ST 18 Acupuncture Point(Rugen) belongs to the Stomach Meridian of Foot-Yangming,which is commonly used for cough, wheezing, chest pain, oliguria, intercostal neuralgia, mastitis, etc. Oblique puncture 0.3 to 0.5 cun.

ST 18 Acupuncture Point Location

4 cun lateral to the AML in the 5th ICS.

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What is the meaning of Rugen

Rugen:”Ru”, breast,refers to this point is located in the breast, “Gen”,root.The name of “Rugen” means that this point is foundation of breast development. The substance of this point comes from the upper part Qi of Stomach Meridian. Because the meridian water is continuously vaporized,when it reaching this point,There is no water and only spleen soil particles in this point,they can support the muscle tissue (spleen soil) in the upper part of the breast,so it is the foundation of the breast muscles, hence the name.

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ST 18 Acupuncture Point Usage

Mastitis, chest pain, arm swelling and pain, cough, poor milk secretion, breast swelling and pain.


  • Breast enhancement, alleviation and treatment of mastitis, poor milk secretionetc.;
  • Relieve cough, wheezing, hiccups, chest pain, asthma, chronic bronchitis, pleurisy, etc.
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ST 18 Acupuncture Point Therapy

Massage therapy

  • Sitting or lying on your back, using your thumb or index finger, gently pinch the nipple and rub it for 2 minutes until feeling numb and itchy,and then massage ST 18(Rugen) acupoint for 3 minutes,which can relieve poor milk secretionetc if long-term massage it;
  • Use the middle finger and index finger to firmly press ST 18(Rugen) acupoint for 3 to 5 minutes each in the morning and evening. It is helpful for relieving breast pain, mastitis, and poor milk secretionetc if long-term massage it;

Moxibustion therapy

Moxibustion on ST 18(Rugen) acupoint for 10 minutes, once a day, which can treat mastitis and poor milk secretionetc.

Cupping therapy

Cupping ST 18(Rugen) point for 5 to 10 minutes until flushing and hot,once every other day, it can treat breast hyperplasia, chest pain and other diseases.

Gua Sha Therapy

Scrape ST 18(Rugen) acupoint from inside to outside,once every other day, it can treat mastitis.

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ST 18 Acupoint Compatibility

Combined with Ruzhong point to treat poor milk secretionetc;

Combined with Shaoze, Danzhong point to mastitis;

Combined with Dazhui, Jianjing point to intercostal neuralgia;