Stomach Meridian

Chengman ST20: Nomenclature, Location, Functions, Indications



Cheng: to receive Man: fullness
Chengman is on the upper abdomen. The stomach is full when the water and food it takes in have reached this level.
Point: ST-20
Chinese Name: 承满
Name: Chengman
English Name/Meaning: Supporting Fullness
Pinyin: chéng mǎn
Han Geul 한글: seng man 승만
Romaji: shō man
Vietnamese: Thừa mãn


On the abdomen, 5 cun above the umbilicus, 2 cun lateral to Shangwan (REN13).
On the abdomen, 2 cun lateral to the midline and 5 cun superior to the umbilicus.

Functions and indications of  Chengman:

Regulates the center (middle jiao .i.e. spleen and stomach) and harmonizes the stomach. So is beneficial in gastrointestinal disorders like abdominal distension, vomiting, gastric pain, anorexia.


Perpendicular insertion 0.5 to 1 cun.


  • In thin subjects, deep needling may penetrate the peritoneal cavity.
  • Deep needling towards right may penetrate an enlarged liver.


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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