TE-5 WAIGUAN

Location
( TE-5 Outer Pass WAIGUAN – ) 2 cun proximal to the dorsal wrist joint space (‘dorsal wrist crease’), between the radius and the ulna.
How to find
As the location of the dorsal wrist crease varies, the wrist joint space should be used for orientation instead (➞ 3.3.3). By moving the patient’s wrist in a relaxed way, the joint space becomes more easily palpable. T.B.-5 is located 2 cun proximal to the midpoint of the joint space, in the depression midway between the radius and the ulna. Or quick method: With the palpating finger, slide with slight pressure from the dorsal aspect of the wrist joint in a proximal direction between the radius and the ulna, until the finger is brought to rest at T.B.-5 by the increasing skin bulge building up in front of it.
➞ PC-6 is located opposite T.B.-5, on the anterior aspect of the forearm.

Actions/Indications
● Expels Wind and benefits the head and ears, clears Heat, opens and regulates the yang wei mai
● Opens the channel and alleviates pain
Special features
Luo-connecting point, opening (master) point of the yang wei mai. Major point for expelling Wind-Heat, analgesic point for the upper extremity.

 

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