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DU 14 (GV 14)

Pinyin Name & English Translation
Dashui, Big Vertebrae (Great Hammer)

Location
Below the spinous process of the seventh cervical vertebrae, approximately at the level of the shoulders.

Indications
Neck pain and rigidity, malaria, febrile diseases, epilepsy, afternoon fever, cough, asthma, common cold, back stiffness.

Traditional Action
Clears heat, releases the exterier, expels wind, regulates Nutritive and Defensive Qi, clears the mind, tonifies the yang.

Contraindications


References:

Maciocia, Giovanni.  The Foundations of Chinese Medicine. London: Churchill Livingstone, 1989

OíConnor, John and Bensky, Dan, trans. Acupuncture, A Comprehensive Text. Seattle: Eastland Press, 1981

Xinnong, Cheng, et al. Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion.  Beijing: Foreign Languages Press, 1987.