ST 37

Acupuncture Point Theory

ST 37 Acupuncture Point Applications and Theory

The acupuncture point "ST 37" , 上巨虛, is represented by "Shangjuxu" in pinyin and "Upper Great Hollow" in english and may be found:

6 cun below ST 35, one finger width lateral from the anterior border of the tibia.


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

  • Generally for excess and more acute disorders of the intestines and digestive system involving dampness and/or heat - diarrhea, dysentary, boborygmus, abdominal pain, bloating, distention, constipation.
  • Sea of Blood Point - if excess the patient may have feelings of largeness, whereas, if deficient the patient may feel small.


St 37 has the following theoretical associations which serve as important guideposts in designing an effective treatment protocol:

Explore st 37 functional groupings theory - Four Seas and/or Lower He Sea, or read all point categories and related theory.

A single acupuncture point is not commonly thought of as an empirical way to influence a TCM diagnostic pattern. ST37, however, is a strong candidate to be incorporated into an acupuncture protocol for patients who exhibit: Blood Stagnation, Spleen Blood Deficiency, Stomach Fire and/or Stomach Food Stagnation

ST 37 may potentially be used, in coordination with a well designed acupuncture treatment protocol, to influence the following conditions: Abdominal Pain, Borborygmus, Constipation, Diarrhea, Dysentary and/or Leukemia

While not necessarily valid clinically, GB 35 (Local Point. ), GB 36 (Mentioned in the Bronze Man for treating rabies w…), LV 6 (Acute hepatitis. Pain along the channel, genital…) and SP 8 (Xi Cleft Point - acute and painful menstrual issu…) are nearby.

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