Kidney Meridian

Lingxu KI24: Nomenclature, Location, Functions, Indications



Ling: spirit, imply the heart Xu: mound
Lingxu internally corresponds to the heart and externally it is on the muscle prominence, which looks like a mound.
Point: KI24
Chinese Name: 灵墟
Name: Lingxu
English Name/Meaning: Spirit Ruin
Pinyin: líng xū
Han Geul 한글: yeong heo 영허
Romaji: rei kyo(?)
Vietnamese: Linh khâu


In the third intercostal space, 2 cun lateral to the conception vessel.

Functions and indications lingxu:

  • Opens the chest (asthma, pain in the ribs, rebellious qi).
  • Opens lung and sedates cough (asthma, fullness in chest, pain from bronchitis).


Transverse-oblique insertion, directed laterally along the intercostal space 0.5 to 1 cun.


Deep perpendicular or oblique needling may puncture the lung and/or liver.


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.