Heart Channel of Hand Shaoyin – An Introduction

Heart Channel of Hand Shaoyin
Heart Channel of Hand Shaoyin

Heart Channel of Hand Shaoyin 手少阴心经

Originates from the heart and pertains to the Heart System (the tissues where the heart connects with other organs). It then descends through the diaphragm to connect with the small intestine. A branch of the channel separates from the heart system and ascends along the esophagus to connect with the Eye System (tissue where the eyes link with the brain) the straight part of the channel derived from the Heart system runs upward towards the lungs, running downwards and emerging from the axilla.

It follows along the posterior border of the medial aspect of the upper arm and enters the elbow. From there it travels along the posterior border of the medial aspect of the forearm to the pisiform bone of the wrist, and the it enters the palm and travels along the radial side of the little finger to terminate at its tip, where it links with the Small Intestine Channel of hand- Taiyang.

Indications Heart Channel of Hand Shaoyin : Heart and chest diseases, mental illness, and conditions along the pathway of the channel.

 Point No.     Name            Location
 

HT 1

 

Ji Quan 极泉

With the arm abducted, in the centre of axilla, on the pulsation point of the axillary artery.
 

HT 2

 

Qing Ling 青灵

On the medial aspect of upper arm, 3 cun above the transverse cubital crease on the line connecting Jiquan (HT1) and Shaohai (HT3), in the groove medial to the biceps brachii muscle.
 

HT 3

 

Shao Hai 少海

With the elbow flexed, in the centre between the medial end of the transverse cubital crease and the medial epicondyle of the humerus.
 

HT 4

 

Ling Dao 灵道

On the palmer aspect of forearm, on the radial border of the tendon of flexor carpi ulnaris, 1.5 cun above the transverse crease of the wrist.
 

HT 5

 

Tong Li 通里

On the palmer aspect of forearm, on the radial border of the tendon of flexor carpi ulnaris, 1 cun above the transverse crease of the wrist.
 

HT 6

 

Yin Xi 阴郄

On the palmer aspect of forearm, on the radial border of the tendon of flexor carpi ulnaris, 0.5 cun above the transverse crease of the wrist.
 

HT 7

 

Shen Men 神门

On the palmer ulnar end of transverse crease of the wrist, in the depression of the radial side of the tendon of the flexor carpi ulnaris.
 

HT 8

 

Shao Fu 少府

On the palm, between the 4th and 5th metacarpal bones, where the tip of the little finger rests when a fist is made.
 

HT 9

Shao Chong

少冲

On the radial side of the little finger, approximately 0.1 cun from the corner of the nail.

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.