Governor vessel

Changqiang – GV1: Nomenclature, Functions, Indications, Method and Precaution



Chong: long       Qiang: strong
The spinal column is long and strong. Changqiang is at its lower end.
English name/ meaning: Long and strong
Chinese name: 長强
Chinese pinyin: Changqiang
Korean name: Chang gang
Japanese name: Chokyo
Vietnamese name: Trường cường
French: Tchrang-tsiang


The centre point between the tip of the coccyx and the anus.


  • Opens conception and governing vessels (heat-related symptoms, epilepsy, mania).
  • Regulates the intestine (prolapse of the rectum).
  • Changqiang is beneficial for treating disorders of the anus and rectum: prolapse of rectum, rectitis, tenesmus, prolapse of haemorrhoids, diarrhoea, constipation.
  • Reproductive problems: secondary amenorrhea…
  • Problems around genital organs: eczema, itching…
  • Lumbago, sacrum and coccyx pain.
  • Mental problems (as governing channel enters the brain): Psychosis, epilepsy.


Puncture obliquely 0.8-1cun along the aspect of the coccyx.


Luo-Connecting Point of Governor Vessel.
Crossing Point of Governing and conception vessel, Gallbladder and kidney channel.


Perpendicular insection should be avoided in order not to hurt the rectum.


Dr. Ishwar Gyawali is Consultant Acupuncturist and Ayurveda Physician from Kathmandu, Nepal. He had completed BAMS (Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine and Surgery), a five and half year course on Ayurveda Medicine from Kirtipur Campus affiliated to Tribhuvan University ,Institute Of Medicine, Nepal under scholarship in 2011. He had completed his MD in TCM from Nanjing University Of Chinese Medicine in 2016 under scholarship of Ministry of Education, Nepal. With an experience of Serving for Government of Nepal for 2 years and private practise for more than 5 years, he has sound knowledge in Ayurveda as well as Chinese Medicine. He is a registered Doctor in NAMC (Nepal Ayurveda Medical Council ) both as a physician as well as TCM/Acupuncture Specialist.