ST 11

Acupuncture Point Theory

ST 11 Acupuncture Point Applications and Theory

The acupuncture point "ST 11" , 氣舍, is represented by "Qishe" in pinyin and "Qi Abode" in english and may be found:

At the superior border of the clavicle between the sternal and clavicular heads of the sternocleidomastoideus muscle.


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

  • Local point - sore/swollen throat - counterflow qi, cough, hiccups, reflux.
  • Neck pain - pain, inability to turn neck.
  • Tong Ren/Tam Healing System: Main point to open the circulation of the common carotid artery.  Useful for conditions such as acid reflux, arteriosclerosis, hypertension, kidney cancer, bladder cancer, 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. ST11, however, is a strong candidate to be incorporated into an acupuncture protocol for patients who exhibit: Stomach Rebellious Qi

ST 11 may potentially be used, in coordination with a well designed acupuncture treatment protocol, to influence the following conditions: Acid Reflux Disease (GERD), Hiccups, Hypertension (High Blood Pressure), Neck Pain and/or Sore Throat

While not necessarily valid clinically, CV 22 (All throat/vocal cord disorders - sore/dry throat…), EX Tian Dong (Note:  This point is not a standard acupuncture p…) and KD 27 (Opens & relaxes the chest - asthma, constrict…) are nearby.

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