Liver Meridian

Zhangmen LR13 : Nomenclature, Location, Function, Indication



Zhang: screen          Men: Door
Zhangmen is below the hypochondrium, which acts like a screen for the internal organs.


On the lower border of the free end of 11th floating rib.


  • Promotes smooth flow of Liver Qi (removes qi stagnation and regulates liver qi ).
  • Quickens blood and transforms blood stasis (hypochondriac pain, enlarged liver and spleen).
  • Relieves food retention and food stagnation ( strengthens and warms the spleen, helps in digestion, transforming dampness).

Indications of zhangmen:

Zhangmen is beneficial for liver and gallbladder problems:pain in the hypochondriac region, jaundice; Abdominal distention, diarrhea, vomiting.


Puncture obliquely 0.5-0.8 cun.


Front-Mu Point of the spleen. One of the Eight Influential points ( Zang-organs convergence).
Crossing Point of the channels of Foot –Jueyin and Foot –Shaoyang.


Deep perpendicular needling may damage an enlarged liver (R) or spleen (L).

Read about other points of Liver Meridian:

LR1-Dadun-大敦   LR2-Xingjian-行间    LR3-Taichong-太冲    LR4-Zhongfeng-中封    LR5-Ligou-蠡沟    LR6-Zhongdu-中都   LR7-Xiguan-膝关    LR8-Ququan-曲泉    LR9-Yinbao- 阴包   LR10-Zuwuli-足五里    LR11-Yinlian-阴廉    LR12-Jimai-急脉    LR14-Qimen-期门


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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