SP 17

Acupuncture Point Theory

SP 17 Acupuncture Point Applications and Theory

The acupuncture point "SP 17" , 食竇, is represented by "Shidou" in pinyin and "Food Hole" in english and may be found:

6 cun lateral to the anterior midline in the 5th inter-costal space.


Of many possible clinical applications, it may be considered to influence the following issues/symptoms:

  • Promotes smooth spleen qi (digestion), moves water stagnation - fullness of the chest and/or lateral costal region, abdominal distention perhaps with water swelling, belching, vomiting after eating, boborygmus.

SP 17 may potentially be used, in coordination with a well designed acupuncture treatment protocol, to influence the following conditions: Borborygmus, Breast Distention and/or Edema

While not necessarily valid clinically, CV 16 ( Local point for chest and intercostal distent…), GB 22 (Local Point.), GB 23 (Local Point. The Great Compendium indicates GB 23…), KD 22 (Local Point, generally useful for cough, chest te…), LV 14 (Strong effect on the middle and upper warmers - s…) and ST 18 (Any issues with the breasts - mastitis, pain/swel…) are nearby.

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