Acupuncture Points Notebook

Location Guides:

: Yingchuang : Breast Window

St-16 : Foot Yangming Stomach 16

On the chest, in the third intercostal space, 4 cun lateral to the midline (Yutang Ren-18), on the mamillary line.

Transverse-oblique insertion laterally or medially along the intercostal space 0.5 - 0.8 cun, or transverse insertion superiorly or inferiorly along the channel

Deep or perpendicular insertion carries a substantial risk of puncturing the lung

TCM Actions:
Alleviates cough and wheezing
Benefits the breasts

TCM Indications:
  • Cough, fullness of the chest with shortness of breath, restless sleep, fever and chills, swelling of the lips, borborygmus and watery diarrhoea.
  • Breast abscess.

    Superficial Innervation: Cutaneous branches of thoracic nerves from T4
    Dermatome Segment: T4

    In ayurvedic medicine:
    Stanrohia marma point
    Size: 1/2 angula (cun)
    Structure: Muscle
    Effect of Injury: Premature death (kalantarpranahar marma)
    (Harish Johari, 1996, Ayurvedic Massage, Sanatan Society; Anupama Bhattacharya, n.d. Marma Shastra)

    In Thai massage:
    One of a set of acupressure points circling the perimeter of the breast (Salguero & Roylance, 2011, Encyclopedia of Thai Massage)

    Reference Notes: (click to display)