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Governing Vessel Indications

AcuPoint Functions Indications Special Notes
GV 1** prevents rectal prolapse; stops diarrhea; opens CV and GV - (all of these are weak) diarrhea; constipation; coccyx pain; hemorrhoids; rectal prolapse; rectal bleeding Luo point - KD, GB, and CV meridians cross with GV - helps with prolapse and spleen meridian can as well
GV 2**   hemorrhoids (after GV1), low back pain (local pain, stiffness, and from cold) has a weak function of warming the lower burner (in theory, but not used clinically)
GV 3*** tonifies and warms kidney yang, benefits lower back and knees, eliminates cold and damp from low back and knees low back pain, paralysis of lower limbs, muscular atrophy of the legs, similar to GV4, but not as strong - good yang tonifier, but rarely used because GV4 is stronger, sometimes used as an adjunct to an impotence point prescription
GV 4**** nourishes source qi, strengthens kidneys/yang, benefits lumbar vertebrae and spine, increases kidney fire low back pain or sprain, 5am diarrhea, enuresis, spermattorhea, impotence, leukorrhea, irregular menstruation, endometriosis, peritonitis, spinal myelitis, sciatica, nephritis, sequelae of infantile paralysis, asthma due to deficient kidney not grasping l very important and very strong, no point nourishes kidney fire like GV4, burning moxa will warm the abdomen, similar to CV 4 in many ways, need a kidney deficiency to use this point (except for a kidney yin deficiency) - Combos: for male sexual problems
GV 5* one star local point - not important    
GV 6*      
GV 7*      
GV 8** treats muscle spasms spasms of tendons and muscles - especially in back LV shu level
GV 9** transforms damp heat, but weak   level with diaphragm shu and blood shu
GV 10* one star local point   one level below HT shu and can be used for spirit problems related to restlessness, can use moxa to calm
AcuPoint Functions Indications Special Notes
GV 11** calms heart and mind   reinforces HT shu, can use moxa here for calming
GV 12** tonifies lungs   level with LU shu and back up point for LU shu, can be used for lung melancholy
GV 13** can use for releasing the exterior if you cannot needle GV 14 for some reason   BL meridian crosses here, similar to GV 14 but less powerful
GV 14*** relieves exterior conditions, opens yang and spreads yang to extremities, tonifies wei qi, reduces fever, clears heat, fire, and summer heat, can moxa for OPI prevention OPI, cold , seizures, asthma used with Ding chuan, pain in shoulder, neck pain and rigidity (flexion and extension), any febrile disease, tai yang stage (OPI wind cold) use GV 14 to disperse and cause a sweat, yang ming stage (lung heat) use GV 14 to toni meeting point of all yang meridians, can be used with GV 4 to propel yang energy further around body, disperse with OPI wind heat, tonify with cold hands; to release exterior use GV 14, LU 7, LI 4; build wei qi with GV 14, ST 36, and BL 13 (only when path
GV 15** benefits the tongue and mouth; clears the senses and consciousness; clears the voice; aphasia related mouth problems apoplexy after stroke; may not help voice box injury but worth a try yang wei meridian crosses at GV 15; deep needling and upward oblique is contraindicated; needle shallow (.5 cun)
GV 16*** dispels wind cold heat; dispels interior wind can be used for any of the common wind symptoms: stiff neck, numbness, stroke rarely used because other points that are easier to use are more common
GV 17* disperses wind    
GV 18* local for headaches    
GV 19* local point for headaches    
GV 20**** clears the senses; calms the spirit; extinguishes liver wind (as relates to vertex headache); stabilizes ascending yang (lifts yang up, lifts the spirit); clears strong heat in yang channels (point can resuscitate from loss of consciousness) vertex headache; frontal headache from sinus congestion; dizziness; hypertension; insomnia; seizures (wind); prolapse (lifts energy up); hemorrhoids; diarrhea; vaginal bleeding; tinnitus; nasal obstruction and congestion; stroke; locked jaw; hemiplegia; f all yang meridians cross here; often called the "elevator point" because it can bring qi up and bring qi down; often combined with SP points because the spleen holds things up as well; end of the liver channel
AcuPoint Functions Indications Special Notes
GV 21* local point    
GV 22* local point   don't needle before 18 months of age because fontanels are not closed
GV 23*** clears the nasal cavity; headache; rhinitis; any nose problems involving obstruction; can burn moxa of 3-5 cones for sinus problems; ghost point and can be used for mental disorders, but not seen often these days
GV 24** benefits the nose; sedates the heart and spirit; local headache (frontal and sinus); seizures; BL and ST cross here; all points from GV 20 to hairline can be used for sinus problems if tender
GV 25* clears senses and drains heat   rarely used
GV 26*** clears the senses; benefits the lumbar spine loss of consciousness; acute low back sprain; sick; drowning; coma; heat exhaustion; seizures Diane - good point for first trimester nausea; a famous emergency point; LI and ST dross here
GV 27* local    
GV 28* local   CV and GV cross here

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