Governor vessel

Qiangjian GV18: Nomenclature, Location, Functions, Indications, Method, Precaution

Qiangjian GV18
Qiangjian GV18


Qiang: stiffness Jian: middle
Qiangjian is between the parietal bone and the occipital bone and is indicated in treating stiff neck and headache.
Point: GV18
Chinese Name: 強间
Pinyin: qiáng jiān
English Name/Meaning: Rigid Space
Han Geul 한글: gang gan 강간
Romaji: kyō kan?
Vietnamese:Cường gian


Qianjian GV 18 lies 4 cun directly above the midpoint of the posterior hairline and 1.5 cun above Naohu (GV17).


  • Dispels Wind, especially internal Wind
  • Opens the channel
  • Calms the shen

Indications of qianjjian:

  • 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.


Transversely (subcutaneously) 0.5–1 cun.


  • This point lies midway between Baihui(GV20) and Fengfu (GV16).
  • Good point for mania and headache mainly caused by hypertension.


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.