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Huaroumen ST-24 Acupuncture Point

Huaroumen ST-24

Chinese: 滑肉门

Pinyin: Huá Ròu Mén

Location

1 cun above the umbilicus and 2 cun lateral to the anterior midline. 

How to locate

There are 8 cun between the sternocostal angle and the center of the umbilicus. Huaroumen ST-24 is 7 cun below the sternocostal angle and 1 cun above the umbilicus. It is also 2 cun lateral to the anterior midline.

Main actions

  1. Calms the Mind
  2. Harmonizes the Middle Burner

Needling

Vertically 0.5–1 cun.

Caution: Peritoneum, pregnancy

Commentary for Huaroumen ST-24

Huaroumen ST-24 is similar to Taiyi ST-23, which is just 1 cun above. 

Its main function is to calm the Mind and ease emotional problems. 

Most importantly, this point can be stimulated to resolve Phlegm, which is often the result of Spleen dysfunction. Several Stomach Channel points can assist the Spleen in transforming Dampness or Phlegm. If not solved, the Phlegm (often with Heat) rises and mists the Heart, as a result it lead to symptoms such as depression, agitation or mad walking. 

Also, the Heart opens to the tongue. Therefore the tongue movement could be out of control when Phlegm-Heat mists the Heart. The tongue repeatedly thrust out of the mouth like a snake's tongue. 

Furthermore, Taiyi ST-23 harmonizes the Middle Burner such as the Stomach or epigastrium.