Conception Vessel

Guanyuan CV4: Nomenclature, Location, Functions, Indications, Method, Precautions



Guan: storage Yuan: primary Qi
Guanyuan is 3 cun directly below the navel and is a storage place for the primary Qi of the body.

English name/meaning :
Chinese name: 关元
Chinese pinyin : Guanyuan
Korean name: Kwanwon
Japanese name: Kangen
Vietnamese name: Quan nguyen
French Name:Koann-iuann


Guanyuan is located 3 cun below the umbilicus.


  • Nourishes and tonifies Kidney yin, Kidney Yang, Kidney essence (Promotes health, prevents disease) .
  • Supplements Qi and restores Yang (Yang collapse, Prolapse of the rectum/uterus).
  • Warms and regulates Blood chamber (uterus) and palace of the essence (kidney).
  • Separates clear and turbid.
  • Dispels cold and damp in genitals.

Indications of Guanyuan:

  • Guanyuan is the main point for diseases of the urinary and genital system: pain caused by polyuria, retention of urine, incontinence of urine, nocturnal enuresis, uterine bleeding, impotence, spermatorrhea, irregular menstruation and dysmenorrhea, sterility, infertility.
  • Benefits Chronic abdominal pain, chronic diarrhoea.
  • Also ,Health point, used to keep the body fit, the aged chronic disease, emaciation, flaccid pattern of stroke.
  • Prolapse of the anus or uterus( usually use moxibustion ).


  • Puncture perpendicularly 1-1.5 cun after urination.
  • Pregnant women cannot be punctured.


  • Front-Mu Point of the small intestine.
  • Main point for strengthening the body and initiating hygiene.
  • Point of choice for sterility, lack of sexual desire.
  • Powerful point for moxibustion.


For patients with retention of urine or fullness of urine or fullness of the urinary bladder, puncture Zhongji and Guanyuan obliquely with attention to the depth in order not to hurt the urinary bladder.


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.

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