Futu LI 18 : Nomenclature, Location, Function, Indication



Fu: side Tu: prominence
Tu refers to the laryngeal prominence. Futu is beside the Adam’s Apple.
Point Name: LI-18
Chinese Name: 扶突
English Name/ Meaning: Support the Prominence
Pinyin: fú tū
Han Geul 한글: bu dol 부돌
Romaji: fu totsu(?)
Vietnamese: Phù đột

Location :

On the lateral side of the neck, level with the tip of the laryngeal prominence, between the sternal and clavicular heads of the sternocleidomastoid muscle.

Functions and indications  of futu:

  • Benefits/disinhibits the throat so is beneficial for various disorders in throat region like throat pain, tonsilitis, scrofula and goiter; thyroid problems, Hiccups.
  • Eliminates phlegm lodged in channel : scrofula and goiter.
  • Acupuncture anesthesia – surgery for thyroid or chest.

Method :

  • Perpendicular insertion 0.3 to 0.5 cun.
  • Oblique insertion 0.5 to 0.8 cun.

Remarks :

  • Window of Heaven point.
  • Often used when swallowing is difficult, for example after a stroke.

Precautions :

Deeper needling may puncture the carotid artery or jugular vein.

Dr. Ishwar Gyawali

Dr. Ishwar Gyawali is Consultant Acupuncturist and Ayurveda Physician from Kathmandu, Nepal. He had completed BAMS (Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine and Surgery), a five and half year course on Ayurveda Medicine from Kirtipur Campus affiliated to Tribhuvan University ,Institute Of Medicine, Nepal under scholarship in 2011. He had completed his MD in TCM from Nanjing University Of Chinese Medicine in 2016 under scholarship of Ministry of Education, Nepal. With an experience of Serving for Government of Nepal for 2 years and private practise for more than 5 years, he has sound knowledge in Ayurveda as well as Chinese Medicine. He is a registered Doctor in NAMC (Nepal Ayurveda Medical Council ) both as a physician as well as TCM/Acupuncture Specialist.

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