Points of the helix

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56. Diaphragm: The Diaphragm point is a powerful point that triggers movement of the diaphragm, thus assisting in deep breathing. According to traditional Oriental medical theory, the diaphragm is the place where the Blood meets and then is directed to its proper pathways.

Therefore, the Diaphragm point is effective in the treatment of Qi and Blood Stagnation. It is indicated for diseases caused by bleeding due to Evil Heat in the Blood. When the diaphragm moves, Liver Qi is regulated and spread, and the distribution of Qi and Blood in the Upper Jiao is facilitated.

The Diaphragm point also has an effect upon the emotions by virtue of moving Liver Qi Stagnation. Consequently, it treats depression viewed as Liver Qi stagnation, and regularizes the emotions.

This point then helps the Upper Jiao and the Middle Jiao communicate, and dispels chest and mid-back tightness. Because it corresponds to the diaphragm, this point is good for treating nervous tension, hiccups, and pressure from the Stomach or Liver that follows surgery.

It also treats jaundice.

This point has mixed sympathetic/parasympathetic innervations.

Kropej recommends needling it first in a treatment because it affects the reactive ability of the rest of the auricle. He says that it can make an unreactive ear reactive or a hypersensitive ear normal because it promotes homeostatic control. The Diaphragm point also corresponds to the umbilical area.5 Some say this point does not correspond to the body’s anatomy. They have delineated its role based upon a functional observation of its effects.6 Some authors refer to this point as Point Zero (Nogier) or the Master point (Oleson).

57. Lower portion of the rectum: This point remedies problems, such as fecal stagnation, constipation, impacted stools, hemorrhoids, diverticulitis, and diverticuloses of the lower rectum.

58. Hemorrhoids: This is a point specifically for the treatment of hemorrhoids due to Stagnant Blood, Damp-heat accumulation, or prolapsed Qi. It also treats itchiness, inflammation, local bleeding, and anal fissures.

59. Common Cold: This point can be used to help prevent the common cold or to treat a developed cold. It can be used for symptoms of Wind–Cold, Wind–Heat, or Wind–Dampness that cause common cold manifestations.

60. Ear Apex: This is an important point to bring down Yang and reduce heat. In the case of Yang rising, this point reduces high blood pressure and can quell anger and other heat manifestations symptomatic of Yang rising. Especially when a bleeding technique is used, it is a clinically effective point for conjunctivitis, migraines, and other symptoms of Liver Yang rising. 61., 62., 63., 64. Helixes 1 to 4: Because these points pertain to tonsillar tissue, they can be used to enhance immunity and ward off infection or invasion, such as acute tonsillitis.

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