Dubi ST-35 Acupuncture Point

Dubi ST-35

Chinese: 犊鼻

Pinyin: Dú Bí

Location

In the depression below the patella and lateral to the patellar ligament. 

How to locate

It is recommended to flex the knee slightly for the actual location. 

Dubi ST-35 is located in a depression on the lower lateral border of the patella, in a groove lateral to the patellar ligament. It projects onto the level of the knee joint space and more or less corresponds with the arthroscopic access to the joint.

It is also known as the ‘lateral eye of the knee’ and is part of the extra point Xiyan Ex-LE-5.

Main actions

  1. Removes Obstructions from the Channel
  2. Expels Cold-Damp and ease swelling

Needling

0.5–1 cun slightly obliquely in a medial direction, towards Neixiyan Ex-LE-4 in the medial eye of the knee.

Caution: Knee joint. 

Commentary for Dubi ST-35

Dubi ST-35 is a major point indicated for Painful Obstruction Syndrome, especially due to Damp-Cold invasion. It is always used when there are stiffness, pain, swelling or numbness of the knee.

In this case, moxa is especially recommended together with needling to expels Damp, Cold and Wind. Of course, this method is not recommended if the Painful Obstructions are of Heat features.