The Governing Vessel...
”The Conception vessel and the Governing vessel are like midnight and midday, they are the polar axis of the body ... there is one source and two branches, one goes to the front and the other to the back of the body ... When we try to divide these, we see that yin and yang are inseparable. When we try to see them as one, we see that it is an indivisible whole.”
These vessels connect the uterus with the kidneys, heart, and brain.
Regulating the Governing and Conception Vessels is a priority in Medical Qigong practice.
Along these vessels, the Yang Fire and Yin Essence flow up and down the body, fusing the Water and Fire energies together (Five Elements Healing).
This fusion facilitates a Yin and Yang balance throughout the body.
The Governing Vessel Meridian is yang in nature and starts from the uterus, runs down to the central region of the pelvis around the genitals and into the external orifice of the urethra in women and around the penis in men.
It passes by the anus, moves upward from inside the coccyx and sacrum and enters the brain.
The external portion runs to the lower end of the nose bridge and ends at the gum.
Governing Vessel Meridian Branches:
* The first branch runs side by side with the kidney meridian, enters the spine from the coccyx and sacrum region and links with the kidney.
* The second branch runs side by side with the bladder meridian, ascends from the corner of the eye, reaches the vertex (upper most part of the head) and links with the brain. Then it runs downward the neck beside the spine.
* The third branch arises directly from the uterus and through the umbilicus, then passes through the heart, enters the throat, comes to the mandible, runs around the lips and ends below the eyes.
Governing Vessel Meridian Acu-Points
GV1 - Changqiang - Constipation, hemorrhoids, prolaps of rectum, depressive or manic psychosis, epilepsy, rigid and arched back, pain in the coccyx and sacrum area.
GV2 - Yaoshu - Stiffness and pain in the loins and spine, irregular menstruation, hemorrhoids, epilepsy.
GV3 - Yaoyangguan - Pain in the loins and sacral region, irregular menstruation, impotence.
GV4 - Mingmen - Stiffness and pain in the loins and spine, irregular menstruation, morning diarrhea, impotence.
GV5 - Xuanshu - Local point for low back pain, diarrhea, indigestion, poor assimilation (undigested food in stools), panic attacks, abdominal pain, indigestion, hernias.
GV6 - Jizhong - Hemorrhoids, prolapse of the rectum, stiffnes and pain in the loins and spine, epilepsy, diarrhea, jaundice.
GV7 - Zhongshu - Local point for back pain. Epigastric pain, abdominal pain and/or bloating, poor appetite, amenorrhea.
GV8 - Jinsuo - Stiffness of spine, depression, epilepsy, stomachache, jaundice.
GV9 - Zhiyang - Distending pain in the chest and hypochondria, jaundice, caugh, stiffness of the spine and back.
GV10 - Lingtai - Cough, asthma, stiffness of spine and back.
GV11 - Shendao - Angina pectoris, palpitations, amnesia, insomnia, cough, asthma, stiffness of spine and back.
GV12 - Shenzhu - Cough, asthma, epilepsy, pain and stiffness in the spine and back.
GV13 - Taodao - Headache, stiff neck, stiffness of the spine, aversion to cold, fever, cough, asthma, epilepsy and malaria.
GV14 - Dazhui - Headache, stiffness of neck, cough, asthma, night sweating, epilepsy, febrile disease and malaria.
GV15 - Yamen - Sudden loss of voice, headache, stiff neck depressive psychosis, epilepsy.
GV16 - Fengfu - Epilepsy, stiff neck, headache, dizziness, sore throat and loss of voice.
GV17 - Naohu - Headache, dizziness, loss of voice, stiff neck, manic and depressive psychosis.
GV18 - Qiangjian - Headache, vertigo, facial distortion, stiff neck, epilepsy and insomnia.
GV19 - Houding - Headache, vertigo, stiffness and pain in neck, manic and depressive psychosis, epilepsy and insomnia.
GV20 - Baihui - Headache, vertigo, wind stroke, insomnia, prolonged diarrhea.
GV21 - Qianding - Headache, vertigo, sinusitis, redness, swelling and pain of eyes, epilepsy.
GV22 - Xinhui - Headache, vertigo, sinusitis, nasal polyp, redness, swelling and pain of eyes, epilepsy.
GV23 - Shangxing - Nasal obstruction, sinusitis, headache, vertigo, pain of eyes, epilepsy and malaria.
GV24 - Shenting - Headache, vertigo, sinusitis, cataract, insomnia.
GV25 - Suliao - Sinusitis, nasal polyp, running nose, unconsciousness, convulsion and suffocation.
GV26 - Shuigou - Unconsciousness, depressive and manic psychosis, epilepsy, infantile convulsion, facial distortion, toothache, lockjaw, nasal obstruction, stiff neck.
GV27 - Dui Duan - Problems of the mouth and sinuses - tongue ulcers, bad breath (halitosis), pain and/or swelling of the gums, nosebleed, nasal congestion, manic depression, epilepsy.
GV28 - Yinjiao - Swelling and pain of the gums, oral sore, psychosis.
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