is the third quarter of the zone, extending from GV-22 to GV-21.
THE NATURE OF SCALP ACUPUNCTURE Scalp acupuncture is one of several specialized acupuncture techniques with a specific body location, taking its place alongside ear, nose, hand, foot, and wrist/ankle acupuncture.Although the scalp has numerous traditionally-identified acupuncture points along several of the major meridians (notably the stomach, bladder, gallbladder, triple burner, and governing vessel), modern scalp acupuncture differs from traditional acupuncture therapy.Jiao advocated rapid twirling with penetrating and transverse needling; Fang favored the slight twirling method and oblique needling; while Tang recommended long-duration needle retention with superficial stimulation of the needles, using the lifting and thrusting method.A standard of nomenclature for acupuncture points has been developed (adopted in 1984 and reconfirmed in 1989), indicating 14 therapeutic lines or zones based on a combination of the thoughts of the different schools of scalp acupuncture.In scalp acupuncture, the needles are to be inserted within a thin layer of loose tissue beneath the scalp surface, at a low angle of about 1530 degrees, involving an insertion distance of about 1 cun [the cun is a variable unit of measure based on body size; about one inch for an adult].
Standard acupuncture applied to scalp points usually involves less rapid stimulation or moxibustion as the main stimulation technique.
Dingzhen Zone Zhen (pronounced jun) refers to pillow, and indicates the back of the head.
The Dingzhen zone runs from the top of the head to the back of the head, between GV-20 and GV-17. It governs the spine, the yang aspect of the body (back).
The direction of needling is usually towards the face.
Eding 2 is the second quarter of the zone, extending from GV-24 to GV-22.
As described above, Zhu follows the principal that if the disorder affects the left or right side of the body, then treatment that is intended to affect the head or neck is done on the same side of the zone as the side of the disorder (ipsilateral), but if it is below the neck, then the needle is placed on the opposite side of the zone.