The Governing Vessels Meridian (The Du Channel)

This meridian is not linked to any organ but it possesses a governing influence on all the yang channels of the body. The word Du means “governor“.

Total number of points: 28.

Starting point: In the perineum in between coccyx and the anus.

Terminal point: Junction of the upper lip and gum.

Pathway: This meridian originates in the pelvic cavity, runs downwards
and emerges externally in between the tip of the coccyx and anus. It then runs exactly in the posterior midline along the spinous processes of. the vertebral column, and then in the midline of the skull to reach vertex. It winds round the scalp and forehead to reach the columella of the nose, descends to frenulum of the upper lip and ends in between the junction of the upper lip and gum. In its course it communicates with the kidney in the lumbar region and brain near vertex.

 Therapeutic Indications

  1.  All the disorders along the pathway of channel.
  2.  Mental and neurological disorders.
  3.  Deaf mutism.
  4.  Anorectal and oral disorders.
  5.  Backache, spondylosis, ankylosing-spondylitis.
  6.  Febrile conditions.
  7.  Debility and other disorders associated with the low body resistance.

Description of the Selected Points

GV-4 Mingmen

Location: In the center of the inter-space between the dorsal spines of second and third lumbar vertebrae.

Indications: Nephritis, pyelitis, renal colic, enuresis, impotence, spermatorrhoea, sciatica, lumbago.

GV-6 Jizhong (Chichung)

Location: In the center of the inter-space between the eleventh and twelfth dorsal spines.

Indications: Epilepsy, jaundice, diarrhoea, prolapse of the anus in children, piles.

GV-14 Dazhui (Tachui)

Location: Midway between the spinous process of the seventh cervical and first thoracic vertebrae.

Indications: Infections, fever, heat stroke, bronchitis, asthma, frozen shoulder, severe backache, cervical spondylosis, torticollis, stiff neck, ankylosing spondylitis, epilepsy, headache, migraine, anxiety states.
Many times it is used in place of GV-20 (Baihui) for sedation when the patient in sensitive to that point.


       GV-4 (Mingmen). GV-6 (Jizhong)                                        GV-14 (Dezhui)

GV-20 Baihui (Paihui)

Location: On the scalp in the midline, 7 t-sun above the posterior hairline, 5 t-sun behind the anterior hairline, midway on a line connecting the apex of both the auricles (Fig. 7.83).

Indications: Epilepsy, schizophrenia, headache, vertigo, apoplexy, insomnia, neurasthenia, anxiety, Parkinsonism, bronchial asthma, psoriasis, impotence, premature ejaculation, cerebrovascular accidents, loss of memory, alopecia, pruritis ani.

GV-23 Shangxing (Shanghsiang)

Location: 4 t-sun anterior to  GV-20 (Baihui) in the midline.

Indications: Epistaxis, rhinitis, frontal sinusitis, frontal headache, stuffy nose, eye diseases, insomnia.


   GV-20 (Baihui), GV-23 (Shangxing)                                  GV-24 (Shentinf).

GV-24 Shenting

Location: 0.5 t-sun inside the anterior natural hair line in the midline.

Indications: Headache, frontal sinusitis, epilepsy, anxiety, insomnia, rhinitis, vertigo.

GV-26 Renzhong (Jenchung)

Location: At the center of the junction of the upper one-third and lower two-thirds of the philtrum of the upper lip.

Indications: All the indications of a jing-well point. Shock, heat-stroke, facial paralysis, epilepsy.


GV-26 (Renzhong)

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