Stomach Meridian

Huaroumen ST24: Nomenclature, Location, Functions, Indications



Hua: good Rou: Muscle Men: door
Huarou refers to preliminary digested fine food. Huaroumen is on the level 1 cun above the navel; the stomach contents are clear above the turbid below it. This is like a door through which the fine food passes.
Point: ST-24
Chinese Name: 滑肉门
Name: Huaroumen
English Name/Meaning: Slippery Flesh Gate
Pinyin: huá ròu mén
Han Geul 한글: hwal yung mun 활육문
Romaji: katsu niku mon
Vietnamese: Hoạt nhục môn


On the abdomen, 1 cun above the umbilicus, 2 cun lateral to Shuifen (REN9).
On the abdomen, 2 cun lateral to the midline and 1 cun superior to the umbilicus.

Functions and indications of huaroumen:

  • Tonifies spleen and harmonizes stomach so is beneficial in gastrointestinal disorders like gastric pain, bloating abdominal distension.
  • Clears heart and quiets spirit. So, is beneficial in psycho-emotional problems like manic depression, agitation, and mad walking, epilepsy, tongue thrusting, anxiety focused both on the chest and abdomen, accompanied by palpitations, tightness of the chest, abdominal pain and diarrhea.


Puncture perpendicularly 0.7 to 1 cun.


In thin subjects, 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.

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