Names Of Tiaokou

ST 38 Acupuncture Point

  • English Name: Ribbon Opening
  • Pinyin Name: Tiaokou
  • Chinese Character: 條口
Meridian Information

Where Is ST 38 ?

ST 38 Location

  • 8 cun below ST 35, one finger width lateral from the anterior border of the tibia.
  • For point location tips, read our meridian notes; unsure about "cun" measurements, read what is a cun?.

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What Is ST 38 Used For?

ST 38 Clinical Usages

  • Empirical point for shoulder issues - pain, motor control, adhesive capsulitis or "frozen shoulder." 
  • Local point for lower leg issues - pain, atrophy, numbness.

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What Diagnostic Patterns May Use ST 38 ?

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".

What Conditions May Use ST 38 ?

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 ST 38 ?

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  • Strong spirit disorders - anger, cursing, mania.
  • Deficient yang, cold, in the abdomen - shan disorder, hernia, pain a/or retraction of the scrotum.
  • Useful in a detox prescription to assist the cleansing, especially with respect to emotional outbreaks

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  • Local point.
  • Continued muscle atrophy in the presence of adequate nutrition.
  • Promotes urination - difficult urination.
  • Resolves dampness - lower body swelling, ankle, knee.

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  • Acute hepatitis.
  • Pain along the channel, genital region or medial knee.  

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