Stomach Luo-Connecting Channel

Although it's a secondary channel, where the Stomach Luo-connecting channel goes explains to acupuncturists why the acupuncture point Fenglong, Stomach 40, is so useful.

Note to readers! ...

This page is a bit abstruse if you're a beginner. It's not that the words are any, or at least, much, more difficult than on other pages, but this is about a subject usually taught some way into acupuncture courses.

So some of the concepts need your familiarity with other ideas in Chinese medicine.

Actually, I did this page, and other luo-connecting channel pages, for a few insistent patients, and for me.

It means I can look up both the channel and its symptoms  on my smartphone in case I forget them!

If it helps others, great.

For more information about this type of acupuncture channel, click on luo-connecting channels.

Pathway of the Stomach Luo-connecting channel

  • The Stomach Luo channel commences at Fenglong, Stomach 40, on the leg, lateral to the shin-bone.
  • It joins the primary channel of its Earth partner, the Spleen.
  • Separately, it extends up the leg, across the torso, to the nape of the neck.
  • From the neck it flows to the throat.
  • From the neck it also joins up with other channels and enters the head. 


  • Symptoms of Fullness: states alternating between manic 'fire-excess' symptoms to withdrawal and cutting-off
  • Symptoms of Emptiness: shin flesh and muscles, especially those at the front, emaciate or lose substance. Feet musculature loses tone and shape. As with all conditions of emptiness like this, other points - often local to the condition - along the primary channel may be needed to direct the Qi to where it is needed.
  • Symptoms of counter-flow Qi (ie Qi not flowing its 'natural' way, in this case, downwards): throat pain or blockage, and loss of voice - aphasia. 
  • Symptoms of Wind: dislike of cold, with fever, sore throat, swelling of tonsils, and aching jaw (alternatively, paralysis or numbness of the face)
  • Symptoms of Damp: dislike of cold, with fever. Nausea and vomiting. Feeling of heaviness in the epigastrium; swollen neck glands.
  • Symptoms of Cold: pain, vomiting, severe epigastric pain
  • For more, see Stomach 40.


  • The Stomach luo pathway explains its potential:
  • Calming point for mental/emotional stress, including mania
  • Clears phlegm from the head, as in mental confusion and anxiety, but also the foggy state you feel during a bad cold, AND the actual phlegm-catarrh you get that blocks your nose and sinuses
  • A good point for use where you've lost your voice, especially if from emotions or anxiety affecting the Stomach
  • Pain in the neck associated with Stomach channel problems
  • A useful point for phlegm causing neck-area glandular swellings, as in the thyroid in goitre, if the Stomach channel or Stomach and Spleen zang-fu are involved

Links to Luo-connecting channels

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