( Ex-LE-5 Eyes of the Knee XIYAN - Acupuncture Points ) With the knee flexed, this pair of points is located inferior to the patella, medial and lateral to the patellar ligament. Ex-LE-5 (xiyan) includes two points: the medial eye of the knee corresponds to ➞ Ex-LE-4 (neixiyan), the lateral eye of the knee to ST-35 (dubi).
How to find
This point is best located with the patient’s knee flexed (use knee support). The eyes of the knee can be located on the level of the lower border of the patella, lateral and medial to the patellar ligament. The lateral eye of the knee corresponds to ➞ ST-35 (dubi), the medial eye of the knee to ➞ Ex-LE-4 (neixiyan).
Together, these two points form the extra point Ex-LE-5 (xiyan).
Medial eye of the knee: 0.5–1 cun vertically or obliquely towards the lateral eye of the knee; lateral eye of the knee: 0.5–1 cun vertically or obliquely towards the medial eye of the knee. Caution:
Do not needle too deeply to avoid intra-articular puncture (these points correspond to the incision sites for knee arthroscopy).
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Important local points for disorders of the knee
Category: Acupuncture Points
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