ST-18 Breast Root RUGEN - Acupuncture Points

| December 27, 2010 | 2 Comments | 2,162 views

Location
ST-18 Breast Root RUGEN - Acupuncture Points ) In the 5th intercostal space, on the mamillary line, 4 cun lateral to the anterior midline.
How to find
The mamillary line, a vertical line used for reference, is located 4 cun lateral to the anterior midline (➞3.5). In men, the nipple is generally located on the level of the 4th intercostal space, and ST-18 is located in the intercostal space directly below. The point is often located at the lower border of the pectoralis major muscle; in women, it is often found at the root of the breast. Location help in women: Find the 5th intercostal space by palpating downward from the clavicle or from the manubriosternal synchondrosis (second rib) (➞3.5). Then follow the course of the intercostal space laterally to the mamillary line and there locate ST-18. Note the ascending course of the intercostal spaces!
Located on the same level are ➞ Ren-16 (anterior midline), ➞ KID-22 (2 cun lateral to the anterior midline) and ➞ SP-17 (6 cun lateral to the midline).
Needling
0.5–0.8 cun obliquely or transversely (subcutaneously), parallel to the course of the intercostal space or with or against the channel pathway. Caution: Pneumothorax.
Actions/Indications
● Benefits the breasts, moves the Blood
● Unbinds the chest
● Regulates the Lung Qi
Special features
Important local point

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  1. Jeanine Emmons says:

    I am a breast cancer survivor. i was given a list of Accupressure points for Breast Health, but the explanation of how to find St 18 was very poor. your description of how to find St 18 was very good. Thank you

  2. Toni says:

    Can you give the points and draining and supplementing you would use to treat the breasts for health.

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