Xiangu ST43 : Nomenclature, Location, Function, Indication

Gu refers to a depression on the body surface. Xiangu is in the depression between the second and third metatarsals.
Xiangu- ST43

Nomenclature:

Xian: depression Gu: valley
Gu refers to a depression on the body surface. Xiangu is in the depression between the second and third metatarsals.

Point: ST-43
Chinese Name: 陷谷
Name: Xiangu
English Name/Meaning: Sunken Valley
Pinyin: xiàn gǔ
Han Geul 한글: ham gok 함곡
Romaji: kan koku(?)
Vietnamese: Hãm cốc

Location:

On the dorsum of the foot, between the second and third metatarsal bones, in a depression 1 cun proximal to ST44.

Method:

Perpendicular or oblique insertion 0.5 to 1 cun.

Functions and indications of Xiangu:

  • Being a shu stream point, this point is used for disorders of the zang or Fu organ: ST43 for disorders of the Stomach and intestines; heaviness of the body and pain of the joints: used in current practice for general aching due to wind, and for damp-heat painful obstruction.
  • This points clear heat; so is used for fever with absence of sweating, cold shivering with malarial disorders.
  • Locally is used mostly local swelling & pain of dorsum of foot

Remark:

Shu stream 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.

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