Pohu BL42: Nomenclature, Location, Functions, Indications

The lung stores the spirit. Pohu, BL42 is at the level of feishu (BL13), like a door for the Qi of the lung.
Pohu-BL42

Nomenclature:

Po: spirit          Hu: door
The lung stores the spirit. Pohu is at the level of feishu (BL13), like a door for the Qi of the lung.
Point: BL42
Chinese Name: 魄户
Name: Pohu
English Name/Meaning: Door of the Corporeal Soul
Pinyin: pò hù
Han Geul 한글: baek ho 백호
Romaji: haku ko
Vietnamese:Phách hạ

Location:

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

Functions:

  • Opens the lungs and regulates the lung Qi.
  • Calms dyspnoea and suppresses cough.
  • Soothes the corporeal soul.

Indications of Pohu:

Pulmonary tuberculosis, hemoptysis, dry cough, asthma, neck rigidity, pain in the shoulder and back.
Sadness, distress,depression, suicidial thinking.

Method:

Oblique insertion towards lateral 0.3 to 0.5 cun.

Remarks:

Meeting point of bladder and small intestine channel.

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.

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