ST-21 Beam Gate LIANGMEN - Acupuncture Points

| December 30, 2010 | 0 Comments | 1,853 views

Location
ST-21 Beam Gate LIANGMEN - Acupuncture Points ) 2 cun lateral to the anterior midline, 4 cun above the umbilicus (or 4 cun below the subcostal angle).
How to find
The distance between the sternocostal angle and the centre of the umbilicus can be divided into 8 cun, which can vary considerably from the patient’s finger cun; therefore, only proportional cun measurements should be used (helpful tool: elastic tape ➞ 2.3.1). Quick method: Find the midpoint between the umbilicus and the sternocostal angle (➞ Ren-12) by using the spreading hands technique (➞ 2.3.3), then measure 2 cun in a lateral direction to locate ST-21. Depending on the shape of the
thorax, this can be located on the lower rib cage.
Located on the same level are ➞ Ren-12 (anterior midline) and ➞ KID-19 (0.5 cun lateral to the anterior midline).
Needling
Vertically 0.5–1 cun. If the correct location projects this point on the lower ribcage, needle transversely on the rib or locate the point more medially (or choose an alternative point). Caution: Peritoneum, enlarged liver (on the right), pregnancy.
Actions/Indications
● Regulates the Qi, harmonises the Middle Burner, eliminates stagnation, raises the Qi and stops diarrhoea
Special features
Important local point for distension and pain in the epigastrium and the lateral abdomen

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