Heart Meridian 心经

Ji Quan (HT 1)

TRANSLATION:Supreme Spring
TYPE:
LOCATION:In the depression at the center of the axilla, on the medial side of the axillary artery
NEEDLE INSERTION:90° insertion towards GB 21
NEEDLE DEPTH:0.5-1.0 cun

Qing Ling (HT 2)

TRANSLATION:Youthful Spring; Green Spring
TYPE:
LOCATION:3 cun proximal to the medial end of the transverse cubital crease, on the line connecting HT 1 and HT 3 in the groove medial to biceps brachii
NEEDLE INSERTION:45° insertion; distal or proximal direction
NEEDLE DEPTH:0.5-1.0 cun

Shao Hai (HT 3)

TRANSLATION:Lesser Sea
TYPE:He-sea, Water
LOCATION:Midway between PC 3 and the medial epicondyle of the humerus, at the medial end of the transverse cubital crease when the elbow is fully flexed
NEEDLE INSERTION:45° insertion; distal or proximal direction or towards LI 11
NEEDLE DEPTH:0.5-1.5 cun

Ling Dao (HT 4)

TRANSLATION:Spirit Path
TYPE:Jing-river, Metal
LOCATION:On the radial side of the tendon of flexor carpi ulnaris, 1.5 cun above HT 7
NEEDLE INSERTION:a) 90° insertion, b) 45° insertion; distal or proximal direction
NEEDLE DEPTH:a) 0.3-0.5 cun, b) 0.5-1.0 cun

Tong Li (HT 5)

TRANSLATION:Inner Communication; Penetrating the Interior
TYPE:Luo-connecting, Heavenly Star
LOCATION:On the radial side of the tendon of flexor carpi ulnaris, 1 cun above HT 7
NEEDLE INSERTION:a) 90° insertion, b) 45° insertion; distal or proximal direction
NEEDLE DEPTH:a) 0.3-0.5 cun, b) 0.5-1.0 cun

Yin Xi (HT 6)

TRANSLATION:Yin's Cleft
TYPE:Xi-cleft
LOCATION:On the radial side of the tendon of flexor carpi ulnaris, .5 cun above HT 7
NEEDLE INSERTION:a) 90° insertion, b) 45° insertion; distal or proximal direction
NEEDLE DEPTH:a) 0.3-0.5 cun, b) 0.5-1.0 cun

Shen Men (HT 7)

TRANSLATION:Spirit Gate
TYPE:Yuan-source, Shu-stream, Earth, Sedation
LOCATION:At the ulnar end of the transverse crease of the wrist, on the radial side of the tendon of flexor carpi ulnaris, in the depression at the proximal border of the pisiform bone
NEEDLE INSERTION:a) 90° insertion, b) 45° insertion; distal or proximal direction
NEEDLE DEPTH:a) 0.3-0.5 cun, b) 0.5-1.0 cun

Shao Fu (HT 8)

TRANSLATION:Lesser Palace
TYPE:Ying-spring, Fire, Horary
LOCATION:On the palm, in the depression between the 4th and 5th metacarpal bones, where the tip of the little finger rests when a fist is made
NEEDLE INSERTION:90° insertion
NEEDLE DEPTH:0.5 cun

Shao Chong (HT 9)

TRANSLATION:Lesser Pouring; Lesser Rushing
TYPE:Jing-well, Wood, Tonification
LOCATION:On the dorsal aspect of the little finger, at the junction of lines drawn along the radial border of the nail and the base of the nail, approximately 0.1 cun from the corner of the nail
NEEDLE INSERTION:90° or 45° insertion directed proximally
NEEDLE DEPTH:0.1-0.2 cun or prick to bleed