SP 18

Acupuncture Point Theory

SP 18 Acupuncture Point Applications and Theory

The acupuncture point "SP 18" , 天谿, is represented by "Tianxi" in pinyin and "Celestial Ravine" in english and may be found:

6 cun lateral to the anterior midline in the 4th inter-costal space.


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

  • Descends qi - chest oppression, shortness of breath, cough, hiccup, running piglet disorder.
  • Opens the chest and circulation in the breasts - breast pain, insufficient lactation.

A single acupuncture point is not commonly thought of as an empirical way to influence a TCM diagnostic pattern. SP18, however, is a strong candidate to be incorporated into an acupuncture protocol for patients who exhibit: Liver Qi Stagnation

SP 18 may potentially be used, in coordination with a well designed acupuncture treatment protocol, to influence the following conditions: Breast Distention, Cough, Hiccups, Insufficient Lactation, Running Piglet Disorder and/or Wheezing (Dyspnea)

While not necessarily valid clinically, CV 17 (Main point for tonification of the upper warmer. …), GB 22 (Local Point.), KD 23 (Local Point, generally useful for cough, chest te…), PC 1 (Window of the Sky Point, opens the chest - fullne…) and ST 17 (Never needled or treated, simply a body landmark …) are nearby.

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