Acupuncture Points Notebook

Location Guides:

: Qishe : Abode of Qi

St-11 : Foot Yangming Stomach 11

At the root of the neck, superior to the medial end of the clavicle, directly below Renying ST-9, in the depression between the sternal and clavicular heads of the sternocleidemastoid muscle.

Perpendicular insertion 0.3 - 0.5 cun

Deep insertion may puncture the lung

TCM Actions:
Benefits the throat and neck and descends qi

TCM Indications:
  • Swelling and pain of the throat, scrofula, goitre, stiffness of the neck with inability to turn the head.
  • Dyspnoea, difficult ingestion, hiccup.

    Superficial Innervation: Transverse cervical nerve (C2 - C3)
    Dermatome Segment: C2, C3

    This point would also be on the upper trajectory of the Chong mai in Jeffrey Yuen's descriptions (Yuen, 2005, The Extraordinary Vessels).


    In ayurvedic medicine:
    Neel dhamni marma point
    (Harish Johari, 1996, Ayurvedic Massage, Sanatan Society)

    Lad and Durve (2008) in Marma Points of Ayurveda call this point Akshaka and associate it with the doshas: Prana Vayu, Udana Vayu, Vyana Vayu, Ranajaka Pitta, Sadhaka Pitta and Alochaka Pitta.

    They give the following functions:
    - Regulates cardiac functions
    - Calms respiratory distress
    - Enhances cervical lymphatic circulation
    - Regulates the functions of liver and spleen
    - Improves health of the eyes, benefits vision


    In Thai massage:
    Acupressure point along the Lawusang (left) and Ulanga (right) sen lines running from the navel Shenque Ren-8 through the nipple Ruzhong St-17 up the side of the neck and terminating at temperomandibular joint Xiaguan St-7.
    Indicated for asthma, breathing difficulties, lung and respiratory ailments.
    (Salguero & Roylance, 2011, Encyclopedia of Thai Massage)

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