ST 8

Acupuncture Point Theory

ST 8 Acupuncture Point Applications and Theory

The acupuncture point "ST 8" , 頭維, is represented by "Touwei" in pinyin and "Head Corner" in english and may be found:

Directly above ST 7, .5 cun within the anterior hairline at the corner of the forehead, 4.5 cun lateral to the midline of the head (GV 24).


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

  • Classically mentioned for "splitting headache; headache w/nausea/vomiting; headache w/eye pain (migraine)" - particularly for frontal headaches.
  • Poor vision, twitching eyelids, eye pain, excessive tearing.
  • Dizziness.
  • Hair loss.

ST 8 has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).

Avoid Moxa (MX)


St 8 has the following theoretical associations which serve as important guideposts in designing an effective treatment protocol:

  • Intersection Point of the ST & GB Meridians.

A single acupuncture point is not commonly thought of as an empirical way to influence a TCM diagnostic pattern. ST8, however, is a strong candidate to be incorporated into an acupuncture protocol for patients who exhibit: Liver Wind and/or Liver Yang Rising

ST 8 may potentially be used, in coordination with a well designed acupuncture treatment protocol, to influence the following conditions: Dizziness (Vertigo), Excessive Lacrimation (Tearing), Eye Problems, Hair Loss (Pattern Baldness), Headache, Migraines and/or Vision Problems

While not necessarily valid clinically, GB 8 (Migraine, one-sided or unilateral headaches and a…), GB 15 (Excessive tearing from internal or external wind …), UB 3 (Local point for headaches, nasal obstruction. Ep…), UB 4 (Local point for headache and/or nasal issues. He…) and UB 6 (Local point generally for headaches and vision is…) are nearby.

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