( SP-17 Food Cavity SHIDOU - Acupuncture Points ) In the 5th intercostal space, 6 cun lateral to the anterior midline (in male patients, 2 cun lateral to the nipple).
How to find
In men, the nipple is generally located on the level of the 4th intercostal space, while in women, when in a supine position, it is not always at this level. Locate SP-17 in the 5th intercostal space, 2 cun lateral to the mamillary line (note that the intercostal space laterally curves upward). Both the clavicle and the manubriosternal synchondrosis are good reference points for locating the 5th intercostal space. SP-17 can be located by following the course of the intercostal space in a lateral direction and measuring 2 cun lateral to the mamillary line. Also located on the level of the 5th intercostal space are ➞Ren-16 (anterior midline), ➞ KID-22 (2 cun lateral to the anterior midline) and ➞ ST-18 (4 cun lateral to the anterior midline).
0.5–0.8 cun obliquely or transversely (subcutaneously), parallel to the intercostal space or with or against the channel pathway.
● Regulates the Qi
● Harmonises the Stomach and eliminates stagnation
● Drains Dampness
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