Jiexi ST41 : Nomenclature, Location, Functions, Indications

Jiexi lies at the midpoint of the transverse crease of the ankle joint, between the tendons of m. extensor digitorum longus and hallucis longus.
Jiexi-ST41

Nomenclature:

Jie: Separating            Xi: stream
Xi refers to minor depression on the body surface. The point is in the anterior articular depression of the ankle joint.

Point: ST-41
Chinese Name: 解溪
Name: Jiexi
English Name/Meaning: Stream Divide
Pinyin: jiě xī
Han Geul 한글: hae gye 해계
Romaji: kai kei
Vietnamese:Giải khê

Location:

At the midpoint of the transverse crease of the ankle joint, between the tendons of m. extensor digitorum longus and hallucis longus.

Functions of jiexi:

  • Supports spleen qi and transforms damp.
  • Clears stomach heat.
  • Calms the spirit.

Indications of Jiexi:

  • Clears heat:
    • ST organ (ST heat): excessive hunger, bad breath, constipation, burning ST ache – worse after spicy food
    • ST Channel:
      • gum: bleeding, swollen;
      • nose: red, bleeding;
      • face: burning pain or acne;
      • Ht: psycho-emotional signs: dream-disturbed sleep, mania
  • Atrophy and paralysis of the legs, pain in the ankle and wrist;
  • Headache, vertigo, psychosis, epilepsy.

Method:

Perpendicular 0.5 cun;
Oblique insertion beneath the tendons to join with SP5 or GB40.
Caution: the anterior tibial vessels and nerve lie deep to this point.

Remarks:

Jing-River Point.
Mother point of stomach channel – act primarily to reduce excess pathogenic factors from the ST channel and zang

Precaution:

The anterior tibial vessels and nerve lie deep to 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.