Spleen Meridian

Lougu SP7 : Nomenclature, Location, Functions, Indications



Lou: aperture Gu: Valley
Lougu is located in the depression posterior to the tibia like in a valley.

Point: SP-7
Chinese Name: 漏谷
Name: Lougu
English Name/Meaning: Dripping Valley
Pinyin: loù gǔ
Han Geul 한글: nu gok 루곡
Romaji: rō koku?
Vietnamese: Lậu cốc


6 cun from the tip of the medial malleolus, on the line connecting the tip of the medial malleolus and Yinlingquan (SP9), posterior to the medial border of the tibia.

Functions and indications of lougu:

  • Tonifies spleen and stomach so is beneficial for various digestive disorders like abdominal distension, borborgymus.
  • Promote urination and resolves dampness.
  • Reproductive disorders in both excess and deficiency type , male/female.
  • Local disorders: leg pain, numbness and paralysis of knee and leg.


Perpendicular or oblique proximal insertion, 1 to 1.5 cun.


For digestive disorders use SP6 and SP9.


According to several classical texts, this point is contraindicated to moxibustion.


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.