji): between L1 and L5, Depending on the school of thought, corresponding points lateral to the cervical spine are described as ‘additional huatuojiaji’.
How to find
Select points of Ex-B-2 depending on the disorder. Determine the relevant spinous process and locate the point pairs 0.5 cun lateral to its lower border.
0.5–1 cun vertically or better obliquely in a medial direction towards the spine, up to 1.5 cun in the lumbar region. The purpose of needling these points is to stimulate the local nerve roots. This means that the insertion angle has to be adapted to the patient’s anatomy. Never needle in a lateral direction. Once deqi is obtained, do not further stimulate the needle; it is possible to
● Regulate and harmonise the five zang and six fu Organs, depending on the points selected
With disorders of the facet joints of the cervical spine, there are often tender points 0.5 cun lateral to the lower borders of the spinous processes. In China, these are needled for chronic disorders of the cervical spine. If oblique insertions (approximately 45°) in a medial direction are used for points on the inner branch of the Bladder channel, the tip of the needle will reach the area of the huatuojiaji points. This enhances the therapeutic effect.
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