Stomach Meridian

Yinshi ST33: Nomenclature, Location, Functions, Indications



Yin: yin of yin-yang Shi: market
Yin refers to pathogenic cold, and shi means dispersion. The point is used to disperse pathogenic cold from the knee.
Point: ST-33
Chinese Name: 阴市
Name: Yinshi
English Name/Meaning: Yin Market
Pinyin: yīn shì
Han Geul 한글: eum si 음시
Romaji: in shi(?)
Vietnamese: Âm thị


When the knee is flexed, the point is 3 cun above the laterosuperior border of the patella, on the line joining the laterosuperior border of the patella and the anterior superior iliac spine.


  • Warms channels and dissipates cold.
  • Courses wind and quickens connecting vessels.

Indications of yinshi:

Numbness, soreness, motor impairment of the leg and knee, motor impairments of the lower extremities.


Perpendicular or oblique insertion 1 to 1.5 cun.


Famous point for paralysis of lower extremities.


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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