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Upper 6

Upper 6 follows the Small Intestine Taiyang Channel and is located 2 cun proximal to the transverse crease of the wrist, on the dorsal side of the forearm, 1 cm internal to the border of the ulna on the side of the little finger. Because the head of the ulna is here, move the point a bit proximally to facilitate the needling.

Upper Body Conditions in Region 6

  • Head - posterior: occipital headaches [a]
  • Neck & chest - posterior: posterior cervical, thoracic (and paravertebral [a]) pain
  • Shoulder & upper limbs - posterior: posterior shoulder pain, ulnar frostbite, pinky finger pain [a]
  • Other: training injuries with pain in the upper body of Region 6 [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.