Shuitu ST10: Nomenclature, Location, Functions, Indications



Shui: water tu: passing through
Shuitu is at the neck, close to the esophagous, where water and food pass.
Point: ST-10
Chinese Name: 水突
Name: Shuitu
English Name/Meaning: Water Prominence
Pinyin: shǔi tū
Han Geul 한글: su dol 수돌
Romaji: sui totsu(?)
Vietnamese: Thủy đột


At the midpoint of the line joining Renying(ST9) and Qishe (ST11), on the anterior border of sternocleidomastoideus muscle.

Functions of shuitu:

  • Benefits the throat and neck.
  • Descends Lung Qi.


Throat pain, Shortness of breath, dyspnea; goiter & scrofula,cough, asthma


Perpendicular-oblique insertion directed medially to avoid the carotid artery, 0.5 to 1 cun.


Care should be taken to avoid puncturing the carotid artery which must be palpated and then held laterally during needling, by using the index finger and thumb of one hand, above and below the 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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