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Chart showing locations on the Kidney channel (meridian) of arm shaoyin where acupuncture is prohibited during the ninth month of pregnancy, from Ishinpo [Chinese: Yi xin fang] (Remedies at the Heart of Medicine), by the Japanese author Yasuyori Tanba.

Completed in 984 (2nd year of the Eikan era), this is primarily a classified edition of Chinese medical prescriptions of the Jin (265-420) and Tang (618-907) periods, but it also embraces materia medica, acupuncture and moxibustion, yangsheng ('nourishing life'), mineral elixirs, daoyin (therapeutic movement), dietetic therapy, etc. Juan (volume) 22, Renfu maitu yuejingfa (Channel charts of the pregnant woman with monthly prohibitions), Section 1, contains ten acupuncture prohibition charts, one for each month of gestation.

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Heading: Illustration of the Kidney channel (meridian) of arm shaoyin. Labels (names of prohibited points): Yongquan (Gushing Spring); rangu (Blazing Valley); taixi (Great Stream); fuliu (Lingering Longer - variant of fuliu = Returning Current?); yingu (Yin Valley)

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