GV 4 Acupuncture Point

Governing Vessel 4, Abbreviated as GV 4, also known as DU 4, Transliterated Mingmen in Chinese, Life Gate in English.

GV 4 Acupuncture Point Location:

On the lumbar region, on the posterior median line, in the depression below the spinous process of the 2nd lumbar vertebra.

GV 4 Acupuncture Point Indications:

  • Spermatorrhea, impotence
  • Irregular menstruation, leukorrhea
  • Diarrhea
  • Stiffness and pain of the lumbar

GV 4 Acupuncture Point Benefits:

Tonifies Kidney Qi and Yang, tonifies Original Qi, nourishes Essence, clears Heat, strengthens the lumbar region and knees.


GV 4 is one of the most effective points to tonify Yang and strengthen the constitution. It is especially efficacious if moxa is also used on the point.