ST 41

Acupuncture Point Theory

ST 41 Acupuncture Point Applications and Theory

The acupuncture point "ST 41" , 解谿, is represented by "Jiexi" in pinyin and "Ravine Divide" in english and may be found:

On the midpoint of the transverse crease of the ankle, approximately level with the tip of the external malleolus, in a depression between the tendons of extensor digitorum longs and hallucis longus.


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

  • Opposite end of channel issues (i.e. head/face) - swelling, headache, dizziness / vertigo.
  • Abdominal pain, bloating, constipation.
  • Can aid groundedness and focus - ADD/ADHD, mania, restlessness, palpitations, epilepsy.
  • Local point for ankle issues - sprains, inflammation, motor impairment, foot pain, pain in the 1st and 2nd toes.


St 41 has the following theoretical associations which serve as important guideposts in designing an effective treatment protocol:

Explore st 41 functional grouping theory - Five Shu, 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. ST41, however, is a strong candidate to be incorporated into an acupuncture protocol for patients who exhibit: Phlegm Misting the Heart

ST 41 may potentially be used, in coordination with a well designed acupuncture treatment protocol, to influence the following conditions: Abdominal Pain, Ankle Pain, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD - ADD), Constipation, Dizziness (Vertigo), Epilepsy (Seizure), Headache, Manic Depression and/or Palpitations

While not necessarily valid clinically, GB 40 (Local point for issues of the lower limbs a/or an…), LV 4 (Generally, moves stagnation and clears heat - Hep…) and SP 5 (Tonifies the spleen and resolves dampness - letha…) are nearby.

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