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Governing Vessel Meridian Acupuncture Points

Acupuncture Meridian - Governing Vessel

Governing Vessel Meridian Points

  • GV 1: chang qiang / Long Strong
    • Function: Regulates Governing and Conception vessels, resolves damp-heat, calms the mind.
    • Indications: Diarrhea, bloody stools, hemorrhoids, prolapse of the rectum, constipation, pain in the lower back, epilepsy.
  • GV 2: yao shu / Lumbar Transporter
    • Function: Extinguishes interior wind, calms spasms and convulsions, strengthens lower back.
    • Indications: Irregular menstruation, pain and stiffness of the lower back, hemorrhoids, muscular atrophy of the lower extremities, epilepsy.
  • GV 3: (yao) yang guan / (Lumbar) Yang Pass
    • Function: Strengthens the lower back, tonifies yang, strengthens the legs.
    • Indications: Irregular menstruation, nocturnal emission, impotence, pain in the lumbosacral region, muscular atrophy, motor impairment, numbness and pain of the lower extremities, epilepsy.
  • GV 4: mung men / Life Gate
    • Function: Tonifies Kidney yang, nourishes original Qi, warms gate of vitality, expels cold, strengthens the lower back, benefits essence.
    • Indications: Stiffness of the back, lumbago, impotence, nocturnal emission, indigestion, irregular menstruation, diarrhea, leukorrhea.
  • GV 5: xuan shu / Suspended Pivot
    • Function: Fortifies the Spleen and harmonizes the Stomach, strengthens the lumbar and knees.
    • Indications: Pain and stiffness of the lower back, diarrhea, indigestion.
  • GV 6: ji zhong / Spinal Center
    • Function: Fortifies the Spleen and disinhibits damp, supplements the Kidneys and stems desertion, strengthens the lumbar.
    • Indications: Pain in the epigastric region, diarrhea, jaundice epilepsy, stiffness and pain of the back.
  • GV 7: zhong shu / Central Pivot
    • Function: Supplements the Kidneys and strengthens the lumbar, harmonizes the Stomach and relieves pain.
    • Indications: Pain in the epigastric region, lower back pain, stiffness of the back.
  • GV 8: jin suo / Sinew Contraction
    • Function: Relaxes the sinews, eliminates interior wind.
    • Indications: Epilepsy, stiffness of the back, gastric pain.
  • GV 9: zhi yang / Extremity of Yang
    • Function: Regulates Liver and Gallbladder, moves Qi, opens chest and diaphragm, resolves damp-heat.
    • Indications: Jaundice, cough, asthma, stiffness of the back, pain in the chest and back.
  • GV 10: ling tai / Spirit Tower
    • Function: Diffuses the Lung and suppresses cough, frees the channels and quickens the connecting vessel.
    • Indications: Cough, asthma, furuncles, back pain, neck rigidity.
  • GV 11: shen dao / Spirit Path
    • Function: Regulates the Heart, calms the mind.
    • Indications: Poor memory, anxiety, palpitation, pain and stiffness of the back, cough, cardiac pain.
  • GV 12: shen zhu / Body Pillar
    • Function: Eliminates interior wind, calms spasms, tonifies Lung Qi, strengthens the body.
    • Indications: Cough, asthma, epilepsy, pain and stiffness of the back, furuncles.
  • GV 13: tao dao / Kiln Path
    • Function: Stiffness of the back, headache, malaria, febrile diseases.
    • Indications: Clears heat, releases the exterior, regulates the Lesser Yang.
  • GV 14: da zhui / Great Hammer
    • Function: Clears heat, releases the exterior, expels wind, regulates nutritive and defensive Qi, clears the mind, tonifies the yang.
    • Indications: Neck pain and rigidity, malaria, febrile diseases, epilepsy, afternoon fever, cough, asthma, common cold, back stiffness.
  • GV 15: ya men / Mute’s Gate
    • Function: Clears the mind, stimulates speech.
    • Indications: Mental disorders, epilepsy, deafness and mute, sudden hoarseness of voice, apoplexy, stiffness of the tongue and aphasia, occipital headache, neck rigidity.
  • GV 16: feng fu / Wind Mansion
    • Function: Eliminates wind, clears the mind, benefits the brain.
    • Indications: Headache, neck rigidity, blurring of vision, epistaxis, sore throat, post-apoplexy, aphasia, hemiplegia, mental disorders.
  • GV 17: nao hu / Brain’s Door
    • Function: Eliminates wind, benefits the brain, clears the mind.
    • Indications: Epilepsy, dizziness, pain and stiffness of the neck.
  • GV 18: qiang jian / Unyielding Space
    • Function: Calms the Liver and extinguishes wind, soothes the sinews and quickens the connecting vessel.
    • Indications: Headache, neck rigidity, blurring of vision, mania.
  • GV 19: hou ding / Behind the Vertex
    • Function: Calms the mind.
    • Indications: Headache, vertigo, epilepsy, mania.
  • GV 20: bai hui / Hundred Convergences
    • Function: Clears the mind, lifts the spirits, tonifies yang, strengthens the ascending function of the Spleen, eliminates interior wind, promotes resuscitation.
    • Indications: Headache, vertigo, tinnitus, nasal obstruction, aphasia by apoplexy, coma, mental disorders, prolapse of the rectum and the uterus.
  • GV 21: qian ding / Before the Vertex
    • Function: Extinguishes wind and relieves tetany, frees the connecting vessels and disperses swelling, stabilizes the spirit.
    • Indications: Epilepsy, dizziness, blurring of vision, vertical headache, rhinorrhea.
  • GV 22: xin hui / Fontanel Meeting
    • Function: Calms the Liver and extinguishes wind, opens the portals and settles fright.
    • Indications: Headache, blurring of vision, rhinorrhea, infantile convulsion.
  • GV 23: shang xing / Upper Star
    • Function: Opens the nose.
    • Indications: Headache, ophthalmalgia, epistaxis, rhinorrhea, mental disorders.
  • GV 24: shen ting / Spirit Court
    • Function: Calms the mind.
    • Indications: Epilepsy, anxiety, vertigo, palpitation, insomnia, headache, rhinorrhea.
  • GV 25: su liao / White Bone-Hole
    • Function: Discharges heat and opens the portals, returns yang and stems counterflow.
    • Indications: Loss of consciousness, nasal obstruction, epistaxis, rhinorrhea, rosacea.
  • GV 26: shui gou / Water Trough
    • Function: Promotes resuscitation, benefits the lumbar spine.
    • Indications: Mental disorders, epilepsy, hysteria, infantile convulsion, coma, deviation of the mouth, apoplexy-faint, trismus, puffiness of the face, pain and stiffness of the lower back.
  • GV 27: dui duan / Extremity of the Mouth
    • Function: Nourishes yin and clears heat, relieves pain and quiets the spirit.
    • Indications: Mental disorders, lip twitching, lip stiffness, pain and swelling of the gums.
  • GV 28: yin jiao / Gum Intersection
    • Function: Diffuses the Lung and frees the portals, clears heat and drains fire, brightens the eyes and relieves itching.
    • Indications: Mental disorders, pain and swelling of the gums, rhinorrhea.

Related Pages

The 12 Primary Meridians

The 2 Major Extraordinary Vessels

The 6 Minor Extraordinary Vessels