Stomach Meridian

Lidui ST 45 : Nomenclature, Location, Function, Indication

Lidui ST45 is at the end of the second toe, like a door of the stomach meridian.


Li: stomach Dui: door
Lidui is at the end of the second toe, like a door of the stomach meridian.

Point: ST-45
Chinese Name: 厉兑
Name: Lidui
English Name/Meaning: Strict Exchange
Pinyin: lì duì
Han Geul 한글: ye tae 예태
Romaji: rei da
Vietnamese: Lệ đoài


On the dorsal aspect of the 2nd toe, at the junction of lines drawn along the lateral border of the nail and the base of the nail, approximately 0.1 cun from the corner of the nail.


Perpendicular or oblique insertion directed proximally 0.1 to 0.2 cun, or prick to bleed.

Functions and Indications of Lidui:

Lidui is a Jing-Well point so is used as follows.

  • The jing-well points treat the uppermost reaches of the channels such as swelling of the face, toothache, lockjaw, pain in throat, obstruction in throat, deviation of the mouth, nosebleed and yellow nasal discharge.
  • The jing-well points treat fullness below the Heart: fullness and distention of the chest and abdomen.
  • The jing-well points treat disorders of the spirit: various disorders of sleep such as insomnia, nightmares and somnolence.
  • Child point on ST channel: ST 45 (child) act primarily to reduce excess pathogenic factors from the ST channel and zang.
  • Local toe problems.


Jing-Well point


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.