Zhigou TE6 : Nomenclature, Location, Function, Indication



Zhi: limb Gou: ditch
Zhi here refers to the upper limbs. Zhigou point is located between the radius and the ulna.

Point: TE6
Chinese Name: 支溝
Name: Zhigou
English Name/Meaning: Branching Ditch
Pinyin: zhī gōu
Han Geul 한글: ji gu 지구
Romaji: shi kō?
Vietnamese: Chi câu


On the dorsal aspect of the forearm, 3 cun above the transverse crease of the the dorsum of the wrist, on the connecting Yangchi(TE4) and the tip of the elbow between the ulna and radius.


  • Removes obstruction from the 3 burners.
  • Opens intestines (circulates Qi in intestines, constipation).
  • Clears heat and expels wind (Febrile disease, reashes, herpes zoster).


  • Zhigou is major point for moving the qi of the intestines and treating constipation. (Whether due to stagnation of qi, heat or any other etiology.)
  • Zhigou is also an essential point for treating pain of the lateral costal region and distention due to qi stagnation or any other etiology.
  • Also clear heat from the SJ channel, being indicated for febrile diseases, redness, pain and swelling of the eyes, tinnitus and deafness, lockjaw, swollen throat, scrofula etc.
  • Zhigou resolve stagnation of qi in the chest giving rise to oppression of the chest and Heart pain.


Puncture perpendicularly 0.5-1.0 cun


Jing-River Point.
SJ 6 and SJ 5 are the only points on the three arm yang channels indicated for constipation.

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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