0.5–1 cun obliquely towards the spine.
Or 1 to 1.5 cun transversely towards the spine. This method applied more often as it allows the patients to lie in a supine position easily during needling retention.
Fengmen BL-12 is a very important and effective point in expelling Exterior Wind-Cold or Wind-Heat when the Pernicious Factors start to attack the body. With the Reducing Needling method, it is able to treat various common cold symptoms such as blocked nose, sneezing, aversion to cold, fever, body aches and headache.
It can also be used with Tonifying Needling method or cupping to strengthen the Defensive Qi in the space between the skin and muscles, so as to fight off the Exterior Wind. Therefore, the patient is less likely to catch colds.
Furthermore, it stimulates the diffusing and descending of Lung Qi. This function helps to expel Wind and benefits the nose. Typical manifestation is chronic allergic rhinitis with sneezing and profuse clear watery nasal discharge. In this case, it is often used together with other Qi tonifying points such as Feishu BL-13, Zusanli ST-36 and Qihai REN-6.