Stomach Meridian

Shuidao ST28: Nomenclature, Location, Functions, Indications



Shui: water Dao: passage
The deep region of the Shuidao corresponds to the small intestines and is close to the bladder, pertaining to the lower jiao, where waterway passes.
Point: ST-28
Chinese Name: 水道
Name: Shuidao
English Name/Meaning: Water Passage
Pinyin: shuǐ dào
Han Geul 한글: su do 수도
Romaji: sui do(?)
Vietnamese: Thủy đạo


On the lower abdomen, 2 cun lateral to the midline and 3 cun inferior to the umbilicus.
1 cun below the umbilicus, 3 cun lateral to Guanyuan(REN 4).


  • Regulates qi in the abdomen,
  • Cools damp heat and benefits bladder.
  • Regulates menstruation.


  • Digestive disorders: abdominal pain, distension, diarrhoea, constipation.
  • Reproductive disorders: irregular menstruation, dysmenorrhoea, sterility.
  • Urinary disorders: Difficulty holding urine, dribbling urine, UTI, nephritis, cystitis,
  • Local applications: Stroke patients with urination difficulty.


Perpendicular insertion 1 to 1.5 cun.


Famous point for female reproductive system problems.


  • Deep insertion may penetrate the peritoneal cavity in thin patients or may penetrate a full bladder.
  • Ask the patient to empty the bladder before needling.
  • Donot use during 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.