Qihu ST13: Nomenclature, Location, Functions, Indications



Qi: qi (vital energy) Hu: door
Qihu is on the upper part of the chest, like a door for the Qi, the vital energy of the lung and stomach.
Point: ST-13
Chinese Name: 气户
Name: Qihu
English Name/Meaning: Qi Door
Pinyin: qì hù
Han Geul 한글: gi ho 기호
Romaji: ki ko(?)
Vietnamese: Khí hộ


At the lower border of the middle of the clavicle, 4 cun lateral to the anterior midline.


Regulates lung and qi of the chest.


Fullness in the chest, asthma, cough, hiccup, pain in the chest and hypochondrium.


Puncture obliquely 0.3-0.5 cun.


Oblique insertion only.


  • Deep or perpendicular insertion carries a substantial risk of puncturing the lung.
  • Deep or perpendicular insertion carries a substantial risk of injuring subclavian vessel.

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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