T.B.-21 Ear Gate ERMEN - Acupuncture Points

| January 1, 2011 | 0 Comments | 3,556 views

Location
T.B.-21 Ear Gate ERMEN - Acupuncture Points ) Anterior to the ear, with the patient’s mouth open in the depression on the level of the supratragic notch and slightly superior to the condyloid process of the mandible.
How to find
This point should be both located and needled with the patient’s mouth open. This allows the condyloid process of the mandible to slide anteriorly to reveal the depression where T.B.-21 is located. Locate the sulcus between the auricle and the cheek anterior to the tragus (this can be more or less well defined).
Then locate T.B.-21 on the level of the supratragic notch on the sulcus. If the latter cannot be clearly identified (it becomes more pronounced with increasing age), the depression can be located with an (ear) point locator when the patient’s mouth is opened.
T.B.-21 is the most superior of three points located anterior to the ear (➞ S.I.-19 and ➞ G.B.-2 are located more distally).
Needling
0.5–1 cun vertically or slightly obliquely in an inferior direction. Needle with the patient’s mouth open (to avoid intra-articular insertion). After insertion, patients can close their mouth again.
Caution: Like S.I.-19 and G.B.-2, this point is close to the superficial temporal artery and the auriculotemporal nerve.
Actions/Indications
● Clears Heat, benefits the ears
Special features
Important local point for disorders of the ears

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