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English: Shoulder Crevice
Also Known As: Shoulder Opening
Shoulder Seam
  • On the shoulder, posterior to LI-15 Jianyu, in the depression inferior and posterior to the acromion when the arm is abducted.
  • Located on the posterior inferior ridge of the acromion, in the depression about 1 cun posterior to LI-15 Jianyu.
  • At the origin of the deltoid muscle, in the depression which lies posterior and inferior to the lateral extremity of the acromion.
    Note: LI-15 Jianyu lies in the depression inferior and anterior to the acromion.
  • Puncture perpendicularly 0.7 to 1 cun.
  • Moxibustion is applicable.
  • With the arm abducted, insert perpendicularly towards the center of the axilla, 1 to 1,5 cun.
  • Transverse, oblique insertion directed distally towards the elbow, 1.5 to 2 cun.
  • Straight insertion for arthritis of the shoulder, with the arm abducted and the needle pointed toward HT-1 Jiquan in the armpit between the acromion of the shoulder and the greater tubercle of the humerus, 1.5 to 2 cun, or join to HT-1 Jiquan. Sensation: distention and soreness throughout the shoulder.
  • Slanted insertion, for perifocal inflammation of the shoulder joint, pointed downward, 2 to 3 cun. Sensation: distention and soreness throughout the shoulder or a numb, electric sensation extending toward the fingers.
  • Dispels Wind-Damp
  • Alleviates pain
  • Benefits the shoulder joint
  • Pain, heaviness and motor impairment of the shoulder and upper arm
  • Urticaria
  • Hypertension
  • Upper extremity paralysis
  • Excessive sweating
  • Shoulder Bi
  • Perifocal inflammation of the shoulder joint
  • Hemiplegia
  • Goiter
  • Numbness, paralysis and pain of the arm
  • Shoulder atrophy
  • Shoulder inflammation
  • Immobility of the shoulder
  • Heavy sensation of the shoulder
  • Neuralgia of the shoulder and scapula
  • Arm lacks strength
  • Arm cannot be raised
  • Stiff neck
  • Headache
  • Arthritis of the shoulder


ST-38 (needle first and rotate the shoulder)



Pain of the arm

Frozen shoulder


  • This is a major local point for the shoulder joint.