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DU 4

Chinese Name: Mingmen (English translation: Gate of Life)

Location:  On the lumbar region, on the posterior median line, in the depression below the spinous process of the 2nd lumbar vertebra.


  • Spermatorrhea, impotence
  • Irregular menstruation, leukorrhea
  • Diarrhea
  • Stiffness and pain of the lumbar

Functions: Tonifies Kidney Qi and Yang, tonifies Original Qi, nourishes Essence, clears Heat, strengthens the lumbar region and knees.

Notes: Du 4 is one of the most effective points to tonify Yang and strengthen the constitution. It is especially efficacious if moxa is also used on the point.

Needling: Oblique insertion upward .5 - 1.0 cun. 

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