Stomach 38

essential oils for acupressureST 38 acupressure point on the Foot Yangming channel is mainly used for shoulder pain and pain of the legs. It can also be used in a similar manner to acupressure point Stomach 37. However, ST 37 is preferred for problems of the Large Intestine and digestive issues.

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Other Name(s) of Acupressure Point ST 38:

  • Ribbon Opening
  • Line Opening
  • Branch Opening
  • Mouth in Pieces
  • Xiajuxu

Traditional Chinese Medicine Classifications of Acupressure Point Stomach 38:


st38.acupressure pointLocation of Acupressure Point Stomach 38:

Midway between the lower aspect of the knee cap and the tip of the lateral malleolus in the muscle tibialis anterior just lateral to the tibia.


Traditional Chinese Medicine Actions of ST 38:

Traditional Chinese Medicine Indications and Acupressure Point Combinations Using Acupressure Point Stomach 38

Shoulder Pain

Pain of the Leg(s)

Muscle Cramps

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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