DU3 (Governing Vessel 3) - Acupuncture Point Information

Chinese Name: Yaoyangguan
English Name: Lumbar Yang Pass/Hinge

Location: Below the spinous process of the 4th lumbar vertebra.


Regulates the Kidney Qi, benefits the lower back and knees, eliminates Cold Dampness.

Primary Indications:

Menstrual disorders, spermatorrhoea, pain in lumbosacral region, Wei and Bi syndromes of lower limbs.

Tertiary Indications:

Impotence, chronic enteritis, scrofula, vaginal discharge.

Other Indications:

Lower abdominal distension, hernia, continuous vomiting, myelitis.


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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