ST 4

Acupuncture Point Theory

ST 4 Acupuncture Point Applications and Theory

The acupuncture point "ST 4" , 地倉, is represented by "Dicang" in pinyin and "Earth Granary" in english and may be found:

Directly below the pupil, lateral to the corner of the mouth.


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

  • Facial pain - Bell's palsy, facial paralysis, trigeminal neuralgia, deviation of mouth from stroke, toothache.
  • Inability to close the eye, eye twitching, itching, night blindness.
  • Inability to eat.
  • May be helpful for atrophy and/or movement issues within the legs.


St 4 has the following theoretical associations which serve as important guideposts in designing an effective treatment protocol:

  • Intersection Point of the ST, LI & Yangqiao Meridians.

A single acupuncture point is not commonly thought of as an empirical way to influence a TCM diagnostic pattern. ST4, however, is a strong candidate to be incorporated into an acupuncture protocol for patients who exhibit: Liver Wind

ST 4 may potentially be used, in coordination with a well designed acupuncture treatment protocol, to influence the following conditions: Eating Disorders, Eye Problems, Facial Pain, Leg Pain, Stroke (CVA), Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ), Toothache and/or Trigeminal Neuralgia

While not necessarily valid clinically, CV 24 (Facial pain/paralysis - Bell's palsy, stroke affe…), GV 26 (One of two Command Points (with PC 6) added to th…), LI 19 (Sinus congestion. Nasal polyps, sores. Noseblee…) and LI 20 (Loss of smell or taste, nasal discharge, any nose…) are nearby.

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