Names Of Shidou

SP 17 Acupuncture Point

  • English Name: Food Hole
  • Pinyin Name: Shidou
  • Chinese Character: 食竇
Meridian Information

Where Is SP 17 ?

SP 17 Location

  • 6 cun lateral to the anterior midline in the 5th inter-costal space.
  • For point location tips, read our meridian notes; unsure about "cun" measurements, read what is a cun?.

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What Is SP 17 Used For?

SP 17 Clinical Usages

  • Promotes smooth spleen qi (digestion), moves water stagnation - fullness of the chest and/or lateral costal region, abdominal distention perhaps with water swelling, belching, vomiting after eating, boborygmus.

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What Conditions May Use SP 17 ?

This point along with others in a proper point prescription may be used to balance the following Conditions / Symptoms:

For more on this, read "What Does Acupuncture Treat?" and "Point Prescription Guidelines".

What Points Are Near SP 17 ?

ST 18 Breast Root


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  • Any issues with the breasts - mastitis, pain/swelling, insufficient lactation.
  • Chest tightness/oppression, asthma, cough.

GB 23 Sinew Seat

KD 22 Corridor Walk


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  • Local Point, generally useful for cough, chest tension, constricted breathing

LV 14 Cycle Gate

  • Strong effect on the middle and upper warmers - subcostal tension, chest/rib pain, LV overacting on the LU (cough, SOB).
  • Effects LV organ, Qi/Blood stagnation - hepatitis, gallstones.
  • Emotional imbalances - anger, irritability.
  • Running Piglet Disorder.

GB 22 Armpit Abyss

  • Local Point.

CV 16 Center Palace

  • Local point for chest and intercostal distention and pain.
  • Hiccups, nausea, anorexia, difficulty ingesting.  

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