Zanzhu BL-2 Acupuncture Point

Zanzhu BL-2

Chinese: 攒竹

Pinyin: Zǎn Zhú

Location

On the medial extremity of the eyebrow, or on the supraorbital notch. 

How to locate

First identify Jingming BL-1 which is 0.1 cun superior to the inner canthus. 

Zanzhu BL-2 is directly above BL-1 in a depression at the medial end of the eyebrow. This point is generally pressure-sensitive. 

Main actions

  1. Expels Wind-Heat from the face
  2. Subdues Liver Yang Rising
  3. Benefits the eyes

Needling

0.3–0.5 cun obliquely from lateral to medial or transversely in the direction of the disorder.

Caution: Branches of the frontal nerve, facial nerve, blood vessels!

Commentary for Zanzhu BL-2

Zanzhu BL-2 is a major point for eye disorders regardless being Exterior or Interior origins. 

Firstly, it removes Obstructions from the Channel on the face by expelling Exterior Wind-Heat. Therefore, it is able to treat many eye symptoms such as itching, redness, swelling and pain of the eye as well as twitching of eyelids. Other facial manifestations include epilepsy, excessive lacrimation, facial paralysis and tics as well as trigeminal neuralgia. 

As for the Interior disharmony of the eyes, the Liver plays an important role as it opens to the eyes. For example, Rebellious Liver Qi or Liver Yang Rising can causes persistent headaches behind or around the eyes, floaters in the eyes, red eyes, eyebrow pain or blurred vision. Zanzhu BL-2 is able to subdue this Excess disharmony.