Xiangu ST-43 Acupuncture Point

Xiangu ST-43

Chinese: 陷谷

Pinyin: Xiàn Gǔ

Location

In the depression distal to the junction of the 2nd and 3rd metatarsal bones. 

How to locate

Locate Xiangu ST-43 in a depression distal to the metatarsophalangeal joint, by gliding finger from toe to ankle between the 2nd and 3rd metatarsal bones. 

It is more or less on the same level as the junction of the shafts and the heads of the two metatarsal bones.

 

 

Main actions

  1. Removes Obstructions from the Channel
  2. Regulates the Stomach and the Intestines
  3. Regulates the Spleen and resolves Oedema

Needling

Vertically or obliquely 0.5–1 cun

Commentary for Xiangu ST-43

Xiangu ST-43 has various functions. 

First of all, it treats Painful Obstruction Syndrome caused by Wind-Heat invasion, characterized by swelling and pain of the foot dorsum or toes stiffness. 

Secondly, it regulates the Intestines and Stomach. Typical manifestations include abdominal distension, fullness and pain, borborygmi as well as belching. 

Finally, this point regulates the Spleen, thus it removes Oedema, especially on the face.