Stomach Meridian

Liangmen ST21 :Nomenclature, Location, Function, Indication



Liang: grain or food Men: Door
The point is on the upper epigastric region and is the door for the passage of food to the stomach.

Point: ST-21
Chinese Name: 梁门
Name: Liangmen
English Name/Meaning: Beam Gate
Pinyin: liáng mén
Han Geul 한글: yang mun 양문
Romaji: ryō mon


On the upper abdomen, 4 cun above the center of the umbilicus, 2 cun lateral to the anterior midline of the abdomen.


Mostly used for gastrointestinal disorders like Stomachache, vomiting, poor appetite,  abdominal distension.

Vietnamese: Lương môn


Puncture perpendicularly 0.5-0.8 cun.


In thin subjects, deep needling may penetrate the peritoneal cavity;
Deep needling at right may penetrate an enlarged liver.
Needling is not advisible for people who have recently eaten a large meal.


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.