Yuanye GB22: Nomenclature, Location, Functions, Indications

Yuanye is at the axilla,on the mid-axillary line when the arm is raised, 3 cun below the axilla, in the 4th intercostal space.
Yuanye-GB22

Nomenclature:

Yuan: deep pond Ye: axilla
The axilla is likened to a deep pond. Yuanye is at the axilla.
Point: GB22
Chinese Name: 渊腋
Name: Yuanye
English Name/Meaning: Armpit Abyss
Pinyin: yuān yè
Han Geul 한글: yeon aek 연액
Romaji: en eki(?)
Vietnamese: Uyển dịch

Location:

On the mid-axillary line when the arm is raised, 3 cun below the axilla, in the 4th intercostal space.

Functions of yuanye:

  • Relax chest and regulates qi.
  • Relax sinew and invigorates channel.

Indications:

  • Swollen and pain at axilla.
  • Shoulder pain and tenderness, frozen shoulder.
  • Hypochondriac pain, fullness or pain on the cheat area, intercostal neuralgia.

Method:

Transverse-oblique insertion along the intercostal space, 0.5 to 1 cun.

Remarks:

Tendino-musculo points.

Precautions:

  • Deep or perpendicular needling may induce a pneumothorax.
  • Do not apply moxibustion.

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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