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English: Calf's Nose
Also Known As: Calf Nose
External Knee Eye
Eyes of the Knee
  • With the knee flexed (to 90 degrees), in the depression below the patella and medial or lateral to the patellar ligament.
  • With the knee flexed, In the depression formed by the lateral foramen of the patella.
  • When the knee is flexed, the point is at the lower border of the patella, in the depression lateral to the patellar ligament.
  • With the knee flexed, this point can be found below the knee cap in the hollow on either side of the patellar tendon.
  • Puncture perpendicularly 0.7 to 1 cun.
  • Moxibustion is applicable.
  • Straight insertion, pointed medially or laterally, 1.5 to 2 cun. Sensation: local distention, possibly extending downward.
  • Slanted insertion, through the patellar tendon joining the first eye to the second, 2 to 2.5 cun. Sensation: local distention and soreness.
  • Perpendicular insertion, directed toward UB-40 Weizhong, 1 to 2 cun.
  • Oblique insertion in a medial superior direction behind the patella 1 to 2 cun.
  • Behind the patellar ligament to join with MN-LE-16 Xiyan.
  • Removes obstruction from the channels
  • Invigorates the channel
  • Relieves swelling
  • Stops pain
  • Dispels Wind-Damp
  • Pain, swelling and numbness of the knee
  • Difficulty rising from a kneeling position
  • Numbness and motor impairment of the knee
  • Rheumatic pains of the knee joint
  • Knee joint arthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Diseases of the knee and surrounding soft tissue
  • Gout
  • Difficulty flexing and extending the knee
  • Beriberi
  • Foot Qi
  • Leg Qi
  • Swelling of the leg due to Dampness
  • Hydrathorosis
  • Paralysis of the lower limb
  • Painful obstruction of the knee
  • Stiffness of the knee
  • Inflammation of the knee and surrounding tissue
  • Atrophy disorder (Wei syndrome) of the lower limb
  • Weakness of the knee joint
  • Numbness of the lower limb





Arthritis of the knee

Moxa for disorders of the the knee and below the knee

Numbness of the knee

  • This point is also listed as MN-LE-16.
  • This point is essential in treating all knee disorders whether they be due to Excess of Deficiency, Heat or Cold.
  • This is an important point for treating Bi syndrome of the knee. It is most effective when moxa is used on the needle to expel Dampness and Cold.