(GV) Governing Vessel Meridian - Point Functions Chart

You may click on a specific acupuncture point for more detailed information including the location, functions, precautions and the chinese and english names.

Points
Functions
GV 1 luo connecting; hemorrhoids from excess or deficiency; anus issues; genitourinary disorders; 5 lin; coccyx issues
GV 2 alt. to GV 1; warming cold in the lower warmer; coccyx pain
GV 3 local point; warming cold, cold damp in the lower warmer (moxa)
GV 4 "ming men;" tonify KD Qi, Yang & Jing, low back pain, impotence, weakness; disorders of the elderly; clears heat from whole body; KD Yin Deficiency; steaming bone disorder; tiredness from overwork, stress
GV 6 local spine issues; reinforce UB 20 SP Shu, diarrhea, abdominal pain and distention
GV 7 reinforce UB 19 GB Shu
GV 8 reinforce UB 18 LV Shu; sinew spasms, muscle tightness/contraction; emotional imbalances; epigastric, cardiac pain; middle jiao issues
GV 9 reinforce UB 17 Diaphragm Shu; middle/upper jiao issues; asthma; SOB; chest/flank pain; LV/GB esp. damp heat, jaundice
GV 10 reinforce UB 16 GV Shu; hot blood; infections, boils, acne
GV 11 reinforce UB 15 HT Shu; spirit issues; HT a/or LU deficiencies (GV 12 more for excess), anxiety, fogginess
GV 12 reinforce UB 13 LU Shu; LU heat, cough, asthma; LU excess and deficiencies; promote strong development in children; excess type emotional imbalances, rage, antisocial behavior; skin disorders, boils
GV 13 steaming bone disorder, inflammation issues, malaria
GV 14 meeting all yang; release the exterior, wind-cold, wind-heat; fever; neck, upper back pain; tonify wei qi
GV 15 throat issues, speech issues; occipital headache
GV 16 wind issues from exterior or inferior; headache, dizziness; window of the sky point; sea of marrow point
GV 20 headache, dizziness; internal LV wind; prolapse
GV 23 nose issues, congestion, rhinitis; sinus headache
GV 24 frontal headache; sinusitis
GV 25 restore consciousness
GV 26 command point for fainting, collapse; acute low back sprain

Sources and More Information

The information on our site is drawn from our own lecture notes and clinical experience. The following lecture notes were used within this section:

  • Ferro, Barbara: New England School of Acupuncture, Point Location Lecture Notes
  • Hartstein, Rachel: New England School of Acupuncture, Actions & Effects Lecture Notes

For a complete list of valuable resources, see our Acupuncture Theory Resources section. The most recommended texts are below:

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