Kidney Meridian

Shenfeng KI23: Nomenclature, Location, Functions, Indications



Shen: mind, implying the heart Feng: manor
Shenfeng lies in the region which is subjected to the heart.
Point: KI23
Chinese Name: 神封
Name: Shenfeng
English Name/Meaning: Spirit Seal
Pinyin: shén fēng
Han Geul 한글: sin bong 신봉
Romaji: shim pō
Vietnamese: Thần phong


In the fourth intercostal space, 2 cun lateral to the conception vessel.

Functions and Indications of shenfeng:

  • Opens the chest (asthma, pain in the ribs, rebellious qi).
  • Opens lung and sedates cough (asthma, fullness in chest, pain from bronchitis).


Transverse-oblique insertion, directed laterally along the intercostal space 0.5 to 1 cun.


Deep perpendicular or oblique needling may puncture the lung and/or liver.


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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