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Stomach 41 (ST 41)

Pinyin Name & English Translation
Jiexi, Dispersing Stream (Ravine Divide)

Location
On the dorsum of the foot, at the midpoint of the transverse crease of the ankle joint, in the depression between the tendons of muscle extensor digitorum longus and hallucis longus, approximately level of the tip of the external malleolus.

Indications
Pain of the ankle joint, muscular atrophy, motor impairment, pain and paralysis of the lower extremities, epilepsy, headache, dizziness and vertigo, abdominal distension, constipation.

Traditional Action
Removes obstructions from the channel, eliminates wind, clears heat, clears the mind, brightens the eyes.

Contraindications


References:

Maciocia, Giovanni.  The Foundations of Chinese Medicine. London: Churchill Livingstone, 1989

O’Connor, John and Bensky, Dan, trans. Acupuncture, A Comprehensive Text. Seattle: Eastland Press, 1981

Xinnong, Cheng, et al. Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion.  Beijing: Foreign Languages Press, 1987.