Governing Vessel Acupuncture Points

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Acupuncture Meridian - Governing Vessel

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.

Point

Chinese

English

Function

Indications

GV 1

chang qiang

Long Strong

Regulates Governing and Directing vessels, resolves damp-heat, calms the mind.

Diarrhea, bloody stools, hemorrhoids, prolapse of the rectum, constipation, pain in the lower back, epilepsy.

GV 2

yao shu

Lumbar Transporter

Extinguishes interior wind, calms spasms and convulsions, strengthens lower back.

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

Strengthens the lower back, tonifies yang, strengthens the legs.

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

Tonifies Kidney yang, nourishes original Qi, warms gate of vitality, expels cold, strengthens the lower back, benefits essence.

Stiffness of the back, lumbago, impotence, nocturnal emission, indigestion, irregular menstruation, diarrhea, leukorrhea.

GV 5

xuan shu

Suspended Pivot

Fortifies the Spleen and harmonizes the Stomach, strengthens the lumbar and knees.

Pain and stiffness of the lower back, diarrhea, indigestion.

GV 6

ji zhong

Spinal Center

Fortifies the Spleen and disinhibits damp, supplements the Kidneys and stems desertion, strengthens the lumbar.

Pain in the epigastric region, diarrhea, jaundice epilepsy, stiffness and pain of the back.

GV 7

zhong shu

Central Pivot

Supplements the Kidneys and strengthens the lumbar, harmonizes the Stomach and relieves pain.

Pain in the epigastric region, lower back pain, stiffness of the back.

GV 8

jin suo

Sinew Contraction

Relaxes the sinews, eliminates interior wind.

Epilepsy, stiffness of the back, gastric pain.

GV 9

zhi yang

Extremity of Yang

Regulates Liver and Gallbladder, moves Qi, opens chest and diaphragm, resolves damp-heat.

Jaundice, cough, asthma, stiffness of the back, pain in the chest and back.

GV 10

ling ta

Spirit Tower

Diffuses the Lung and suppresses cough, frees the channels and quickens the connecting vessel.

Cough, asthma, furuncles, back pain, neck rigidity.

GV 11

shen dao

Spirit Path

Regulates the Heart, calms the mind.

Poor memory, anxiety, palpitation, pain and stiffness of the back, cough, cardiac pain.

GV 12

shen zhu

Body Pillar

Eliminates interior wind, calms spasms, tonifies Lung Qi, strengthens the body.

Cough, asthma, epilepsy, pain and stiffness of the back, furuncles.

GV 13

tao dao

Kiln Path

Stiffness of the back, headache, malaria, febrile diseases.

Clears heat, releases the exterior, regulates the Lesser Yang.

GV 14

da zhui

Great Hammer

Clears heat, releases the exterior, expels wind, regulates Nutritive and Defensive Qi, clears the mind, tonifies the yang.

Neck pain and rigidity, malaria, febrile diseases, epilepsy, afternoon fever, cough, asthma, common cold, back stiffness.

GV 15

ya men

Mute’s Gate

Clears the mind, stimulates speech.

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

Eliminates wind, clears the mind, benefits the brain.

Headache, neck rigidity, blurring of vision, epistaxis, sore throat, post-apoplexy, aphasia, hemiplegia, mental disorders.

GV 17

nao hu

Brain’s Door

Eliminates wind, benefits the brain, clears the mind.

Epilepsy, dizziness, pain and stiffness of the neck.

GV 18

qiang jian

Unyielding Space

Calms the Liver and extinguishes wind, soothes the sinews and quickens the connecting vessel.

Headache, neck rigidity, blurring of vision, mania.

GV 19

hou ding

Behind the Vertex

Calms the mind.

Headache, vertigo, epilepsy, mania.

GV 20

bai hui

Hundred Convergences

Clears the mind, lifts the spirits, tonifies yang, strengthens the ascending function of the Spleen, eliminates interior wind, promotes resuscitation.

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

Extinguishes wind and relieves tetany, frees the connecting vessels and disperses swelling, stabilizes the spirit.

Epilepsy, dizziness, blurring of vision, vertical headache, rhinorrhea.

GV 22

xin hui

Fontanel Meeting

Calms the Liver and extinguishes wind, opens the portals and settles fright.

Headache, blurring of vision, rhinorrhea, infantile convulsion.

GV 23

shang xing

Upper Star

Opens the nose.

Headache, ophthalmalgia, epistaxis, rhinorrhea, mental disorders.

GV 24

shen ting

Spirit Court

Calms the mind.

Epilepsy, anxiety, vertigo, palpitation, insomnia, headache, rhinorrhea.

GV 25

su liao

White Bone-Hole

Discharges heat and opens the portals, returns yang and stems counterflow.

Loss of consciousness, nasal obstruction, epistaxis, rhinorrhea, rosacea.

GV 26

shui gou (also called: ren zhong)

Water Trough (also called: Human Center)

Promotes resuscitation, benefits the lumbar spine.

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

Nourishes yin and clears heat, relieves pain and quiets the spirit.

Mental disorders, lip twitching, lip stiffness, pain and swelling of the gums.

GV 28

yin jiao

Gum Intersection

Diffuses the Lung and frees the portals, clears heat and drains fire, brightens the eyes and relieves itching.

Mental disorders, pain and swelling of the gums, rhinorrhea.