Zhejin GB23: Nomenclature, Location, Functions, Indications

The "ear" of a cart is the plate protecting its wheel.¬ The muscle on both sides of the flanks are as prominent as the ears of a cart, where Zhejin lies.
Zhejin-GB23

Nomenclature:

Zhe: ear of a cart Jin: muscle
The “ear” of a cart is the plate protecting its wheel. The muscle on both sides of the flanks are as prominent as the ears of a cart, where Zhejin lies.
Point: GB23
Chinese Name: 辄筋
Name: Zhejin
English Name/Meaning: Flank Sinews
Pinyin: zhé jīn
Han Geul 한글: cheop geun 첩근
Romaji: chō kin?
Vietnamese: Triếp cân

Location:

1 cun anterior to Yuanye (GB22), at the level with the nipple, in the 4th intercostal space.

Functions of zhejin:

  • Transforms stagnant liver qi.
  • Stops coughing and moves qi down.

Indications:

  • Digestive problems: nausea, vomiting, abdominal distension, acid regurgitation.
  • Hiccup, cough, dyspnoea, asthma.
  • Hypochondriac pain, fullness or pain on the cheat area, intercostal neuralgia.

Method:

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

Precautions:

Deep or perpendicular needling may induce 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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