ST 10

Acupuncture Point Theory

ST 10 Acupuncture Point Applications and Theory

The acupuncture point "ST 10" , 水突, is represented by "Shuitu" in pinyin and "Water Prominence" in english and may be found:

Midway between ST 9 and ST 11 at the anterior border of the sternocleidomastoideus muscle.


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

  • Local point - swollen/sore throat, shortness of breath, goitre, scrofula.
  • Tong Ren/Tam Healing System: Used to effect the circulation within the common carotid artery and the vagus nerve.  Useful for issues such as high cholesterol, constipation, cancer of the larynx, etc. 
  • Falls into the category of Window of the Sky points within the Tam Healing system.

A single acupuncture point is not commonly thought of as an empirical way to influence a TCM diagnostic pattern. ST10, however, is a strong candidate to be incorporated into an acupuncture protocol for patients who exhibit: Stomach Rebellious Qi

ST 10 may potentially be used, in coordination with a well designed acupuncture treatment protocol, to influence the following conditions: Constipation, Goiter, Hyperlipidemia and/or Sore Throat

While not necessarily valid clinically, EX Tian Dong (Note:  This point is not a standard acupuncture p…) and LI 17 (Sore throat, loss of voice, sensation of somethin…) are nearby.

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