PCOM: Points and Channels 1 - stomach channel point locations, categories, and functions ST-1 to ST-12

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location of ST-1

with patient looking straight forward, directly below the pupil between the eyeball and infraorbital ridge

location of ST-2

patient looking straight forward, 1 cun below the pupil in the depression of the infraorbital foramen

location of ST-3

directly below the pupil at the level of the lower border of the ala nasi, on the lateral side of the naso-labial groove

location of ST-4

lateral to the corner of the mouth, directly below the pupil

location of ST-5

in the depression on the jaw, at the anterior border of the masseter, anterior to the mandibular angle

location of ST-6

in the prominence of the masseter, approximately 1 finger breadth anterior and superior to the angle of the mandible

location of ST-7

anterior to the ear in the depression between the zygomatic arch and the mandibular notch, anterior to the condyloid process

location of ST-8

lateral side of the head, 0.5 cun above the hairline at the corner of the forehead, 4.5 cun lateral to the midline (on the line extending 45 degrees from the end of the eyebrow)

location of ST-9

on the anterior border of the SCM, level with the Adam's Apple

location of ST-10

midpoint of the line between ST-9 and ST-11 on the anterior border of the SCM

location of of ST-11

superior border of the sternal end of the clavicle between the sternal and clavicular head of the SCM

location of ST-12

midpoint of the supraclavicular fossa, 4 cun lateral to the midline, on the mammilary line

special categories of ST-1

meeting point of Yang Qiao Mai and Ren Mai with ST

functions of ST-1

benefits the eyes and stops lacrimation; eliminates wind and clears heat

distinctive functions of ST-1

benefits the eyes and stops lacrimation

special categories of ST-2

none

functions of ST-2

eliminates wind and clears heat; benefits the eyes

distinctive functions of ST-2

benefits the eyes

special categories of ST-3

meeting point of Yang Qiao Mai and ST

functions of ST-3

eliminates wind; dissipates swelling; alleviates pain

distinctive functions of ST-3

eliminates wind (facial paralysis, Bell's Palsy, stroke) - treat with e-stim

special categories of ST-4

meeting point of ST and LI with Yang Qiao Mai and Ren Mai

functions of ST-4

eliminates wind from face; activates the channel and alleviates pain

distinctive functions of ST-4

eliminates wind from face (deviation of the mouth, stroke) - treat with e-stim

special categories of ST-5

none

functions of ST-5

eliminates wind; reduces swelling

distinctive functions of ST-5

eliminates wind; reduces swelling (TMJ, trismus, facial paralysis)

special categories of ST-6

ghost point

functions of ST-6

eliminates wind; benefits the jaw and teeth; activate the channel and alleviates pain; clears heat and calms Shen

distinctive function of ST-6

eliminates wind; benefits the jaw and teeth (TMJ, trismus, facial paralysis); clears heat and calms the Shen (Ghost point)

special categories of ST-7

meeting point of ST and GB

functions of ST-7

benefits the ears, jaw, and teeth; activates the channel and alleviates pain

distinctive functions of ST-7

benefits the ears, jaw, and teeth

special categories of ST-8

meeting point of ST, GB with Yang Qiao Mai

functions of ST-8

eliminates wind and alleviates pain; benefits the eyes; clears the head and calms the shen/xin - helps the clear yang rise

distinctive functions of ST-8

eliminates wind and alleviates pain; benefits the eyes; clears the head and calms the shen/xin - helps the clear yang rise

special categories of ST-9

meeting point of ST and GB; window of heaven point; point of Sea of Qi

functions of ST-9

regulates qi and xue and lowers rebellion; benefits the throat and neck; alleviates pain

distinctive functions of ST-9

regulates qi and Xue (Sea of Qi Point) and lowers rebellion (window of heaven point); benefits the throat and neck (local point)

special categories of ST-10

none

functions of ST-10

benefits throat and neck; descends lung qi

distinctive functions of ST-10

benefits throat and neck; descends lung qi (sore throat, asthma, cough - local point)

special categories of ST-11

none

functions of ST-11

benefits throat and neck; descends qi

distinctive functions of ST-11

benefits throat and neck; descends qi

special categories of ST-12

meeting point of ST, LI, SI, SJ, and GB channels - meeting point of yang channels (except UB - via the lumbar spine)

functions of ST-12

descends lung qi and clears heat from chest; activates the channel and alleviates pain

distinctive functions of ST-12

descends lung qi and clears heat from the chest

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