Naohu GV17: Nomenclature, Location, Functions, Indications, Method, Precaution

Naohu GV17
Naohu GV17


Nao: brain Hu: door
The Governor Vessel ( Dumai ) runs upwards along the spine and enters the brain. Naohu is like a door on the occipital region for the Qi of the meridian flowing into the brain.
Point: GV17
Chinese Name: 脑戸
Name: Nao hu
Pinyin: nǎo hù
English Name/Meaning:Brain Door
Han Geul 한글: noe ho 뇌호
Romaji: nō ko?
Vietnamese: Não hộ


Naohu GV17 lies 2.5cun directly above the midpoint of the posterior hairline, 1.5 cun directly above Fengfu (GV16), in the depression on the upper border of the external occipital protuberance.


  • Dispels internal wind.
  • Calm spirit.
  • Benefits eyes.
  • Opens channel.

Indications of Naohu:

  • Mania-depression, epilepsy, insomnia, dream disturbed sleeping, irritability.
  • Local problems: headache, dizziness, vertigo, heaviness of head.
  • Problems along the pathway of DU channel: nape pain, lower back pain.
  • Facial and eyes problems: red face, facial pain, dimness of vision, short-sightedness, eye pain, excessive lacrimation, yellow eyes, jaundice.
  • Tongue and throat problems: sudden loss of voice.


Transversely (subcutaneously) 0.5–1 cun.


Meeting point with the BL channel


Dr. Ishwar Gyawali

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.