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 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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