CV 8

Acupuncture Point Theory

CV 8 Acupuncture Point Applications and Theory

The acupuncture point "CV 8" , 神闕, is represented by "Shen Que" in pinyin and "Spirit Gate" in english and may be found:

In the center of the umbilicus.


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

  • Main point for extreme collapse of Yang especially leading to cold in the intestines - warms the stomach and helps digestive disorders.
  • Diarrhea, particularly from internal deficiency, but generally if other methods do not work.
  • Tonify body weakened from chronic illness/exhaustion.
  • Revival point from shock (esp. involving cold - hypothermia, frostbite), stroke, epilepsy.  

CV 8 has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).

No needling.

While not necessarily valid clinically, KD 16 (Cold a/or Dry effecting the lower abdomen a/or in…), SP 15 (Regulate the Qi of the Intestines - constipation,…) and ST 25 (All intestinal issues - constipation, diarrhea, d…) are nearby.

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