Governor vessel

Shangxing (GV-23 / 上星) : Nomenclature, Location, Functions, Method, Precaution



Shang: Upper Xing: Star
The head is considered as the sky. Shangxing is at the head like a star in the sky. This point is in a very yang position on the head and carries the yang qi influence of its association with Du mai/ governor vessel
English name/meaning : Upper Star
Chinese name:上星
Chinese pinyin : shàng xīng
Korean name: sang seong 상성
Japanese name: jō sei?
Vietnamese name: Thượng tinh


Shangxing is located in the midline, 1 cu above the anterior hairline. OR 4 cun anterior to DU20/Baihui.


Insert transversely 0.5 cun t0 1 cun. Moxibustion can be done.

Indications of Shangxing:

  • Dispels wind and heat from the nose and eyes , so this is useful for various nose and eye conditions like nasosinusitis, rhinitis, nasal blockage, common cold, nasal bleeding, eyepain, sore eyes.etc.
  • Dispels the pathogenic factors from face.
  • Calms shen so is used for various mental ilness line anxiety, depression, epilepsy, infantile convulsion
  • Local disorders like headache, neuralgia, migraine, frontal headache, migraine, headache due to wind.


This is 10th of Sun Simiao’s 13 Ghost Points used for the the treatment of psychosis and epilepsy. Also known as Guitang (Ghost Hall).


General precautions.


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.