Chengman ST-20

Chinese: 承满

Pinyin: Chéng Mǎn


5 cun above the umbilicus and 2 cun lateral to the anterior midline, or 1 cun below Burong ST-19

How to locate

There are 8 cun between the sternocostal angle and the center of the umbilicus. Chengman ST-20 is 3 cun below the sternocostal angle and 5 cun above the umbilicus. It is also 2 cun lateral to the anterior midline. It is 1 cun below Burong ST-19. 

Depends on the shape of the thorax, the location might be either on the rib or on the abdomen.


Main actions

  1. Harmonizes the Middle Burner
  2. Subdues Rebellious Qi


Vertically 0.5–1 cun.

As each patient's thorax shape varies, the point may fall on the lower border of the ribcage or on the ribcage. If the actual point location on the lower ribcage, needle transversely on the rib or locate the point more medially, or choose an alternative point. 

Caution: Peritoneum

Commentary for Chengman ST-20

Chengman ST-20's functions are very similar to Burong ST-19's.

It can be used for almost all types of Full Stomach patterns, including Stomach Qi Stagnation, Rebellious Stomach Qi, Dampness in the Stomach or Retention of Food. Typical symptoms are feeling of fullness in the epigastrium, sour regurgitation, nausea, epigastric distension and pain, vomiting or lack of appetite. 

On the other hand, it can also subdues Rebellious Lung Qi, characterized by coughing or short of breath.