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Spleen Channel

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CHONGMEN SP-12
Rushing Gate
Meeting point of the Spleen and Liver
channels with the Yin Linking vessel
LOCATION
3.5 cun lateral to Qugu REN-2, on the lateral side of the
femoral artery.
LOCATION NOTE
Palpate to locate the pulsation of the femoral artery, just over
one handbreadth lateral to the midline, at the level of the
upper border of the pubic symphysis. Locate Chongmen
SP-12 in the depression immediately lateral to this pulsation.
NEEDLING
Perpendicular insertion, 0.5 to 1 cun.
Caution: deep needling in a medial direction may punc-
ture the femoral artery, and in a lateral direction, the
femoral nerve.
ACTIONS
Invigorates blood, regulates qi and alleviates pain
Drains damp, clears heat and regulates urination
INDICATIONS
Abdominal pain, cold in the abdomen with fullness,
abdominal (ji ju) masses, shan disorder, pain of
haemorrhoids, foetal qi rushes upward to the Heart
leading to difficulty in breathing, difficult lactation.
Difficult urination, retention of urine, painful urinary
dysfunction, leucorrhoea, sudden turmoil disorder,
heat in the body, atrophy disorder and painful ob-
struction of the lower limb.
COMMENTARY
Chongmen SP-12 is a coalescent point of the Yin Linking
vessel. The Classic of Difficulties says When the Yin Link-
ing vessel is diseased, Heart pain will result
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. Chongmen
SP-12 (Rushing Gate), like Qichong ST-30 (Rushing Qi), is
indicated for foetal qi rushing up to the Heart. This
condition, described by Zhu Dan-xi, manifests as disten-
tion, fullness and pain of the abdomen and Heart in a
pregnant woman, and is common in the later stages of
pregnancy.
COMBINATIONS
Abdominal fullness and abdominal (ji ju) masses:
Chongmen SP-12 and Fushe SP-13 (Supplementing
Life).
The five types of painful urinary dysfunction with in-
ability to urinate: Chongmen SP-12 and Dadun LIV-1
(Supplementing Life).
Post-partum leucorrhoea and uterine bleeding:
Chongmen SP-12 and Qichong ST-30 (One Hundred
Symptoms).
3.5 cun
Qugu REN-2
Chongmen SP-12
femoral artery
femoral nerve
femoral vein
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Lung
L. Intestine
Stomach
Spleen
Heart
S. Intestine
Bladder
Kidney
Pericardium
Sanjiao
Gall Bladder
Liver
Conception
Governing
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