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Dabao (SP 21)


On the lateral side of the chest, on the middle axillary line, in the 6th intercostal space.

  • Pain of the whole body, pain in the chest and hypochondriac region, general aching, weakness
  • Asthma
  • Regulates qi and blood and firms the sinews and joints
  • Unbinds the chest and benefits the lateral costal region

Needle obliquely 0.3-0.5 cun. Perpendicular insertion is not advisable as it may induce pneumothorax.

  • Great Luo (Connecting) Point
  • Some texts locate Dabao (SP 21) in the 6th intercostal space, while others locate it in the 7th intercostal space.
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