Chongyang ST 42 : Nomenclature, Location, Function, Indication

Chongyang lies on the dorsum of the foot, in the depression formed by the junction of the 2nd and 3rd metatarsal bones and the cuneiform bones (second and third), 1.5 cun distal to ST41, on the line drawn between ST41 and ST43, at the point where the pulsation of the dorsalis pedis artery may be palpated.
Chongyang – ST 42

Nomenclature:

Chong: important Yang: Yang of Yin-yang
The point is where the chongyang is located (arteria dorsalis pedis).

Point: ST-42
Chinese Name: 冲阳
Name: Chongyang
English Name/Meaning: Rushing Yang
Pinyin: chōng yáng
Han Geul 한글: chung yang 충양
Romaji: shō yō
Vietnamese: Xung dương

Location:

On the dorsum of the foot, in the depression formed by the junction of the 2nd and 3rd metatarsal bones and the cuneiform bones (second and third), 1.5 cun distal to ST41, on the line drawn between ST41 and ST43, at the point where the pulsation of the dorsalis pedis artery may be palpated.

Method:

Oblique or perpendicular insertion 0.3 to 0.5 cun.

Functions and Indications of chongyang:

  • This points supports spleen qi and transforms damp.
  • Clears stomach heat so used for nasal bleeding.
  • Calms the spirit, so is used for psycho-emotional signs e.g. dream- disturbed sleep, mania.
  • Mostly local swelling & pain of dorsum of foot, muscular atrophy and motor impairment.

Remark:

Yuan-source point, Exit point

Precaution:

Caution: care should be taken not to puncture the dorsalis pedis artery which lies beneath this point.

Dr. Ishwar Gyawali

Dr. Ishwar Gyawali is Consultant Acupuncturist and Ayurveda Physician from Kathmandu, Nepal. He had completed BAMS (Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine and Surgery), a five and half year course on Ayurveda Medicine from Kirtipur Campus affiliated to Tribhuvan University ,Institute Of Medicine, Nepal under scholarship in 2011. He had completed his MD in TCM from Nanjing University Of Chinese Medicine in 2016 under scholarship of Ministry of Education, Nepal. With an experience of Serving for Government of Nepal for 2 years and private practise for more than 5 years, he has sound knowledge in Ayurveda as well as Chinese Medicine. He is a registered Doctor in NAMC (Nepal Ayurveda Medical Council ) both as a physician as well as TCM/Acupuncture Specialist.