Acupuncture Points Notebook

Location Guides:

: Daying : Great Welcome

St-5 : Foot Yangming Stomach 5

Trigger point (Travell & Simons, 1998, Trigger Point Manual)

Meeting of Stomach with Gall Bladder Divergent and Liver Divergent

Directly anterior to the angle of the jaw, in a depression at the anterior border of the masseter muscle

Oblique insertion 0.3 - 0.5 cun Transverse insertion to join with such points as Dicang ST-4, Jiache ST-6, etc

Vigorous manipulation is contraindicated to avoid damaging the facial artery and vein

TCM Actions:
Eliminates wind and reduces swelling

TCM Indications:
  • Wind tetany with lockjaw, deviation of the mouth, twitching of the lips, toothache of the lower jaw, frequent yawning, stiffness of the tongue with inability to speak, inability to close the eyes accompanied by pain of the eyes.
  • Swelling of the face and lower cheek, wind obstructing the face leading to swelling, mumps, scrofula, neck pain with chills and fever, aversion to cold.

    Superficial Innervation: Mental nerve, branch of mandibular from trigeminal nerve (CNV3)
    Dermatome Segment: Mandibular branch of trigerminal nerve (CN V3)

    Trigger Point Associations:
    Muscle: Masseter
    Myotome Innervation: Mandibular branch of trigerminal nerve (CN V3)
    Pain Referral Pattern: To lower jaw and molars and possibly to eyebrow
    Indications: Facial myalgia ; Toothache ; Headache ; Tempero-mandibular joint pain

    Location of facial pulse (or slightly anterior, towards chin)Ling Shu


    Ch. 21, On Cold and Heat Diseases, mentions this point and its connection with the Hand Yangming Large Intestine channel in tooth decay. Unschuld (2016) says that if there is an aversion to cold the channel is to be supplemented, if not it is to be drained. Wu & Wu (2010) say it should be drained at this point and the channel purged if the arm experiences aversion to cold.


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


    In Tibetan medicine:
    Moxa point (AMNH, Tibetan Medical Paintings)

    Reference Notes: (click to display)