CV 4

Acupuncture Point Theory

CV 4 Acupuncture Point Applications and Theory

The acupuncture point "CV 4" , 關元, is represented by "Guan Yuan" in pinyin and "Origin Pass" in english and may be found:

2 cun above CV 2 (pubic symphysis).


Of many possible clinical applications, it may be considered to influence the following issues/symptoms:

  • Generally, useful for deficiencies of Yin, Yang, Qi & Blood.
  • Main point for tonifying Prenatal Qi - exhaustion, weakness, chronic fatigue/diseases.
  • Main point for Kidney deficiencies of Qi, Jing a/or Yang - low back pain, bone disorders, early morning (5 a.m., "cock-crow") diarrhea. rectal prolapse.
  • Genito-urinary issues with Deficient a/or Cold Patterns - incontinence, clear copious urine, nocturia.
  • Main point for all menstrual disorders with Deficient, Cold a/or Stagnation Patterns - scanty menstruation, pale blood.
  • Sexual / Fertility Issues - infertility, impotence, seminal emission, amenorrhea, bleeding during pregnancy.
  • Yang collapse - chills, profuse sweating, SOB, unconsciousness.
  • Tong Ren/Tam Healing System: An important point for the storage and development of Qi (energy), useful for deficiency conditions - weakness, shortness of breath, sexual issues. May also be used in Tong Ren (no needling) to ease delivery.  

CV 4 has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).

No Deep Needling (NDN)
No Perpendicular Needling (NPN) No Deep Needling in Pregnancy, No Perpendicular Needling in Advanced Pregnancy


Cv 4 has the following theoretical associations which serve as important guideposts in designing an effective treatment protocol:

Explore cv 4 functional grouping theory - MuShu.

While not necessarily valid clinically, KD 13 (KD 11, KD 12, KD 13, KD 14 & KD 15 all inters…) and ST 28 (Excess Cold/Damp Issues of the Lower Warmer - ret…) are nearby.

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