Point of the Week
Bladder 13 can clear heat and stagnation from head and chest
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By Gigi Shames  July 11, 2014 12:00 am

This point, known to acupuncturists as Bladder 13, is located on the back an inch and a half from the spine, at the lower border of the third thoracic vertebra.  Like all points along the Bladder Meridian, it generally treats urinary conditions and pain of the neck and back. This point in particular is excellent for lung conditions such as cough, asthma, and any other type of painful breathing difficulty.  It also can treat night sweating, dryness of the mouth and tongue, and even mania caused by fever. In Acupuncture theory, pain is caused by a stagnation within the Meridians (pathways circulating energy and nourishment throughout the body). The function of this point is to clear heat and stagnation from the head and chest, thus relieving pain.

Note: Remember these vignettes are not medical advice. 

Step one: Have a friend use the thumb or index finger to press firmly and hold the pressure for 10 seconds. 

Step two: Repeat several times per hour or until symptoms lessen. This point can also be used preventively, to avoid developing the symptoms (great for use during cold/allergy season).

Gigi Shames, LAc, Dipl.OM, is a licensed acupuncturist in Cotati.

She can be reached at www.ShamesHealth.com or (415) 388-0456.

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