Qihu ST-13 Acupuncture Point

Qihu ST-13

Chinese: 气户

Pinyin: Qì Hù

Location

About 4 cun lateral to the anterior midline, below the midpoint of the clavicle. 

How to locate

From the anterior midline, palpate 4 cun along the clavicle to the midpoint. Qihu ST-13 is located at the lower border of the clavicle, while Quepen ST-12 is on the other side of clavicle. 

Main actions

  1. Descends Rebellious Qi
  2. Opens the chest

Needling

0.3–0.5 cun obliquely in a lateral or medial direction or transversely along the channel pathway.

Caution: Pneumothorax, subclavicular artery/vein.

Commentary for Qihu ST-13

Qihu ST-13 is not a major point of the Stomach Channel. Its main function is to descend Rebellious Qi and open the chest, characterized by distention and fullness in the chest or lateral costal region.