ST 16

Acupuncture Point Theory

ST 16 Acupuncture Point Applications and Theory

The acupuncture point "ST 16" , 膺窗, is represented by "Yingchuang" in pinyin and "Breast Window" in english and may be found:

4 cun lateral to the AML in the 3rd ICS.

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

  • Chest tightness a/or pain, asthma, cough.
  • Breast pain, abscess, mastitis.
  • Swelling of the lips (with LV 3).

ST 16 has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).

No Deep Needling (NDN)
Oblique insertion only.

A single acupuncture point is not commonly thought of as an empirical way to influence a TCM diagnostic pattern. ST16, however, is a strong candidate to be incorporated into an acupuncture protocol for patients who exhibit: Liver Qi Stagnation

ST 16 may potentially be used, in coordination with a well designed acupuncture treatment protocol, to influence the following conditions: Asthma, Breast Distention, Cough, Lung Problems and/or Mastitis

While not necessarily valid clinically, CV 18 ( Local point for chest issues - pain, cough, a…), KD 24 (Local Point, generally useful for cough, chest te…) and SP 19 (Aids the descent of lung qi - cough. Regulate lu…) are nearby.

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