( Ex-B-8 Below the 17th Vertebra SHIQIZHUI/SHIQIZHUIXIA ) On the midline, below the spinous process of the 5th lumbar vertebra (L5).
How to find
Locate the Tuffier’s line and L4 (➞ 3.4.3). Next, palpate in an inferior direction to the next vertebra (L5) and locate Ex-B-8 below the border of its spinous process, at the lumbosacral joint.
Located on the same level are a point of ➞ Ex-B-2/BL-26 (0.5/1.5 cun lateral to the midline).
0.5–1 cun vertically to the skin or obliquely in an inferior direction. The patient’s back should be straight or slightly flexed to avoid a spinal puncture. Oblique insertions in a superior direction should only be carried out by experienced practitioners, as in small persons (regardless of their weight), the spinal canal can be reached after only 1.25 cun. Caution: In pregnant women about to go into labour, this point might have a labour-promoting effect.
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