Shentang BL44: Nomenclature, Location, Functions, Indications

The heart houses the mind. Shentang  is at the level of Xinshu (BL15), like a hall in which the mind housed.
Shentang-BL44

Nomenclature:

Shen: mid            Tang: hall
The heart houses the mind. Shentang is at the level of Xinshu (BL15), like a hall in which the mind housed.
Point: BL44
Chinese Name: 神堂
Name: Shentang
English Name/Meaning: Hall of the Spirit
Pinyin: shén táng
Han Geul 한글: sin dang 신당
Romaji: shin dō?
Vietnamese:Thần đường

Location:

3 cun lateral to Shendao (GV 11), at the level of the lower border of the spinous process of the fifth thoracic vertebra, on the spinal border of the scapula.

Functions of Shentang:

  • Relaxes the chest and regulates the Qi.
  • Relaxes the sinew and invigorates the collaterals.
  • Calms the shen (spirit).

Indications:

  • Asthma, cardiac pain, stuffy chest, cough, stiffness, and pain of the neck.
  • Depression, Insomnia, Anxiety, Sadness, distress, concern.

Method:

Oblique insertion towards lateral 0.3 to 0.5 cun.

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.