Names Of Xiaguan

ST 7 Acupuncture Point

  • English Name: Below the Joint
  • Pinyin Name: Xiaguan
  • Chinese Character: 下關
Meridian Information

Where Is ST 7 ?

ST 7 Location

  • On the face, anterior to the ear, in a depression between the zygomatic arch and the mandibular notch, with mouth closed.
  • For point location tips, read our meridian notes; unsure about "cun" measurements, read what is a cun?.

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What Is ST 7 Used For?

ST 7 Clinical Usages

  • TMJ, facial pain, lower jaw toothache.
  • Hearing issues, deafness, tinnitus, ear pain, ear discharge/infections.

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What Diagnostic Patterns May Use ST 7 ?

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 7 ?

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 7 ?

GB 3 Upper Gate

  • Local point, usually for headache

GB 2 Auditory Convergence

  • Ear issues (along with TH 21 & SI 19) - tinnius, otitis media, deafness.
  • Eliminate wind locally - TMJ disorder, facial paralysis, trigeminal neuralgia, toothache

SI 19 Auditory Palace


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  • Ear problems of any etiology, inflammation, deafness, tinnitus, hearing loss.
  • TMJ, toothache.
  • Calms the spirit - manic behavior, epilepsy, sensation of pressure below the heart.  

TH 21 Ear Gate

  • Ear problems of an excess or deficient nature, tinnitus, deafness, earache.
  • TMJ problems, upper jaw toothache, combine with ST 6 & ST 7

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