Zhongshu DU-7

Chinese: 中枢

Pinyin: Zhōng Shū


On the back midline, in the depression below the spinous process of the 10th thoracic vertebra (T10). 

How to locate

Locate the Tufffier's line, which connects the two most superior points on the iliac crest. It generally intersects with the spinous process of the 4th lumbar vertebra (L4).

Then locate the 10th thoracic vertebra by counting up 6. Locate Zhongshu DU-7 below the spinous process of the 10th thoracic vertebra (T10) on the midline. 

Main actions

  1. Tonifies the Middle Burner
  2. Benefits the spine


0.5–1 cun strictly vertically to the skin or obliquely in an inferior direction, with the patient’s back straight or flexed in order to avoid puncturing the spinal canal.

Oblique insertions should only be carried out by experienced practitioners, as in small persons, irrespective of their body weight, the spinal canal may be reached after only 1.25 cun. 

Commentary for Zhongshu DU-7

Zhongshu DU-7 is mainly used to ease pain in waist and back area. 

It also tonifies the Middle Burner so as to treat symptoms such as abdominal fullness with poor appetite, jaundice or amenorrhea.