Small Intestine Meridian

Naoshu SI10 : Nomenclature, Location, Functions, Indications



Nao: Muscle prominence of the upper arm; Shu:point
Naoshu is on the upper arm, where the Qi of the meridian is infused in.

Point: SI-10
Chinese Name: 臑俞
English Name/Meaning: Upper arm transporter
Pinyin: nāo shū
Han Geul 한글: no yu(su) 노유(수)
Romaji: ju yu
Vietnamese: Nhu du


Posterior aspect of the shoulder, in the depression inferior to the scapular spine, directly superior to the posterior axillary crease when the arm hangs in the adducted position.

Functions of Naoshu:

  • Benefits the shoulder.
  • Activates the channel and alleviates pain.


Pain in the scapular region, motor impairment of hand and arm, Paralysis of Hand, weakness of shoulder and arm.


Perpendicular insertion 1 to 1.5 cun.


Meeting point of SI and BL channel with the Yang wei and Yang qiao vessels.


Needle slightly toward shoulder; no heavy lifting and thrusting – (may cause hematoma due to damage large blood vessels.

Read about other points of Small Intestine Meridian:

SI1-Shaoze-少泽      SI2-Qiangu-前谷       SI3-Houxi-後溪     SI4-Wangu-腕骨     SI5-Yanggu-阳谷       SI6-Yanglao-养老         SI7-Zhizheng-支正      SI8-Xiaohai-小海    SI9-Jianzhen-肩贞       SI11-Tianzhong-天宗 SI12-Bingfeng-秉風            SI13-Quyuan-曲垣        SI14-Jianwaishu-肩外俞           SI15-Jianzhongshu-肩中俞         SI16-Tianchuang-天窗         SI17-Tianrong-天容       SI18-Quanliao-颧髎         SI19-Tinggong-听宫


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.