Qishe ST-11 Acupuncture Point

Qishe ST-11

Chinese: 气舍

Pinyin: Qì Shě

Location

On the upper border of the clavicle, between the tendons of the sternal and clavicular heads of the sternocleidomastoid muscle.

How to locate

It is easier to identify the point when the patient's head is turned in the opposite direction. Then rotate the head back to a middle position before needling.

Qishe ST-11 is located in a shallow depression, the minor supraclavicular fossa, between the tendons of the sternal and clavicular heads of the sternocleidomastoid muscle.

Main actions

  1. Descends Rebellious Qi
  2. Benefits the throat and neck

Needling

Vertically 0.3–0.5 cun.

Caution: Pneumothorax, jugular veins.

Commentary for Qishe ST-11

Qishe ST-11 is not a major point of the Stomach Channel. Its main function is to descends Rebellious Qi so as to ease symptoms such as dyspnoea, difficult ingestion or hiccup. 

Furthermore, it also benefits the throat and neck.