( ST-4 Earth Granary DICANG - Acupuncture Points ) With the patient looking straight ahead, directly below the centre of the pupil and approximately 0.4 cun lateral to the corner of the mouth.
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With the patient looking straight ahead, the first four points of the ST channel are located on a vertical line drawn through the centre of the pupil (pupil line). ST-4 is located at the crossing point of the pupil line and a horizontal line originating at the corner of the mouth. The point is located in the nasolabial groove (➞ 3.1.2), approximately 0.4 cun lateral to the corner of the mouth. Ask the patient to smile in order to make the line more clearly visible.
Obliquely in a lateral direction or vertically 0.3–0.5 cun or penetration method: transversely (subcutaneously) approximately 1.5–2 cun in cases of facial paralysis towards ➞ST-6, for trigeminal neuralgia towards ➞ L.I.-20. Caution: Facial artery/vein.
● Expels Wind (from the face), opens the channel, alleviates pain, relaxes the facial musculature
● Sometimes as distal point for disorders of the leg
Meeting point with the L.I. channel, the ren mai and yang qiao mai (also with the du mai according to some authors). Important local point for neuralgias and pareses affecting the mouth and cheeks.
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