GV 23

Acupuncture Point Theory

GV 23 Acupuncture Point Applications and Theory

The acupuncture point "GV 23" , 上星, is represented by "Shang Xing" in pinyin and "Upper Star" in english and may be found:

1 cun posterior to the AHL and .5 cun posterior to GV 24.


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

  • Main point for nose problems, nasal congestion, rhinitis, nasal polyps, sinus headache.
  • Eye/Vision issues - shortsightedness, visual dizziness, painful/red eyes.
  • Facial swelling.
  • Psychological issues, primarily with wind derived mania symptoms from a TCM perspective.
  • Tong Ren/Tam Healing System: Used for face and cervical issues, useful for sinus congestion, eye issues, and neck pain/cervical disc issues.  

GV 23 has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).

Avoid Moxa (MX)
No needling in infants with metopism


Gv 23 has the following theoretical associations which serve as important guideposts in designing an effective treatment protocol:

  • Ghost Point

Explore gv 23 functional grouping theory - Ghost Point.

While not necessarily valid clinically, UB 5 (Local point for headache and/or eye pain. Epilep…) are nearby.

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