Spleen Meridian

Fuai SP16: Nomenclature, Location, Functions, Indications



Fu: abdomen Ai: pain
Fuai is food for treating abdominal pain.
Point: SP-16
Chinese Name: 腹哀
English Name/Meaning: Abdomen Sorrow
Pinyin: fù āi
Han Geul 한글: bok ae 복애
Romaji: fuku ai
Vietnamese: Phúc ai


On the abdomen, in the depression at the lateral border of the rectus abdominis muscle, 3 cun superior to Daheng(SP15).
4 cun lateral to the center of the umbilicus lateral to rectus abdominis muscle.

Functions of fuai:

  • Regulates Qi in the Intestines.
  • Drains Dampness.


Abdominal pain, dry dampness, indigestion, loss of appetite.


Perpendicular insertion, 0.5 to 1 cun.


Meeting point with the yin wei vessel.


  • In thin patients, deep needling may penetrate the peritoneal cavity.
  • Deep needling at this point may penetrate an enlarged spleen.


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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