It is important to note that in regards to the physical location of Da Zhu Bl 11, the acupuncture point lies at the level of the ‘Great Vertebrae’ C-7 region. Thus it is in close proximity & lies adjacent to the 14th acupuncture point on the Du Mai (Da Zhui Du 14). Hence, from the Chinese characters used we can see that both acupuncture points Da Zhu Bl 11 & Da Zhui Du 14 share the character ‘Da’ & are both at the level of the largest and most prominent vertebrae C-7.
The character the classical acupuncturists used to depict ‘Zhu’ shows both ‘wood’ & an object of sorts. This relates to the idea a shuttle, as in the ‘shuttle’ of a loom. Thus from this depiction we have two important images, one being the idea of growth, age, experience & adulthood. The other being that of a shuttle or the ‘weaving’ of a shuttle process.
If we now take these two images and combine this with the relationship Da Zhu Bl 11 has to ‘bone’, as it is the hui-meeting point of the bones. We find that the classical Chinese acupuncturists were extremely insightful and genius in many ways, including the manner in which they ‘named’ the acupuncture points. If we observe spongy bone from a cross-sectional perspective we find that the ‘weave-like’ arrangement of the fibres are clearly visible to the naked eye. Furthermore, if we observe bone tissue under a microscope it becomes apparent that the arrangement of the protein fibrils too look like a ‘weave’. Thus, we can see from this the deep understanding the classical acupuncturists possessed & how they have left us an immense fountain of information and knowledge that is open to us to interpret & implement.
It will therefor come as no surprise that in my acupuncture practice I utilise Da Zhu Bl 11 in treating a myriad of bone conditions ranging from fractures that are not healing well to inflammation/degradation at the bone or cartilage level (as cartilage too has the ‘weave’ like structure).
As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.
Giancarlo Nerini – Acupuncturist (Melbourne & Safety Beach)