On the distal end of the Stomach channel lies ST43. An amazing point for Yang Mind (frontal) headaches and TMJ syndrome/toothache, as the Stomach channel begins its journey wrapping its way across our jaw. Clinically however, I use this point mostly for upper gastric problems. Next time you feel like you have a bout of acid reflux or heart burn coming on, try firmly pressing this point. Let me know how you get on.
ST 43 Xiangu 陷谷 // Sunken Valley
The Wood point of the Stomach channel, this is often used for Stomach Heat induced by Liver Qi Stagnation – more simply, an internal heat triggered by stress, anger, irritability or frustration causing acid reflux or heart burn. Our emotions really do have a significant impact on our physical health, which is why we believe in Chinese Medicine that the mind and body cannot be separated.
In Nepal, we treated many patients with upper gastric problems. Typically, this point used in combination with other Heat reducing and Liver Qi smoothing points, we were able to see a 80-100% improvement within 2-3 treatments (without any dietary changes!) But it often left patients bearing the root cause of this physical manifestation – their unprocessed emotional state!
Emotions and stress are necessary, and healthy! But it is how our body processes them that we need to rein control over, as each thought and emotion releases a tiny chemical signal in our brain that can often lean to dramatic changes to our physical state and well-being. Acupuncture works by stimulating the CNS and interrupting these destructive patterns, helping to re-establish homeostasis and therefore healthy processing of emotions.
In between treatments, I often recommend some highly effective acupressure points for patients to self-administer and this is one of them. This point is located i a depression distal to the junction of the 2nd and 3rd metatarsal bones. Rest and hold for 3-5 minutes & feel that rebellious Stomach Qi & internal Heat subside 🙂 xx
Photo courtesy: Bob Wong @ArtofAcupuncture