Fufen BL41: Nomenclature, Location, Functions, Indications

The bladder meridian runs downwards bilaterally from the neck. Fufen is at the beginning of the second line attached to the first line.
Fufen-BL41

Nomenclature:

Fu: attached Fen: separation
The bladder meridian runs downwards bilaterally from the neck. Fufen is at the beginning of the second line attached to the first line.
Point: BL41
Chinese Name: 附分
Name: Fufen
English Name/Meaning: Attached Branch
Pinyin: fù fēn
Han Geul 한글: bu bun 부분
Romaji: fu bun(?)
Vietnamese:Phụ phân

Location:

3 cun lateral to the governor meridian, at the level of the lower border of the spinous process of the second thoracic vertebra, on the spinal border of the scapula.

Functions:

Dispels wind and cols, strengthens tendons and invigorates the connecting vessels.

Indications of fufen:

Stiffness and pain of the shoulder, back and neck, numbness of the elbow and arm.

Method:

Oblique insertion towards lateral 0.3 to 0.5 cun.

Remarks:

  • Meeting point of Bladder and Small Intestine channel.
  • Good for cough and cold.

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.