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Governor (Du) Vessel

Regional Anatomy:
The layer structures of the needle insertion are the same as those in Jizhong (GV6) (GV 6).
In the superficial layer, there are the medial cutaneous branches of the posterior branches of the 9th thoracic nerve and the accompanying artery and vein.In the deep layer, there are the external (posterior) vertebral venous plexus between the adjacent spinous processes, the branches of the posterior branches of the 9th thoracic nerve and the branches or tributaries of the dorsal branches of the dorsal branches of the 9th posterior intercostal artery and vein.


Location:
Lie prostrate or pronely; firstly, locate ZhiyangGV9(Zhiyang (GV9)) on the lower side of spinous process of the 7th thoracic vertebra about at the same level of the angulus inferior scapula, then locate by passing the 2nd spinous processes below ZhiyangGV9(GV9), in the depression at the lower side of it.
Function:
Relieving rigidity of muscles, relieving convulsion and calming wind.


Indications:
Epilepsy, stiffness of the back, and gastric pain.


Prescription:
Combined use with FengchiGB20 (Fengchi (GB20)) for treatment of aphasia; with NeiguanPC6 (Neiguan (PC6) Luo-Connecting Point the Eight Confluent Point) for treatment of gastric spasm; and with ShuigouGV26 (Shuigou (GV26)) for treatment of hysteria.


Methods:
Insert the needle obliquely to upward 0.5-1 cun depth; needling response: local numbness and distention; moxibustion: using 3-5 moxa-cones, or mild moxibustion for 10 min.
Note:
Be careful not to injure the spinal cord when puncturing.

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