Small Intestine Meridian

Quyuan SI13 : Nomenclature, Location, Functions, Indications



Qu: curved Yuan: wall
The spine of the scapula is like a curved wall, and quyuan is located on it.

Point: SI-13
Chinese Name: 曲垣
English Name/Meaning: Crooked Wall
Pinyin: qū yuán
Han Geul 한글: gok won 곡원
Romaji: kyo ku en?
Vietnamese: Khúc viên


On the medial extremity of the suprascapular fossa, about midway between SI10(Naoshu) and the spinous process of T12.

Functions and Indications of Quyuan:

Benefits the sinews and reduces pain so is beneficial for pathe in in scapular region, numbness and aching of the upper extremities, motor impairment of the shoulder and arm.


  • Perpendicular insertion 0.3 to 0.5 cun.
  • Oblique lateral insertion 0.5 to 1 cun.


Good for rotator cuff.


This point is located close to the medial border of the scapula. So, too medial deep or medial-oblique needling may puncture the lungs causing pneumothorax.


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.