(309) Fu Ke (11.24) + Huan Chao (11.06)

Started by HB KIM, Nov 16, 2010, 01:42 AM

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In Master Tung style acupuncture, the most popular points for gynecological disorders are Fu Ke (11.24 - women department), Huan Chao (11.06 - return to the nest), and Jie Mei (88.04 - sister one, 88.05 - sister two, 88.06 - sister three).  The first two points, Fu Ke and Huan Chao, are used widely and effectively for women's disease as a Dui-Xue (Point pair).  Since the Jie Mei (88.04,05,06) points are located on the thigh area, which is not always easily accessible, the Fu Ke (11.24) + Huan Chao (11.06) combination is often more appropriate for many situations since they are easily located on the fingers.

FU KE  (11.24) - Women department

Location: There are 2 points in all. The patient is supine. Locate these points by first making a line 3 fen to the ulnar side from the dorsal midline of the proximal phalanx of the thumb. Then, measuring 3 fen and 6 fen distally from the metacarpal-phalangeal joint. This is the reaction area of the uterus.

Indications: Inflammation of the uterus, pain of the uterus, uterine tumor, lower abdominal distension, infertility after being married a number of years, menstrual irregularity, menstrual pain, excessive or scanty menstruation.

Functions: Fu Ke (11.24) is located close to the LU channel.  Using the Hand Tai Yin and Foot Tai Yang relationship, this point can treat the uterus and bladder area. In the Shang Han Lun formula, Tao He Cheng Qi Tang (Peach Pit Decoction to Order the Qi) indicates Blood accumulation in the UB and treats gynecological disease. This is similar to the action of Fu Ke (11.24).

HUAN CHAO (11.06) - Return to the Nest

Location: The patient is supine. Locate the point by measuring 5 fen to the ulnar side of the median line of the palm side in the middle of the middle phalanx of the ring finger. This is the reaction area of the liver and kidney.

Indications: Uterine pain, uterine cancer, uterine inflammation, menstrual irregularity, red and white abnormal vaginal discharge, non-free flow of the fallopian tubes, retroversion of the uterus (indicated by back pain), frequent urination, swelling of the yin gate, i.e. vaginal orifice, calms the fetus.

Functions: Huan Chao (11.06) is located very close to the SJ channel, so it can benefit the triple burner.  Using the Hand Shao Yang and Foot Shao Yin relationship, this point is therefore also related to the Kidney. Master Tung also indicated that all points on the ring finger are related to Liver function. In summary, this point can treat gynecological disease by tonifying the Liver and Kidney and benefiting the Triple burner.


When using the combination of Fu Ke (11.24) + Huan Chao (11.06), it is important to combine these two points on two different hands.  They are not used on the same hand together.  For example, if you use Fu Ke on the left hand, Huan Chao must be used on right hand, and vice versa.  While Fu Ke (11.24) focuses on the uterus, Huan Chao (11.06) focuses on the fallopian tubes and ovaries. The application of these two points in combination is very broad. A few examples are listed below.

For uterine pain or uterine inflammation, add Men Jin (66.05 - door metal). This point is located a little higher than ST43, close to junction of the 2nd and 3rd metatarsal bones. While the Fu Ke + Huan Chao combination treats the root problem, Men Jin is more effective for analgesic action.

For blockage of the fallopian tubes, add Mu Fu (66.02 - wood woman). This point is located on the second toe by measuring 3 fen lateral from the middle of the center phalanx, a little higher than ST45.

For swelling of the external genitalia, add LV2. Bleeding technique can be applied between the medial malleolus and SP6.

For vaginitis, add Hai Bao (66.01 - sea seal). This point is located between SP1 and SP2, on the center of the phalangeal joint on the medial side of the large toe. For trichomonas vaginitis,  Ku Shen (Rx. Sophorae) 30g, She Chuang Zi (Fr. Cnidii) 30g, Bai Bu (Rx. Stemonae) 15g, and Huang Lian (Rz. Coptidis) 9g can be decocted and used as a external wash.