Kidney Meridian

Shiguan KI18: Nomenclature, Location, Functions, Indications



Shi : stone Guan: importance
Stone here means “hard” in consistency. Shi guan is an important point for the treatment of abdominal disease.
Point: KI18
Chinese Name: 石关
English Name/Meaning: Stone Gate
Pinyin: shí guān
Han Geul 한글: seok gwan 석관
Romaji: seki kan
Vietnamese: Thạch quan


3 cun above the umbilicus, 0.5 cun lateral to Jianli (Ren 11).

Functions of shiguan:

  • Strengthens the middle jiao, regulates stomach and intestine.
  • Clears blockage in the intestine, uterine area.


  • Vomiting, abdominal pain, Constipation.
  • Post partum abdominal pain, infertility.


Perpendicular insertion 1 to 1.5 cun.


Meeting point of Kidney and chong vessel.


Deep needling may penetrate the peritoneal cavity.


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.