Kidney Meridian

Futonggu KI20: Nomenclature, Location, Functions, Indications



Fu: abdomen Tong: passing Gu: water and food
Futonggu is in the abdomen, where water and food pass.
Point: KI20
Chinese Name:
English Name/Meaning: Abdomen Connecting Valley
Pinyin: fù tōng gǔ
Han Geul 한글: tong gok 통곡
Romaji: hara no
Vietnamese: tsū koku


5 cun above the umbilicus, 0.5 cun lateral to Shangwan (Ren 13).

Functions of futonggu:

  • Strengthens the middle jiao, regulates stomach and intestine.
  • Clears blockage in intestine, uterine area.


  • Vomiting, abdominal pain, Constipation.
  • Postpartum abdominal pain, infertility.


Perpendicular insertion 1 to 1.5 cun.


Meeting point of Kidney and chong vessel.


Deep needling may penetrate the peritoneal cavity.


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.