Spleen Meridian

Dabao SP21 : Nomenclature, Location, Functions, Indications



Da: large               Bao: containing
Dabao pertains to the major collateral of the spleen meridian. The spleen (earth) lies in the center and is related to all the zang-fu organs.

Point: SP-21
Chinese Name: 大包
Name: Dabao
English Name/Meaning: Great Wrapping
Pinyin: dà bāo
Han Geul 한글: dae po 대포
Romaji: tai hō
Vietnamese: Đại bao


On the midaxillary line, in the 6th intercostal space.
Note: According to some texts, this point is located in the 7th intercostal space.

Functions of dabao:

  • Regulates Qi and Blood, governs and wraps all the luo-connecting vessels of the body.
  • Unbinds the chest.


Pain in the chest and hypochondriac region, asthma, general aching and weakness.


Transverse-oblique insertion along the intercostal space, 0.5 to 1 cun.


  • Major luo-connecting point of the spleen.
  • Exit point.


Perpendicular insertion, especially in thin patients, carries a substantial risk of inducing a pneumothorax.


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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