Stomach Meridian

Quepen ST12: Nomenclature, Location, Functions, Indications



Que: depression pen: basin
Quepen refers to the supraclavicular fossa, where the point is located.
Point: ST-12
Chinese Name: 缺盆
Name: Quepen
English Name/Meaning: Empty Basin
Pinyin: quē pén
Han Geul 한글: gyeol bun 결분
Romaji: ketsu bon
Vietnamese: Khuyết bồn


In the supraclavicular area, posterior to the superior border of the clavicle and at its midpoint, 4 cun lateral to the midline, on the mamillary line.


  • Descends Lung Qi and clears heat from the chest.
  • Activates the channel and alleviates pain.


Cough, asthma, sore throat, pain in the supraclavicular fossa.


Perpendicular insertion 0.3 to 0.5 cun along the posterior border of the clavicle.


  • Meeting point of the stomach, large intestine, small intestine, triple energizer and gallbladder channels.
  • Good for pain in supraclavicular fossa.


  • Avoid deep needling.
  • Avoid the transverse common artery.
  • Contraindicated in pregnancy.


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.

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