Acupuncture Points Notebook

Location Guides:

: Xiangu : Sunken Valley

St-43 : Foot Yangming Stomach 43

Shu-Stream and Wood point

On the dorsum of the foot, between the second and third metatarsal bones, in a depression 1 cun proximal to Neiting St-44.

Perpendicular insertion 0.5 - 1 cun

TCM Actions:
Regulates the spleen and dispels oedema
Regulates and hormonises the stomach and intestines

TCM Indications:
  • Oedema, oedema and swelling of the face, pain and swelling of the eyes.
  • Abdominal pain, abdominal distension and fullness, borborygmus, fullness of the chest and lateral costal region, belching.
  • Fever with absence of sweating, cold shivering with malarial disorders.
  • Swelling and pain of the dorsum of the foot, difficulty in flexing and extending the toes.

    Superficial Innervation: Superficial peroneal nerve from L4 - S1
    Dermatome Segment: L5

    Ling Shu Ch. 19, on the Four Seasonal Qi, advises using the Shu-Stream points, unless the diseases are in the Fu organs, in which case the He-Sea points are chosen.

    Ling Shu Ch. 34, On the Five Disturbances, advises piercing this point with Neiting St-44, Zulingqi GB-41 and Xianxi GB-43 after bleeding stagnant blood in the vessels to remove disturbing Qi in the limbs causing counterflow.

    In Thai massage:
    Acupressure point (Salguero & Roylance, 2011, Encyclopedia of Thai Massage)

    Reference Notes: (click to display)