GV 4

Acupuncture Point Theory

GV 4 Acupuncture Point Applications and Theory

The acupuncture point "GV 4" , 命門, is represented by "Ming Men" in pinyin and "Life Gate" in english and may be found:


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

  • Clears heat from the whole body, for heat disorders of the five zang, malarial disorders, steaming bone disease (can be associated with Tubercolosis among other conditions, a feeling of heat very deep in the body - Kidney Yin Deficiency from a TCM perspective).
  • Main point for tonifying Kidney qi and yang, for low back pain, weak knees, copious nocturnal urination, impotence, seminal emissions, deficient cold menstrual disorders, dysmenorrhea, cold-type vaginal discharge, daybreak diarrhea (5 a.m.) - possibly diarrhea with blood in the stools. Works well with ginger moxa.
  • Adrenal exhaustion from stress or overwork, fatigue, lack of sexual vitality or sexual exhaustion.
  • Epilepsy, tinnitus, dizziness, fear, panic attacks a/or fright.
  • Hemorrhoids, rectal prolapse.  

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

Avoid Moxa (MX)
No moxa in males under 20 years of age.

While not necessarily valid clinically, UB 23 (For all Kidney system related issues from a Chine…) are nearby.

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