ST 38 Acupuncture Point(Tiaokou) belongs to the Stomach Meridian of Foot-Yangming,which is commonly used for paralysis of lower limbs, muscle cramps, shoulder and arm pain, abdominal pain, puncture 1 to 1.5 cun straight.
ST 38 Acupuncture Point Location
8 cun below ST 35, one finger width lateral from the anterior border of the tibia.
What is the meaning of Tiaokou
Tiaokou:”Tiao”, Ribbon wood,refers to the wind. “Kou”,the mouth,the channel. The name of “Tiaokou” means that the Qi of this point is the wind-qi. The substance of this acupoint is the wet cloud-qi from ST 37(Shangjuxu). Its volume and affecting area is large.Since the channel of this point is ribbon and narrow,it passes through quickly as if wind pass through tunnel, hence the name.
ST 38 Acupuncture Point Usage
Paralysis of lower limbs, muscle cramps, shoulder and arm pain, abdominal pain.
Clinical:Frozen shoulder, knee arthritis, paralysis of lower limb, stomach pain, enteritis, tonsillitis, etc.
ST 38 Acupuncture Point Therapy
Press and rub ST 38(Tiaokou) vertically with the pad of your thumb for 1 to 3 minutes each time,which can enhance gastrointestinal function, improve blood circulation in lower limbs, relieve knee pain and cold of lower limb if long-term massage it.
ST 38 Acupuncture Point Compatibility
Combined with Jiexi, Qiuxu and Taibai point to treat swelling of knee and femoral and muscle cramps.
Combined with Lidui and Sanyinjiao to treat cold feet.
Combined with Sanli, Chengshan, and Chengjin point to treat inability to stand for long due to foot fever.
Combined with Lieque and Fenglong point to treat Rheumatism, rheumatoid.
Combined with Chengshan point to treat periarthritis of shoulder joint.