Acupuncture Points Notebook

Location Guides:

: Tiaokou : Lines Opening

St-38 : Foot Yangming Stomach 38

On the lower leg, midway between the tibio-femoral joint line (level with the popliteal crease) and the prominance of the lateral malleolus, one fingerbreadth lateral tot he anterior crest of the tibia.

Perpendicular or oblique insertion 1 - 1.5 cun

TCM Actions:
Expels wind-damp and alleviates pain
Benefits the shoulder

TCM Indications:
  • Atrophy disorder and painful obstruction of the lower limb, damp painful obstruction, numbness, coldness, swelling and pain of the shin, inability to stand for long, swelling of the thigh and knee, heat in the soles of the feet.
  • Pain and stiffness of the shoulder, abdominal pain.

    Superficial Innervation: Lateral cutaneous nerve of the calf from L4 - S1
    Dermatome Segment: L5

    Ling Shu Ch. 19, on the Four Seasonal Qi, recommends this point for disease in the Small Intestine reversing to attack the Intestines and Stomach, combined with Qihai Ren-6 (Unschuld, 2016) or "the Source point of the Chest" (Wu & Wu, 2010), plus points on the Hand Taiyin Lung to supplement and Foot Jueyin Liver to drain.

    Reference Notes: (click to display)