ST 7

Acupuncture Point Theory

ST 7 Acupuncture Point Applications and Theory

The acupuncture point "ST 7" , 下關, is represented by "Xiaguan" in pinyin and "Below the Joint" in english and may be found:

On the face, anterior to the ear, in a depression between the zygomatic arch and the mandibular notch, with mouth closed.


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

  • TMJ, facial pain, lower jaw toothache.
  • Hearing issues, deafness, tinnitus, ear pain, ear discharge/infections.

A single acupuncture point is not commonly thought of as an empirical way to influence a TCM diagnostic pattern. ST7, however, is a strong candidate to be incorporated into an acupuncture protocol for patients who exhibit: Liver Wind

ST 7 may potentially be used, in coordination with a well designed acupuncture treatment protocol, to influence the following conditions: Deafness (Hearing Loss), Facial Pain, Otitis Media, Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ), Tinnitus and/or Toothache

While not necessarily valid clinically, GB 2 (Ear issues (along with TH 21 & SI 19) - tinnius, …), GB 3 (Local point, usually for headache), SI 19 (Ear problems of any etiology, inflammation, deafn…) and TH 21 (Ear problems of an excess or deficient nature, ti…) are nearby.

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