Stomach Meridian

Chengqi ST1 : Nomenclature, Location, Function, Indication



Cheng: to receive Qi: tears
The point is located below the eye, a place for receiving tears.

Point: ST-1
Chinese Name: 承泣
Name: Chengqi
English Name/Meaning: Container of Tears
Pinyin: chéng qì
Han Geul 한글: seung eup 승읍
Romaji: shō kyū
Vietnamese: Thừa khấp


With the eye looking straight forward, the point lies vertically below the pupil, between the eyeball and the infraorbital border.

Indications of chengqi:

  • Red and painful eyes, lacrimation upon exposure to wind, night blindness, blurred vision.
  • Twitching of the eyelids; deviate mouth and eye; main point for facial paralysis or spasm also.


With the eye closed, push the eyeball upward slightly with the left thumb and puncture perpendicularly and slowly 0.3-0.7cun along the infraobital ridge. It is not to manipulate the needle with a large amplitude; compress the needling hole after withdrawing the needle.


Meeting point of stomach channel with Yang Motility (qiao) and REN.


  • The needle should be inserted slowly without lifting, thrusting or rotating.
  • Immediately on withdrawal of the needle, press firmly with a cotton ball for about a minute to prevent haematoma.
  • As this point is very sensitive so try under supervision.
  • According to several classical texts, this point is contraindicated to moxibustion.

Read About Other Points of Stomach Meridian

ST11-气舍-Qishe   ST12-缺盆-Quepen    ST13- 气户-Qihu    ST14-库房-Kufang    ST15-屋翳-Wuyi    ST16-膺窗-Yingchuang    ST17-乳中-Ruzhong    ST18-乳根-Rugen    ST19-不容-Burong   ST20-承满-Chengman


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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