Small Intestine Meridian

Yanggu SI5 : Nomenclature, Location, Functions, Indications



Yang: Yang of yin-yang Gu: Valley
Yang means the “exterior”. The seam on the exterior aspect of the wrist, where yanggu lies is like a valley.

Point: SI-5
Chinese Name: 阳谷
English Name/Meaning: Yang Valley
Pinyin: yáng gǔ
Han Geul 한글: yang gok 양곡
Romaji: yō koku
Vietnamese: Dương cốc


On the ulnar border of the hand, in the depression between the base of the fifth metacarpal bone and the triquetral bone.


  • Disperse heat and swelling (lymphadenopathy).
  • Calms the spirit.


  • Swelling of the neck and submandibular region.
  • Pain of the hand and wrist.
  • Cough and dyspnea, chills and fever: febrile disease with absence of sweating, chills and fever.


Perpendicular insertion 0.3 to 0.5 cun.


  • Jing-river point.
  • Fire point.
  • Good point for mumps, gum and throat swelling.

Read about other points of Small Intestine Meridian:

SI1-Shaoze-少泽      SI2-Qiangu-前谷       SI3-Houxi-後溪     SI4-Wangu-腕骨     SI6-Yanglao-养老         SI7-Zhizheng-支正      SI8-Xiaohai-小海    SI9-Jianzhen-肩贞        SI10-Naoshu-臑俞       SI11-Tianzhong-天宗 SI12-Bingfeng-秉風            SI13-Quyuan-曲垣        SI14-Jianwaishu-肩外俞           SI15-Jianzhongshu-肩中俞         SI16-Tianchuang-天窗         SI17-Tianrong-天容       SI18-Quanliao-颧髎         SI19-Tinggong-听宫


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.