ST 5

Acupuncture Point Theory

ST 5 Acupuncture Point Applications and Theory

The acupuncture point "ST 5" , 大迎, is represented by "Daying" in pinyin and "Great Reception" in english and may be found:

Anterior to the angle of the mandible on the anterior border of the masseter muscle in a groove-like depression (facial artery groove), with cheeks bulged.


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

  • Local point - Pain a/or swelling of the cheek/jaw, neck pain, lockjaw, toothache.
  • Stiff tongue leading to speech problems, frequent yawning.
  • Inability to close eye.

ST 5 has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).

Avoid Artery (AA)

A single acupuncture point is not commonly thought of as an empirical way to influence a TCM diagnostic pattern. ST5, however, is a strong candidate to be incorporated into an acupuncture protocol for patients who exhibit: Liver Wind

ST 5 may potentially be used, in coordination with a well designed acupuncture treatment protocol, to influence the following conditions: Eye Problems, Facial Pain, Lockjaw and/or Toothache

While not necessarily valid clinically, EX Yi Ming (Sleep issues - insomnia, dream-disturbed sleep.Ey…), SI 16 (Both SI 16 & SI 17 are Window of the Sky Poin…) and SI 17 (Both SI 16 & SI 17 are Window of the Sky Poin…) are nearby.

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