Point Localization: When a loose fist is made, at the ulnar end of the distal palmar crease proximal to the 5th metacarpal phalangeal joint where the skin changes color.
TCM Actions: Regulates the Du Mai (Governing Vessel). Extinguishes Inner Wind. Expels exterior wind. Benefits tendons. Benefits eyes, nose and ear. Clears the mind. Resolves jaundice. Resolves dampness.
Indications: Epilepsy. Tremors. Headache. Dizziness. Vertigo. Stiff neck. Occipital headache. Torticollis. Difficulty turning the neck. Pain in the upper back, shoulder, scapula and lumbar region. Malaria. Aversion to cold. Fever. Deafness. Tinnitus. Blurred vision. Redness, pain and swelling of the eyes. Nosebleed. Low back pain. Back pain. Depression. Lack of clarity. Jaundice.
Target area: Spine. Occiput.
Point Name and Meaning: Houxi – Back Stream
Acupuncture Meridian: Small Intestine
Categories: Shu (stream). Wood. Tonification. Master point of the Governing Vessel (Du Mai). Coupled point of the Yang Heel Vessel (Yang Qiao Mai).
Unitary Channel: Tai Yang (Greater Yang) [SI + BL]
*Acupuncture points may be used safely for acupressure, but should be used with needles only by acupuncturists or Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) professionals.