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Upper 2

Upper 2 follows the Pericardium Jueyin Channel and is located 2 cun proximal to the transverse crease of the wrist, in the center on the palmar side of the forearm, between the tendons of m. palmaris longus and m. flexor carpi radialis.

Upper Body Conditions in Region 2

Includes diseases on the front and side of the head, the chest, upper limbs, and more:

  • Head: anterior-temporal headache, trigeminal neuralgia [b], facial paralysis [b], facial spasm [b], temporomandibular disorders [b], molar toothache (aching back teeth), pain of the submandibular lymph nodes
  • Chest: chest pain, stuffiness/stifling sensation in the chest, coronary heart disease[b], arrhythmia [b], asthma, breast distention/pain, mastitis [b], discontinued lactation [b], hypochondriac pain [b]
  • Upper limbs: acroparesthesia, palmar pain [a], finger numbness/pain (palmar side) [a]
  • Other: training injuries with pain in the upper body of Region 2 [b]

WAA Upper

Insert the needle at a 5 to 30-degree angle and slowly push the needle forward subcutaneously for 1.5 cun towards the elbow, parallel to the arm.

If the problem is distal to the point (for example, on the hand or fingers), insert the needle in the opposite direction towards the wrist. In this case, move the insertion point away from the wrist slightly so there's sufficient room to push the needle forward without hurting the joint.

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References for WAA point indications

*Point indication references:

  • Zhang, X. (1991). Wrist and Ankle Acupuncture Therapy (H., Jin, & W., Qiao, Trans.). Journal of Chinese Medicine, 37, 5-14.
  • [a] 张心曙, 凌昌全, 周庆辉 (2002). 实用腕踝针疗法. 人民卫生出版社.
  • [b] 凌昌全,周庆辉,顾伟 (2017). 腕踝针. 上海科学技术出版社.