Stomach Meridian

Futu ST32: Nomenclature, Location, Functions, Indications



Fu: lying prostraate tu: rabbit
The prominence of the local muscle of the futu looks like a prostrate rabbit.
Point: ST-32
Chinese Name: 伏兔
Name: Futu
English Name/Meaning: Crouching Rabbit
Pinyin: fú tù
Han Geul 한글: bok to 복토
Romaji: fuku to
Vietnamese: Phục thỏ


On the line connecting the anterior superior iliac spine and lower lateral border of the patella, 6 cun above the upper lateral border of the patella.

Functions of Futu/ST32:

  • Warms channels and dissipates cold.
  • Courses wind and quickens connecting vessels.


Pain in the lumbar and iliac region, coldness of the knee, paralysis or motor impairment and pain of the lower extremities, beriberi.


Perpendicular or oblique insertion 1 to 2 cun.


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.