Xiajuxu ST-39 Acupuncture Point

Xiajuxu ST-39

Chinese: 下巨虚

Pinyin: xià jù xū

Location

9 cun below Dubi ST-35, 3 cun below Shangjuxu ST-37, about one finger-breadth lateral to the anterior crest of the tibia. 

How to locate

First locate Dubi ST-35 in the depression below the patella and lateral to the patellar ligament. 

Then locate Jiexi ST-41 in the depression between the tendons of the extensor digitorum longus and the hallucis longus, level with the highest prominence of the lateral malleolus. 

Draw an imaginary line between these two points and locate Tiaokou ST-38 in the midway and one finger-breadth lateral to the anterior crest of the tibia. 

Xiajuxu ST-39 is in a depression 1 cun below ST-38. 

Main actions

  1. Regulates the Small Intestine
  2. Resolves Damp-Heat
  3. Removes Obstructions from the Channel

Needling

Vertically or obliquely 1–1.5 cun

Commentary for Xiajuxu ST-39

As the Lower Sea point of the Small Intestine Channel, Xiajuxu ST-39 can be indicated for any patterns of the Organ. Typical manifestations include lower abdominal pain, diarrhoea, borborygmi and flatulence.

It is widely used to resolve Damp-Heat from the small Intestine, characterized by dark urine and stools with mucus. 

When combined with Shangjuxu ST-37, it is able to treat Painful Obstruction Syndrome of the leg due to Wind-Damp invading the Channel.