KD 20

Acupuncture Point Theory

KD 20 Acupuncture Point Applications and Theory

The acupuncture point "KD 20" , 腹通谷, is represented by "Tonggu" in pinyin and "Open Valley" in english and may be found:

5 cun above CV 8, .5 cun lateral to CV 13.


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

  • Local point for abdominal and digestive issues.
  • Mania, epilepsy, palpitations, mouth/tongue deviation/swelling - largely through resolving phlegm.
  • Chest pain, coughing, wheezing.


Kd 20 has the following theoretical associations which serve as important guideposts in designing an effective treatment protocol:

  • Intersection Point of the KD & Chong Mai Meridians

A single acupuncture point is not commonly thought of as an empirical way to influence a TCM diagnostic pattern. KD20, however, is a strong candidate to be incorporated into an acupuncture protocol for patients who exhibit: Phlegm Misting the Heart

KD 20 may potentially be used, in coordination with a well designed acupuncture treatment protocol, to influence the following conditions: Chest Pain, Cough, Epilepsy (Seizure), Manic Depression, Palpitations and/or Wheezing (Dyspnea)

While not necessarily valid clinically, CV 13 ( CV 13 is useful for upper warmer issues (vomi…), GB 24 (LV & GB issues, especially involving heat and…) and ST 20 (Abdominal pain, bloating, hiccups, gastric pain, …) are nearby.

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