Stomach Meridian

Xiaguan ST7 : Nomenclature, Location, Function, Indication



Xia: Lower Guan: Pass
The term guan refers to the zygomatic arch and the point is below the arch.

Point: ST-7
Chinese Name: 下关
Name: Xiaguan
English Name/Meaning: Below the Joint
Pinyin: xià guān
Han Geul 한글: ha gwan 하관
Romaji: ge kan
Vietnamese: Hạ quan


At the lower border of the zygomatic arch, in the depression anterior to the condyloid process of the mandible.

Indications of xiaguan:

  • Joint problems in jaw: Lower mandible pain, locked jaw.
  • Deviated mouth and eyes, toothache, swelling of cheek, trigeminal neuralgia pain, facial pain.
  • As the point is the meeting point of stomach and Gallbladder channel so is used for deafness, tinnitus, ear infection.


  • Perpendicular insertion slightly inferiorly 0.5 to 1 cun;
  • Transverse insertion to join with such points as SI19, ST6, SI18 for diseases of the ear, teeth, face and jaw.


Meeting point of the Stomach and Gall Bladder channel



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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