ST 18

Acupuncture Point Theory

ST 18 Acupuncture Point Applications and Theory

The acupuncture point "ST 18" , 乳根, is represented by "Rugen" in pinyin and "Breast Root" in english and may be found:

4 cun lateral to the AML in the 5th ICS.

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

  • Any issues with the breasts - mastitis, pain/swelling, insufficient lactation.
  • Chest tightness/oppression, asthma, cough.

ST 18 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. ST18, however, is a strong candidate to be incorporated into an acupuncture protocol for patients who exhibit: Liver Qi Stagnation

ST 18 may potentially be used, in coordination with a well designed acupuncture treatment protocol, to influence the following conditions: Asthma, Breast Distention, Cough, Insufficient Lactation and/or Mastitis

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…) and SP 17 (Promotes smooth spleen qi (digestion), moves wate…) are nearby.

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