ST 6

Acupuncture Point Theory

ST 6 Acupuncture Point Applications and Theory

The acupuncture point "ST 6" , 頰車, is represented by "Jiache" in pinyin and "Jawbone" in english and may be found:

One finger width anterior and superior to the angle of the mandible at the belly of the masseter muscle with teeth clenched.


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

  • Eliminate wind from the face - TMJ, toothache, Bell's palsy, twitching, facial pain/paralysis.
  • Loss of voice, deviation of mouth/face, lockjaw.


St 6 has the following theoretical associations which serve as important guideposts in designing an effective treatment protocol:

Explore st 6 functional grouping theory - Ghost Point.

A single acupuncture point is not commonly thought of as an empirical way to influence a TCM diagnostic pattern. ST6, however, is a strong candidate to be incorporated into an acupuncture protocol for patients who exhibit: Liver Wind

ST 6 may potentially be used, in coordination with a well designed acupuncture treatment protocol, to influence the following conditions: Bells Palsy, Facial Pain, Lockjaw, Stroke (CVA), Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ), Toothache and/or Vocal Problems

While not necessarily valid clinically, EX Yi Ming (Sleep issues - insomnia, dream-disturbed sleep.Ey…), GB 12 (Dispel exterior & interior wind from the head - t…), 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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