GV 26 Acupuncture Point - Shui Gou - Governing Vessel Meridian

  • Chinese Name Shui Gou
  • English Name Water Trough
     
  • Location: At the junction of the upper and middle third of the philtrum.
     
  • Precautions: No Moxa.
     
  • Point Associations:
  • Ghost Point
  • Intersecting Point of the Governing Vessel, Large Intestine & Stomach Channels
  • Command Point
     
  • Actions & Effects:
  • One of two Command Points (with PC 6) added to the original four, for fainting, collapse. Main point for restoring consciousness, for shock, revivial from fainting, weakness, helps patient to awaken, use fingernail in an emergency.
  • Main point for acute low back sprain, helps relieve pain and restore motion, moves stagnation at the opposite end of the channel. After obtaining the Qi, have pateint bend then rotate the waist.
  • Nosebleed, nasal discharge issues, problems with olfactory sensations (smell).
  • Manic-depression and other strong shen disturbances, epilepsy (seizures).
     
  • Governing Vessel Meridian Points (28):
    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28

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