ST-7 Below the Joint XIAGUAN - Acupuncture Points

| December 26, 2010 | 0 Comments | 3,235 views

Location
ST-7 Below the Joint XIAGUAN - Acupuncture Points ) With the mouth closed, at the lower border of the zygomatic arch (➞3.1.2) in the centre of the depression of the mandibular fossa,between the coronoid process and the condyloid process of the mandible.
How to find
Palpate along the lower border of the zygomatic arch (➞ 3.1.2) towards the ear. ST-7 is located in a clearly palpable depression just before the temporomandibular joint and at the posterior border of the masseter muscle (clench teeth). To confirm: When the patient’s mouth is fully opened, the condyloid process of the lower jaw slides anteriorly and the depression disappears (figure modified after Deadman et al).
G.B.-3 is located directly superior to ST-7, on the upper border of the zygomatic arch.
Needling
Insert the needle with the patient’s mouth closed. 0.3–0.5 cun vertically or 1–1.5 cun transversely (subcutaneously) in the direction of ➞ ST-6, ➞ S.I.-19, ➞ S.I.-18.
Actions/Indications
● Opens the channel, benefits the jaw and teeth, alleviates pain
● Benefits the ears
Special features
Meeting point with the G.B. channel. Important local point and frequently used trigger point.

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