DU15 (Governing Vessel 15) - Acupuncture Point Information

Chinese Name: Yamen
English Name: Mute Door

Precautions: Needling this point at the incorrect angle or depth is extremely dangerous.

Location: Between the spinous processes of the 1st and 2nd cervical vertebrae, in the depression 0.5 cun within the hairline at the midpoint of the nap and 0.5 cun below Fengfu (DU16).


Point of intersection of Dumai and Yangweimai, one of the Nine Needles to Return Yang (from the Ming Dynasty "Song of Nine Needles to Return Yang" in Zhen Jiu Ju Ying by Gao We [1529]).


Clears the senses and consciousness.

Primary Indications:

Sudden loss of voice (aphonia, aphasia).

Secondary Indications:


Tertiary Indications:

Psychosis, wind-stroke, neck stiffness, headache, epistaxis.

Other Indications:

Meningitis, stiffness of vertebral column cerebral paralysis, incomplete maturation of brain, hysteria, no sweating despite Yang symptoms, all fullnesses due to Yang.


This information is from the book Acupuncture Point Dynamics and has been used with permission from the author John McDonald.

View other points on the Governing Vessel:

(DU1, DU2, DU3, DU4, DU5, DU6, DU7, DU8, DU9, DU10, DU11, DU12, DU13, DU14, DU15, DU16, DU17, DU18, DU19, DU20, DU21, DU22, DU23, DU24, DU25, DU26)

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