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Research Article

Anatomo-Functional Correlation between Head Zones and Acupuncture Channels and Points: A Comparative Analysis from the Perspective of Neural Therapy

Table 1

Relation of Head Zones with dermatomes in torso and head and neck areas, according to description of clinical cases for each zone. Dermatome varies according to disease aggravation (in bold).

Head zoneRelated dermatomeAreas on face and neck

Heart (H)
lung (L)
H: D1–D3, D4–D9
and cervical
L: D1–D5, D6-D7


Liver (LV)
gallbladder (G)
L: D7–D10 Right side
GB: D7–D9. D6
Frontonasal Vertical occipital
(very common in neck and shoulder pain)

Bowel(a) Until rectum: D9–D12
(b) Rectum: S2–S4

Kidney and ureterD10 to L1No relationship is described

Bladder(a) Overdistension: D11, D12, L1
(b) Membrane and neck: S1, S2–S4
No relationship is described

Sexual organs (2)D10–S4, L5. Excluding L2 to L4 by anatomical gapOccipital (3)

(1) The areas of heart and lung share dermatomes, as well as areas in face, which were unified in this work for practical purposes of analysis. (2) The author shows a different dermatome for each sexual organ: prostate (D10, D11 D12, L5, S1–S3), epididymis and annexes (D11-D12, L1, D11-D12, L1), testis and ovary (D10), cervix and uterus ((a) in contraction: D10–D12, L1, (b) cervical canal and lower portion. S1, S2–S4, L5). They were unified for purposes of analysis. (3) Only described for ovarian and testicular dermatome.

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