SP 21 Acupuncture Point - Da Bao - Spleen Meridian

SP 20 SP 19 SP 18 SP 17 SP 21
  • Chinese Name Dabao
  • English Name Great Embracement
  • Location: On lateral side of the chest and on the mid-axillary line in the 6th inter-costal space. (or) 6 cun below the axilla midway between the axilla and the free end of the 11th rib on mid axillary.
  • Point Associations:
  • Grand Luo-Connecting Point - connects all Luo channels
  • Actions & Effects:
  • Mentioned classically that when this point is deficient, all the joints are flaccid, and when excess, pain all over the body.
  • Pain of the thoracic region.
  • Descends lung qi - cough, chest oppression, shortness of breath.
  • Spleen Meridian Points (21):
    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21

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