KD 21

Acupuncture Point Theory

KD 21 Acupuncture Point Applications and Theory

The acupuncture point "KD 21" , 幽門, is represented by "Youmen" in pinyin and "Dark Gate" in english and may be found:

6 cun above CV 8, .5 cun lateral to CV 14.


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

  • Local point for abdominal and intestinal pain and functional issues.
  • Reflux, vomiting, food stagnation, dystenary - harmonizes stomach.
  • Liver stagnation affecting the breasts - insufficient lactation, breast distention.

KD 21 has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).

No Deep Needling (NDN)
Avoid liver on the right side.


Kd 21 has the following theoretical associations which serve as important guideposts in designing an effective treatment protocol:

  • Intersection Point of the KD & Chong Mai Meridians

Explore kd 21 functional grouping theory - Shokanten - Nine Continent.

A single acupuncture point is not commonly thought of as an empirical way to influence a TCM diagnostic pattern. KD21, however, is a strong candidate to be incorporated into an acupuncture protocol for patients who exhibit: Liver Qi Stagnation, Stomach Food Stagnation and/or Stomach Rebellious Qi

KD 21 may potentially be used, in coordination with a well designed acupuncture treatment protocol, to influence the following conditions: Abdominal Pain, Acid Reflux Disease (GERD), Breast Distention, Dysentary, Insufficient Lactation and/or Vomiting

While not necessarily valid clinically, CV 14 (Any Shen or Heart issue arising from an Excess or…), LV 14 (Strong effect on the middle and upper warmers - s…) and ST 19 (Abdominal pain, bloating, vomiting (rebellious st…) are nearby.

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