Theory

ST 12 - Acupuncture Point - Quepen


ST 12 Names

  • English Name: Empty Basin
  • Pinyin Name: Quepen
  • Chinese Character: 缺盆

Location

  • In the midpoint of the supraclavicular fossa, 4 cun lateral to the anterior midline.
  • For point location tips, read our meridian notes; unsure about "cun" measurements, read what is a cun?.

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ST 12 Clinical Uses

  • Shoulder pain (esp. that radiates to neck).
  • Neck/throat issues - tightness/pain.
  • Cough, counterflow qi, sore, swollen throat (rebellious lung qi).
  • Internal branch of the ST meridian connects here directly from the Stomach, Spleen & Diaphragm - tonify middle warmer.
  • Tong Ren/Tam Healing System: Used to effect the circulation within the subclavian artery.  Useful for bursitis, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, etc. 
  • Falls into the category of Window of the Sky points within the Tam Healing system.


ST 12 Point Associations

None listed.


ST 12 TCM Patterns

This point along with others in a proper point prescription may be used to balance the following TCM Patterns:

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



ST 12 Conditions Treated

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".


Nearby Acupuncture Points

CV 22

  • CV 22  Celestial Chimney
    • All throat/vocal cord disorders - sore/dry throat, hoarseness, swallowing issues, speech issues such as loss of voice, cracked voice.
    • Window of the Sky Point - useful for aphasia.
    • Upper chest Qi/Stagnation issues - asthma, wheezing, pain in the upper chest, tightness, oppression.  

GB 21

  • GB 21  Shoulder Well
    • Local point for occipital headache, tight trapezius muscles and/or neck/shoulder pain.
    • Phlegm related issues of the head and neck - embolic stroke, neck lumps, swollen lymph nodes, tumors.
    • Phlegm related issues of the breast and chest - mastitis, breast abscess, asthma, dyspnea.
    • Stongly influence Qi downward - useful for rebellious Qi, cough.
    • Contraindicated in Pregnancy, useful for difficult labor, retained placenta.
    • Gao Wu felt that balancing GB 21's strong descending action with ST 36's strong centering action is important.
    • Tong Ren/Tam Healing System: Release the neck and shoulders and descend energy.



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