Stomach Meridian

Dicang ST4 : Nomenclature, Location, Function, Indication



Di: Earth Cang: Granary
The five grains grow on the earth. The grain enters the mouth, as if going to granary. The point lies on the corner of mouth.

Point: ST-4
Chinese Name: 地仓
Name: Dicang
English Name/Meaning: Earth Granary
Pinyin: dì cāng
Han Geul 한글: ji chang 지창
Romaji: chi so
Vietnamese: Địa thương


With the eyes looking straight forward, dicang lies vertically below the pupil, 0.4 cun lateral to the corner of the mouth.

Functions and Indications of Dicang:

  • This is one of the important points for facial palsy.
  • Deviation of the mouth and eye, toothache, facial pain and twitching of the facial muscle.
  • To treat slobbering (excessive salivation).


  • Puncture perpendicularly 0.2cun, obliquely or transversely0.5-1.5cun.
  • Transverse insertion to join with such points as ST 6, LI 20, REN24.


Meeting point of the ST and LI channels with the Yang Motility (qiao) and REN.


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.