ST 43

Acupuncture Point Theory

ST 43 Acupuncture Point Applications and Theory

The acupuncture point "ST 43" , 陷谷, is represented by "Xiangu" in pinyin and "Sunken Valley" in english and may be found:

In a depression distal to the junction of the 2nd and 3rd metatarsal bones.


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

  • Similar actions to ST 44 but used less often - will clear heat from the channel and organ.
  • Classically noted for clearing facial pain and/or edema / swelling.  May be used for general edema.
  • Abdominal pain, bloating, borborygmus, frequent belching.
  • Local point for pain and/or swelling of the dorsum of the foot. 


St 43 has the following theoretical associations which serve as important guideposts in designing an effective treatment protocol:

Explore st 43 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. ST43, however, is a strong candidate to be incorporated into an acupuncture protocol for patients who exhibit: Stomach Fire

ST 43 may potentially be used, in coordination with a well designed acupuncture treatment protocol, to influence the following conditions: Abdominal Pain, Borborygmus, Edema, Facial Pain and/or Hiccups

While not necessarily valid clinically, GB 32 (Local Point.), LV 3 (Generally, resolves stagnation and tonifies Yin -…) and SP 4 (Excess pathologies of the ST and Intestines - sev…) are nearby.

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