GV 12

Acupuncture Point Theory

GV 12 Acupuncture Point Applications and Theory

The acupuncture point "GV 12" , 身柱, is represented by "Shen Zhu" in pinyin and "Body Pillar" in english and may be found:


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

  • Heat in the lungs and chest, cough, asthma, chest pain, mentioned classically for whooping cough (use cupping).
  • Supporting point for chronic conditions affecting the lungs, for deficiency asthma, exhaustion from deficient Lung qi.
  • Used for strengthening deficiencies and promoting strong development in children, epilepsy.
  • Classically noted for "seeing ghosts" and "rage with desire to kill" (deadman text) -  which can indicate a range of stronger modern psychological issues such as schizophrenia, manic depression, bipolar depression.  It does this by clearning excess heat from heart and lungs (i.e. chest), which can lead to an unsettled spirit.  

While not necessarily valid clinically, EX Huatuojiaji at T3 (T3 innervates the lung and lymph systems and is u…), UB 13 (Main point for all Lung related issues from a TCM…) and UB 42 (Reinforce the Lung Shu (UB 13) for Lung related d…) are nearby.

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