ST 42 Acupuncture Point

Stomach 42, Abbreviated as ST 42, Transliterated Chongyang in Chinese, Surging Yang in English.

ST 42 Acupuncture Point Location:

At the highest point of the dorsum of the foot, between the tendons muscle extensor hallucis longus and digitorum longus, where the dorsal artery of the foot pulsates.

ST 42 Acupuncture Point Indications:

  • Gastric pain, abdominal distention
  • Swelling and pain of the dorsum of the foot
  • Swelling of the face, toothache, deviation of the mouth and eye

ST 42 Acupuncture Point Benefits:

Clears Heat from the Stomach meridian, harmonizes the Stomach, calms the Shen, activates the meridian, and stops pain.


Yuan-Source point of the Stomach Meridian


Clinically, Yuan-Source points are of great significance in treating diseases of the internal organs. Yuan-Source points are the sites where the Yuan (Primary) qi of the Zang-Fu organs passes and stays. Puncturing the Yuan-Source points stimulates the vital energy of the regular meridians, regulates the functional activities of the internal organs, reinforces antipathogenic factors and eliminates pathogenic factors. This method of treating diseases deals principally with the root causes. The Yuan (source) point from the affected meridian is often combined with the Luo (Connecting) point of the internally-externally related meridians in use.