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Stomach Channel

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CHONGYANG ST-42
Rushing Yang
Yuan-Source point of the Stomach channel
LOCATION
On the dorsum of the foot, in the depression formed by the
junction of the second and third metatarsal bones and the
cuneiform bones (second and third), 1.5 cun distal to Jiexi
ST-41, on the line drawn between Jiexi ST-41 and Xiangu
ST-43, at the point where the pulsation of the dorsalis
pedis artery may be palpated.
LOCATION NOTE
i. Run the finger proximally from Xiangu ST-43 towards
Jiexi ST-41; the point is located in a depression approxi-
mately halfway between these two points; ii. This point
may lie either side of the medial slip of the extensor
digitorum longus tendon, which runs to the second toe.
NEEDLING
Oblique or perpendicular insertion 0.3 to 0.5 cun.
Caution: care should be taken not to puncture the dorsalis
pedis artery which lies beneath this point.
ACTIONS
Clears heat from the Stomach channel
Harmonises the Stomach fu
Calms the spirit
Activates the channel and alleviates pain
INDICATIONS
Deviation of the mouth and eye, swelling and pain of
the face, swelling of the face, toothache, tooth decay,
heat and pain of the inside of the mouth.
Abdominal distention with no pleasure in eating,
epigastric pain, vomiting.
Fever with absence of sweating, chills and fever with
malarial disorder.
Mania-depression, desires to ascend to high places
and sing, discards clothing and runs around.
Swelling and pain of the dorsum of the foot, atrophy
disorder of the foot.
COMMENTARY
In terms of its actions and indications Chongyang ST-42,
the yuan-source point of the Stomach channel, is similar
to Jiexi ST-41, although less commonly used in current-
day clinical practice.
Chongyang ST-42 is located over the pulsation of the
dorsalis pedis artery, and the Essential Questions suggests
that the knee be raised in order to allow the artery to
pulsate more clearly and thus assist in locating this point.
This advice is echoed by the traditional observation that if
the point Zusanli ST-36 is obstructed, the beating of the
artery will be diminished, and in fact if the point Zusanli
ST-36 is pressed firmly, the pulsation will disappear
entirely.
COMBINATIONS
Facial swelling: Chongyang ST-42, Tianshu ST-25,
Fenglong ST-40, Lidui ST-45 and Xiangu ST-43 (Thou-
sand Ducat Formulas).
Tooth decay: Chongyang ST-42 and Qubin GB-7
(Thousand Ducat Formulas).
Mania, desires to ascend to high places and sing, dis-
cards clothing and runs around: Chongyang ST-42,
Shenmen HE-7 and Houxi SI-3 (Great Compendium).
Mania disorder with rash behaviour, desires to as-
cend to high places and sing, discards clothing and
runs around: Chongyang ST-42 and Fenglong ST-40
(Thousand Ducat Formulas).
Flaccidity of the legs: Chongyang ST-42, Yangling-
quan GB-34, Taichong LIV-3 and Qiuxu GB-40 (Great
Compendium).
One-sided wind (hemiplegia): Chongyang ST-42 and
Lieque LU-7 (Great Compendium).
Xiangu ST-43
Chongyang ST-42
Jiexi ST-41
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extensor hallucis longus
extensor digitorum longus
second cuneiform
third cuneiform
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Stomach
Spleen
Heart
S. Intestine
Bladder
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Pericardium
Sanjiao
Gall Bladder
Liver
Conception
Governing
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