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English: Central Pivot
Also Known As: Middle Axis
Central Axis
  • On the midline of the back, in the depression below the spinous process of the tenth thoracic vertebra.
  • Perpendicular-oblique superior insertion, 0.5 to 1 cun.
  • Caution: The spinal column lies between 1.25 and 1.75 cun deep to the skin surface, varying according to body build.
  • Slanted insertion, 0.5 to 1 cun.
  • Puncture perpendicularly, 0.5 to 1 cun.
  • Moxibustion is applicable.
  • Benefits the spine
  • Benefits the Middle Jiao
  • Pain and stiffness of the lumbar region and back
  • Abdominal fullness
  • Anorexia
  • Jaundice
  • Amenorrhea
  • Stomach ache
  • Cholecystitis
  • Diminishing vision
  • Pain in the epigastric region
  • Indigestion




  • According to one classical text, moxibustion is contraindicated.
  • This is considered a strength point.