Stomach 37

essential oils for acupressureAcupressure Point ST37

ST 37 acupressure point on the Foot Yangming channel is a very important point for bowel movement problems or any issues of the colon. It can be used in a similar manner to acupressure point Stomach 36; however, for most applications Stomach 36 is preferred. Therefore, ST 37 is mainly used for problems in the Large Intestine such as constipation, IBS, Crohn’s Disease, and so on as it has a stronger effect on the Large Intestine than Stomach 36.

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st37.acupressure pointLocation of Acupressure Point ST 37

3 Cun below acupressure point Stomach 36, in the muscle tibialis anterior just lateral to the tibia. Or 6 Cun below the tibio femoral joint line which equals two hand widths below the kneecap. Apply the Earth Element Acupressure Stick to Acupressure Point Stomach 37 to activate the healing potential of the pressure point.

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Health Conditions Treated with Acupressure Point Combinations Using ST 37

Digestive Problemsrestore-the-middle-way-organic herbal spleen tonic

Constipation with stick bowel movements that are difficult to expel:

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Burning, possibly explosive diarrhea possibly due to dysentery or food poisoning:

Bowel movements with blood in the stool due to Large Intestine Heat:

Contact your local healthcare provider to rule out bowel cancer

Diarrhea containing undigested food:

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Acute diarrhea due to exposure to cold in the winter:

Gum Infection

Swelling of the face due to gum infection:

Leg Numbness

Leg Qi constrictions causing numbness and loss of feeling of the lower limb on the outside edge of the tibia down to the second toe:

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Painful Obstruction of the lower limb:

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Sharp pain of the bone marrow that improves with the application of heat:

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Muscle spasms and contractions of the lower leg with sharp pain down the front of the lateral side of the shin possibly to the second toe:

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Pain and weakness of the lower leg with inability to stand for long due to exhaustion:

Consider using our organic Restore the Middle Way formula

Eating Disorders

Anorexia or bulimia apply the Earth Element Acupressure Stick acupressure point Stomach 37  and apply the Earth Element Acupressure Stick to acupressure point Spleen 3 

Consider using our organic Restore the Middle Way formula

Urination Difficulties

Retention of urine with difficulty eliminating, apply the Earth Element Acupressure Stick acupressure point Stomach 37 and apply the Water Element Acupressure Stick to acupressure point Kidney 3, 4 

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Traditional Chinese Medicine Actions of Acupressure Point ST 37

Other Name(s) of Acupuncture Point Stomach 37

  • Upper Great Void
  • Upper Great Emptiness
  • Upper Great Hollow
  • Upper Ridge of the Leg
  • Shangjuxu

Traditional Chinese Medicine Classifications of Acupressure Point Stomach 37

  • Lower He-Sea point of the Large Intestine
  • Point of the Sea of Blood
  • One of the "59 piercings" for clearing Heat in Su Wen Ch. 61
  • Four Sea Point of Blood in the lower body

Cautions: Do not use acupressure as self-care when pregnant without the guidance of a licensed acupuncturist. Always discuss new treatment modalities with your local health care professional.

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References

Zhai, J., Mu, W., Si, J., Li, Y., Zhao, C., Shang, H., … Tian, G. (2018). Acupuncture for constipation in patients with stroke: protocol of a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMJ open8(3), e020400. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2017-020400

Lee, H. Y., Kwon, O. J., Kim, J. E., Kim, M., Kim, A. R., Park, H. J., … Choi, S. M. (2018). Efficacy and safety of acupuncture for functional constipation: a randomised, sham-controlled pilot trial. BMC complementary and alternative medicine18(1), 186. doi:10.1186/s12906-018-2243-4

Yang, X., Liu, Y., Liu, B., He, L., Liu, Z., Yan, Y., … Liu, B. (2017). Factors related to acupuncture response in patients with chronic severe functional constipation: Secondary analysis of a randomized controlled trialPloS one12(11), e0187723. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0187723

Xu, M., Zhang, W., Wang, L., Feng, X., & Li, Y. (2019). The effect and safety of acupuncture on patients with functional constipation: Protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis of high quality RCTsMedicine98(49), e18125. doi:10.1097/MD.0000000000018125

Matsumoto-Miyazaki, J., Asano, Y., Takei, H., Ikegame, Y., & Shinoda, J. (2019). Acupuncture for Chronic Constipation in Patients with Chronic Disorders of Consciousness After Severe Traumatic Brain Injury. Medical acupuncture31(4), 218–223. doi:10.1089/acu.2019.1361