Shendao GV11: Nomenclature, Location, Functions, Indications, Method, Precaution

Shendao GV11
Shendao GV11


Shen: mind Dao: pathway
The heart houses the mind. Shendao is medial to Xinshu (BL15), like a pathway of the mind.
Point: GV11
Chinese Name: 神道
Name: She ndao
Pinyin: shén dào
English Name/Meaning: Way of the Spirit
Han Geul 한글:sin do 신도
Romaji: shin dō
Vietnamese:Thần đạo


Below the spinous process of the fifth thoracic vertebra.


  • Calms the heart and spirit.
  • Dispels wind and heat.


  • Epilepsy, chest pain, chest tightness, insomnia, poor memory, aphasia from stroke.
  • Palpitation.


Puncture obliquely upward 0.5-1 cun.


One of the very important point for chest tightness.

Precautions for Shendao:

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.

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.

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