Acupuncture Points Notebook

Location Guides:

: Liangqiu : Ridge Mound

St-34 : Foot Yangming Stomach 34

Xi-Cleft point

On the thigh, on a line drawn between the lateral border of the patella and the ASIS, in a depression 2 cun proximal to the superior border of the patella.

Perpendicular or oblique insertion 1 - 1.5 cun

TCM Actions:
Activates the channel and alleviates pain
Harmonises the stomach and alleviates pain
Moderates acute conditions

TCM Indications:
  • Swelling and pain of the knee, difficulty in flexing and extending the knee, pain of the knee and leg, crane's knee wind, difficulty in walking, painful obstruction of the shin, cold painful obstruction with numbness, cold of the legs and feet, lumbar pain.
  • Epigastric pain, acid regurgitation, breast abscess, pain and swelling of the breast, 'big fright'.

    Superficial Innervation: Intermediate femoral cutaneous nerve of the thigh from L2 - L4
    Dermatome Segment: L3

    In Mayan medicine:
    Used for pain in the feet and legs (Garcia, Sierra, Balam, 1999: Wind in the Blood)

    In ayurvedic medicine:
    Ani marma point
    Size: 1/2 angula (cun)
    Structure: Tendon
    Effect of Injury: Disability (vaikalyakar marma)
    (Harish Johari, 1996, Ayurvedic Massage, Sanatan Society; Anupama Bhattacharya, n.d. Marma Shastra)

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

    In Thai massage:
    Point along the Itha (left) and Pingala (right) sen lines running from the navel Shenque Ren-8 to this point where it turns to the back of the knee Weizhong Bl-40.
    Also point along the Sahatsarangsi (left) and Tawaree (right) sen lines ascending up the outer leg to the chest and terminating in the eyes Chengqi St-1.
    Indicated for knee pain/injury/arthritis.
    (Salguero & Roylance, 2011, Encyclopedia of Thai Massage)

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