GV 3

Acupuncture Point Theory

GV 3 Acupuncture Point Applications and Theory

The acupuncture point "GV 3" , 腰陽關, is represented by "Yao Yang Guan" in pinyin and "Lumbar Yang Pass" in english and may be found:


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

  • Warming point for cold or cold damp in the lower warmer, often treated with moxa for low back pain from deficiency, women's discharges (leukorrhea) due to cold, dysmenorrhea, irregular menstruation, impotence, seminal emission, infertility, incontienence, colities, edema, pain or weakness of the lower limb or knee.
  • Name is "lumbar gate" or "lumbar hinge," at this point the low back bends in flexion, treat for pain when bending forward.
  • Differentiation: GV 3 is a more local point whereas GV 4 is for back pain resulting from yang deficiency  

While not necessarily valid clinically, EX Huatuojiaji at L4 (L4 innervates the large intestine and is used for…), EX Yaoyan (Low back pain, especially from deficient KD ) and UB 25 (Main point for low back pain especially when rela…) are nearby.

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