Acupuncture Points Notebook

Location Guides:

: Ruzhong : Middle of the breast

St-17 : Foot Yangming Stomach 17

At the centre of the nipple, in the fourth intercostal space, 4 cun lateral to the midline.

Reference point only

This point is contraindicated to both needling and moxibustion, and is used simple as a reference point

TCM Actions:
None. Reference point only.

Superficial Innervation: Cutaneous branches of thoracic nerves from T5
Dermatome Segment: T5

In contradiction to the general rule of avoiding treatment at this point Ge Hong (4th century) advises burning three cones of moxa on each nipple along with seven on the clump of hair at the base of the big toe for Dian Kuang with falling fits and manic frenzy (Strickmann, M, 2002, Chinese Magical Medicine, p. 240, Stanford University Press).


Piercing increases the sensitivity and size of the nipple and can reverse inversion of the nipple.
Sometimes pierced in tribal cultures including the Karakawa indians of Texas and the women of the nomadic Kabyle tribe of Algeria.

In Europe piercing the nipple has been recorded as a fashion statement dating back to the 14th century when necklines dropped so low the nipples were showing and jewellery would be worn for fashion.
This died out and nipple piercing enjoyed a brief resurgence of interest among society women in the 1890s as a sexual enhancement before disappearing again and arriving more openly in the 1970s among the gay BDSM cultures before becoming popularised by several celebrities enabling it to enter the mainstream (Morrison, 1998: Piercing History, Painful Pleasures)


Lad and Durve (2008) in Marma Points of Ayurveda call this point Stanya or Chuchuka and associate it with the doshas: Vyana Vayu, Apana Vayu, Prana Vayu and Avalambaka Kapha.

They give the following functions:
- Regulates lactation
- Stimulates uterine contractions during childbirth

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