Master Tung’s Points on the Gallbladder Meridian, Fascial Planes, and the Treatment of Lung Disorders
There are several groups of Master Tung’s points closely related to the gallbladder meridian. These include Lateral Three Passes (77.27), Seven Tigers (77.26), Three Weights (77.05 - 77.07), Thigh Nine Miles Three (88.25 - 88.27) and Thigh Three Springs (88.20 - 88.22).
Of the above mentioned group of points Lateral Three Passes, Seven Tigers, and Thigh Nine Miles all have indications for respiratory disorders. The points Thigh Nine Miles Three (88.25, 88.26, 88.27) are indicated for pneumonia, and the Seven Tigers (77.26) treat pleurisy and other lung disorders. The Lateral Three Passes (77.27) are also indicated for a variety of respiratory conditions.
Research by Tom Myers in connective tissue anatomy has demonstrated that muscle groups on the lateral side of the body form an interconnected network of fascia. This network referred to as the Lateral Line (LL) includes the intercostal muscles, lateral abdominal obliques, gluteus muscles, IT band, and peroneal muscles. This grouping of muscles and their fascia provide an anatomical basis for the gallbladder meridian. As the intercostal muscles are included in the Lateral Line, and play a fundamental role in respiratory functions, the LL may help us to understand why some of Tung’s points on the GB meridian are useful for lung conditions.
Research by Helene Langvine has demonstrated that acupuncture stretches the connective tissues. It is possible that needling points that influence the intercostals, may also effect the fascia on the inner surface of the intercostals, which connect directly to the parietal pleura and lungs. While there are also nerve, circulatory, and biochemical changes that occur with acupuncture, the connective tissues and fascial plane models provide an anatomical basis for distal needling actions.
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