Tiaokou ST38 : Nomenclature, Location, Function, Indication



Tiao: Strip Kou:Space
The point is in the strip space between the fibula and tibia.

Point: ST-38
Chinese Name: 条口
Name: Tiaokou
English Name/Meaning: Lines Opening
Pinyin: tiáo kǒu
Han Geul 한글: jo gu 조구
Romaji: jō kō?
Vietnamese: Điều khẩu


8 cun below Dubi ( ST35 ), one finger width lateral to the anterior crest of the tibia.


  • Relaxes muscles and tendons.
  • Warms channels and dissipates cold.

Indications of tiaokou:

  • Numbness, soreness and pain of the knee and leg, weakness and motor impairment of the foot, pain and motor impairment of the foot, pain and motor impairment of the shoulder,  atrophy and paralysis of the legs.
  • Pain in the abdomen and stomach.
  • Pain in the shoulders and arms.


Puncture perpendicularly 1.0-1.5cun.


  • Most famous point for frozen shoulder.
  • Distal point for shoulder disorder.

Dr. Ishwar Gyawali

Dr. Ishwar Gyawali is Consultant Acupuncturist and Ayurveda Physician from Kathmandu, Nepal. He had completed BAMS (Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine and Surgery), a five and half year course on Ayurveda Medicine from Kirtipur Campus affiliated to Tribhuvan University ,Institute Of Medicine, Nepal under scholarship in 2011. He had completed his MD in TCM from Nanjing University Of Chinese Medicine in 2016 under scholarship of Ministry of Education, Nepal. With an experience of Serving for Government of Nepal for 2 years and private practise for more than 5 years, he has sound knowledge in Ayurveda as well as Chinese Medicine. He is a registered Doctor in NAMC (Nepal Ayurveda Medical Council ) both as a physician as well as TCM/Acupuncture Specialist.

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