Shuitu ST-10 Acupuncture Point

Shuitu ST-10

Chinese: 水突

Pinyin: Shuǐ Tū

Location

On the anterior border of sternocleidomastoid muscle, in the middle between Renying ST-9 and Qishe ST-11

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.

Renying ST-9 is 1.5 cun lateral to the anterior midline, on the anterior border of sternocleidomastoid muscle and level with the tip of Adam's apple. 

Qishe ST-11 is on the upper border of the clavicle, between the tendons of the sternal and clavicular heads of the sternocleidomastoid muscle.

Shuitu ST-10 is located at the midpoint of these two points. 

Main actions

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

Needling

0.5–1 cun obliquely in a medial direction, away from the artery.

Caution: Carotid artery, jugular veins. If necessary, 

Commentary for Shuitu ST-10

Shuitu ST-10 is not a major point of the Stomach Channel. Its main function is to benefit the throat and neck as well as descend Lung Qi.