Names Of Xiangu

ST 43 Acupuncture Point

  • English Name: Sunken Valley
  • Pinyin Name: Xiangu
  • Chinese Character: 陷谷
Meridian Information

Where Is ST 43 ?

ST 43 Location

  • In a depression distal to the junction of the 2nd and 3rd metatarsal bones.
  • For point location tips, read our meridian notes; unsure about "cun" measurements, read what is a cun?.

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What Is ST 43 Used For?

ST 43 Clinical Usages

  • Similar actions to ST 44 but used less often - will clear heat from the channel and organ.
  • Classically noted for clearing facial pain and/or edema / swelling.  May be used for general edema.
  • Abdominal pain, bloating, borborygmus, frequent belching.
  • Local point for pain and/or swelling of the dorsum of the foot. 

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How Is ST 43 Categorized?

ST 43 Acupuncture Point Associations

What Diagnostic Patterns May Use ST 43 ?

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 43 ?

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 43 ?

LV 3 Great Surge

  • Generally, resolves stagnation and tonifies Yin - balancing for all LV pathologies.
  • LV Qi Stagnation / LV Yang Rising - headaches, dizziness, canker sores.
  • Eye issues - blurred vision, red, swollen, painful eyes.
  • Menstrual issues from Deficient Blood, Yin, Qi a/or LV Qi Stagnation - dysmennorrhea, amenorrhea, PMS, breast tenderness.
  • Genital issues - pain/swelling, hernia, impotence, semianl emission.
  • Stagnation in the middle warmer - subcostal tension, chest/flank pain, swellings in the axillary region.
  • Digestive issues from LV attacking ST/SP - nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea w/ undigested food.
  • Calming point - anger, irritability, insomnia, anxiety.
  • With LI 4, four gates treatment - powerfully effects the flow of Qi and Blood in the body.
  • Tong Ren/Tam Healing System: Important point to descend energy in the body, generally used after qi gong exercises, energy healing sessions, etc. Helps to avoid qi gong sickness (or running fire) where energy is stuck in the upper part of the head/body and causes issues such as shortness of breath, psychological issues, headache, etc.

GB 32 Central River

  • Local Point.

SP 4 Yellow Emperor


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  • Excess pathologies of the ST and Intestines - severe abdominal a/or epigastric pain, dysentery, food poisoning.
  • Gynecological and Abdominal issues due to stagnation of Qi and Blood - masses, fibroids, cysts, irregular menstruation.
  • With PC 6 for chest and heart pain, shen disorders, sighing, anxiety, insomnia, nervousness.

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