Stomach Meridian

Guilai ST29 : Nomenclature, Location, Function, Indication



Gui: Return           Lai: Arrival
Guilai is useful in prolapse of uterus and hernia for returning them to their original place.
Point: ST-29
Chinese Name: 归来
Name: Guilai
English Name/Meaning: Return
Pinyin: guī lái
Han Geul 한글: gui rae 귀래
Romaji: ki rai(?)
Vietnamese: Qui lai


4 cun below the umbilicus, 2 cun lateral to the anterior midline of the abdomen.

Functions of guilai:

  • Regulates qi in abdomen.
  • Regulates qi of lower burner.
  • Warms womb or uterus.
  • Quickens/moves blood in lower burner.


Amenorrhea, prolapse of the uterus, dysmenorrhea, leucorrhea, irregular menstruation.
Lower abdominal pain, hernia.


Puncture perpendicularly 1.0-1.5 cun.


Returns menstruation to normal.


Do not use during pregnancy.
Deep insertion may penetrate the peritoneal cavity in thin patients or may penetrate a full bladder; the patient should, therefore, be asked to empty the bladder before needling.


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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