Shangqu KI17: Nomenclature, Location, Functions, Indications



Shang: one of the five sounds, pertaining to metal Qu: bend
The large intestine also pertains to meal. Shang-qu corresponds to the flexure of the intestine.

Point: KI17
Chinese Name: 商曲
English Name/Meaning: Shang Bend
Pinyin: shāng qū
Han Geul 한글: sang gok 상곡
Romaji: shō kyoku
Vietnamese: Thương khúc


2 cun above the umbilicus, 0.5 cun lateral to Xiawan (Ren 10).

Functions and Indications of shangqu:

Regulates stomach and tonifies spleen and reduce stagnation so is beneficial for epigastric pain, indigestion, abdominal discomfort.


Perpendicular insertion 1 to 1.5 cun.


Meeting point of Kidney and chong vessel.


Deep needling may penetrate the peritoneal cavity.

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.