Governor vessel

Taodao GV13: Nomenclature, Location, Functions, Indications, Method, Precaution

Taodao GV13
Taodao GV13


Tao: moulding Dao: pathway
The Qi of the Zang-fu organs gathers on the Governor Vessel and ascends along this way so named as taodao.
Point: GV13
Chinese Name: 陶道
Pinyin: táo dào
English Name/Meaning: Way of the Pot
Han Geul 한글: do do 도도
Romaji: tō dō?
Vietnamese:Đào đạo


Below the spinous process of the first thoracic vertebra.


  • Dispels external pathogenic factors.
  • Clears lung heat.
  • Regulates shaoyang stage.
  • Cools heat and calms the spirit.


Stiffness of back, headache, malaria, febrile disease, sore throat, poor memory.


Puncture obliquely 0.5 to 1 cun.


  • Meeting point with the BL channel.
  • Main point for malaria and febrile disease.


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.