Conception Vessel

Qihai CV6: Nomenclature, Location, Functions, Indications, Method, Precautions



Qi: Primary Qi Hai: Sea
Qihai is below the navel and is the sea of the primary Qi of the whole body.

English name/meaning : Sea of Qi
Chinese name: 气海
Chinese pinyin : Qihai
Korean name: Kihae
Japanese name: Kikai
Vietnamese name: Khi hai
French Name: Tsri-rae


Qihai is located 5 cun below the umbilicus.


  • Regulates Qi (stagnation in the lower abdomen, distension).
  • Tonifies Qi and Yang (any pattern of Qi deficiencies, lack of energy).
  • Treat menstrual disorders and vaginal discharge (tonifies and regulates).
  • Dispels dampness and turbidity.

Indication of Qihai:

  • Qi hai is the main point for diseases of the intestines, fullness of the abdomen, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, constipation, dysentery.
  • Also good to treat diseases of the urinary and genital systems, irregular menstruation, dysmenorrhea, nocturnal emissions, impotence, often used with Guanyuan(CV4) point.
  • Health point used to keep the body fit.
  • Relieving collapse often used with Shenque and Guanyuan.


  • Puncture perpendicularly 1-1.5 cun after urination.
  • Moxibustion is advisable frequently.


The main point for strengthening the body and initiating hygiene.


The point is contraindicated in pregnancy.


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.