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Spotlight on ST44 - Acupuncture point to treat digestion, sinus congestion, heat, and more!

English Name: Inner Court
Chinese Name:  Nei Ting
Nei Ting, or Stomach 44 (ST44), is the second to last point on the Stomach meridian in acupuncture. It is located on the top of the foot, just proximal to the web between the 2nd and 3rd toes. It is a special point on the Stomach meridian, called the Ying Spring point. The Ying Spring points on all the meridians clear heat from that particular meridian and energy system. So we use ST44 to treat heat-type disorders of the stomach, including ulcers, acid reflux, abdominal pain, and GERD. 

Because the other end of the Stomach meridian goes through the jaw and sinuses, we can also use ST44 for sinus congestion, jaw pain, toothache, facial pain, Bell's Palsey, or even certain types of eye pain.

ST44 also clears Damp-Heat from the intestines. Damp-Heat refers to a build-up of toxic heat and excess fluid accumulation - so ST44 can treat things like diarrhea, dysentery, constipation, or acute abdominal cramping.

ST44 can clear "excess" type heat from our system - heat that comes from an acute stomach bug, or from a build-up of stress, or a sinus infection. But it can also be paired with other points to clear "deficient" type heat - heat that comes from a weakness in our own body. In this way, we can effectively use ST44 to treat more chronic digestive issues, chronic sinus pain, and even some kinds of chronic viral infections.

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