Governor vessel

Mingmen-GV4 : Nomenclature, Location, Functions, Method, Precaution



Ming : life                 Men : door
The kidney is the vital source, Mingmen is between shensu , like a door for the Qi of the kidney.

English name/meaning :
Chinese name: 命门
Chinese pinyin : Mingmen
Korean name: Myongmun
Japanese name: Meimon
Vietnamese name: Menhmon
French: Ming-menn


On the posterior midline, in the depression below the spinous process of the 2nd lumbar vertebra


  • Nourishes yuan qi and strengthens kidney (chronic kidney disease, chronic weakness, Kidney yang deficiency).
  • Strengthens lower back (stifness and pain inlower back and knees due to kidney yang deficiency).
  • Benefits essence (sexual imbalances, premature ejaculation, impotence; builds up marrow).


  • Mingmen is the main point to treat diseases of the genital system: impotence, nocturnal emission, morbid leucorrhea, irregular menstruation, usually good for deficiency syndrome.
  • Good point for fatigue.
  • Chronic diarrhea.
  • Main point for Ache of the back and spinal column.


Puncture perpendicularly or obliquely a bit upwards 0.5 – 1 cun.


Main point for strengthening Kidney Yang.


Deep insertion should be avoided. The spinal canal lies between 1.25 and 1.75 cun deep to the skin surface, varying according to body build.
According to a number of classical texts, this point is contraindicated to moxibustion in those who are under 20 years of age.


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.