Ermen TE21 : Nomenclature, Location, Function, Indication

Ermen-TE21
Ermen-TE21

Nomenclature:

Er: Ear Men: Door
Ermen is in front of the ear, like a door of the ear.

Point: TE21
Chinese Name: 耳门
Name: Ermen
English Name/Meaning: Ear Gate
Pinyin: ěr mén
Han Geul 한글: i mun 이문
Romaji: ji mon(?)
Vietnamese: Nhĩ môn

Location:

In front of the supratragic notch, in the depression of the posterior border of the condylar process of the mandible when the mouth is open.

Functions:

  • Opens ear (benefits hearing).
  • Disperse heat (otorrhea).

Indication:

  • Ermen is good point for ear disorders like tinnitus, deafness and TMJ (temperomandibular joint) problems.
  • Also for toothache, stiffness in lip.

Method:

Puncture perpendicularly 0.5-1.0 cun with the mouth open.

Precautions:

Many classical sources prohibit moxibustion at this point in cases of discharge of pus from the ear.

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.