Stomach Meridian

Renying ST9: Nomenclature, Location, Functions, Indications



Ren: mankind Ying: to meet
Renying lies beside renying artery (common carotid artery).
Point: ST-9
Chinese Name: 人迎
Name: Renying
English Name/Meaning: Man’s Welcome
Pinyin: rén yíng
Han Geul 한글: in yeong 인영
Romaji: jin gei
Vietnamese: Nhân nghênh


Level with the tip of and 1.5 cun lateral to the laryngeal prominence( Adam’s Apple), in the depression between the anterior border of the sternocleidomastoid muscle and the lateral border of the thyroid cartilage.
Note: the carotid artery lies just deep to this point and can be readily palpated at the anterior border of the sternocleidomastoid muscle. This point therefore lies between the carotid artery and the lateral border of the thyroid cartilage.


  • Regulates Qi and Blood.
  • Benefits throat and removes masses.

Indications of Renying:

Sore throat, asthma, goiter, dizziness, Fullness of the chest, shortness of breath, asthma, wheezing, coughing and vomiting due to rebellion of LU/ST qi as well as for red face.


Perpendicular insertion 0.5 to 1 cun.


  • Sea points.
  • Window of Heaven Points.
  • Meeting point with Gallbladder Meridian.


  • According to most classical texts, this point is contraindicated to moxibustion.
  • Care should be taken to avoid puncturing the carotid artery which must be palpated and then held laterally during needling, by using the index finger and thumb of one hand, above and below the point.


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.