Acupuncture Point 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:
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.