Dazhu BL11: Nomenclature, Location, Functions, Indications

The first thoracic vertebra is bigger, the spinous process is like a shuttle, and Dazhu is lateral to it.
Dazhu-BL11

Nomenclature:

Da: big Zhu:shuttle
The first thoracic vertebra is bigger, the spinous process is like a shuttle, and Dazhu is lateral to it.
Point: BL11
Chinese Name: 大杼
Name: Dazhu
English Name/Meaning: Great Shuttle
Pinyin: dà zhù
Han Geul 한글: dae jeo 대저
Romaji: dai jo
Vietnamese:Đại trữ

Location:

1.5 cun lateral to Taodao (GV13), at the level of the lower border of the spinous process of the first thoracic vertebrae.

Functions of Dazhu:

  • Dispels wind pathogens.
  • Resolves external heat.
  • Relaxes sinews and vessels.
  • Regulates bones and joints.
  • Supplements the blood.

Indications:

  • Exterior syndromes like fever,aversion to cold, low immunity, wind invasion, cold, flu, cough, bronchitis, pneumonia.
  • Local problems: upper back pain, neck pain, spine and lumbar pain, pain and soreness in scapular region.

Method:

Oblique insertion towards the spine, 0.5 to 1 cun.

Remarks:

  • Influential Point of Bone (Hui-meeting point).
  • Meeting pt of the BL, SI, SJ and GB and the GV channel
  • Sea point.

Precautions:

Deep perpendicular or needling in a wrong direction carries a substantial risk of causing a pneumothorax.

Dr. Ishwar Gyawali

Dr. Ishwar Gyawali is Consultant Acupuncturist and Ayurveda Physician from Kathmandu, Nepal. He had completed BAMS (Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine and Surgery), a five and half year course on Ayurveda Medicine from Kirtipur Campus affiliated to Tribhuvan University ,Institute Of Medicine, Nepal under scholarship in 2011. He had completed his MD in TCM from Nanjing University Of Chinese Medicine in 2016 under scholarship of Ministry of Education, Nepal. With an experience of Serving for Government of Nepal for 2 years and private practise for more than 5 years, he has sound knowledge in Ayurveda as well as Chinese Medicine. He is a registered Doctor in NAMC (Nepal Ayurveda Medical Council ) both as a physician as well as TCM/Acupuncture Specialist.