Governor vessel

Shenzhu GV12 : Nomenclature, Location, Functions, Indication, Method,Precautions



Shen : body Zhu: pillar
Shenzhu is below the third thoracic vertebrae and connects upwards with the head and neck when downwards with the back and the lumbar vertebrae, like a pillar of the body.

English name/meaning : Body Pillar
Chinese name: Shenzhu
Chinese pinyin : 身柱
Korean name: Shinju
Japanese name: Shinchu
Vietnamese name: Than tru


On the posterior midline, in the depression below the spinous process of the 3rd thoracic vertebra.


  • Dispels pathogenic and lowers fever.
  • Tonifies Lung (strengthen Qi of Lung).
  • Calms mind and spirit.


  • Shenzhu benefits fever, cough, asthma, back carbuncles.
  • Also good forHeadache, the stiffness of the spine, pain in the back.
  • Epilepsy, psychological disorders.


Puncture obliquely upward 0.5-1 cun.


Avoid deep insertion. The spinal canal lies between 1.25 and 1.75 cun deep to the skin surface, varying according to body build.


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.