Names Of Tonggu

KD 20 Acupuncture Point

  • English Name: Open Valley
  • Pinyin Name: Tonggu
  • Chinese Character: 腹通谷
Meridian Information

Where Is KD 20 ?

KD 20 Location

  • 5 cun above CV 8, .5 cun lateral to CV 13.
  • For point location tips, read our meridian notes; unsure about "cun" measurements, read what is a cun?.

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What Is KD 20 Used For?

KD 20 Clinical Usages

  • Local point for abdominal and digestive issues.
  • Mania, epilepsy, palpitations, mouth/tongue deviation/swelling - largely through resolving phlegm.
  • Chest pain, coughing, wheezing.

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How Is KD 20 Categorized?

KD 20 Acupuncture Point Associations

  • Intersection Point of the KD & Chong Mai Meridians

What Diagnostic Patterns May Use KD 20 ?

This point along with others in a proper point prescription may be used to balance the following TCM Patterns:

For more on this, read "What Does Acupuncture Treat?" and "Point Prescription Guidelines".

What Conditions May Use KD 20 ?

This point along with others in a proper point prescription may be used to balance the following Conditions / Symptoms:

For more on this, read "What Does Acupuncture Treat?" and "Point Prescription Guidelines".

What Points Are Near KD 20 ?

CV 13 Upper Venter

  • CV 13 is useful for upper warmer issues (vomiting, hiatal hernia, hiccups, epigastric pain), whereas CV 12 is useful for middle warmer issues and CV 10 is useful for lower warmer issues.
  • Abdominal pain a/or distention, epigastic pain, nausea, vomiting.
  • Spleen deficiency related heart and emotional issues - insomnia, anxiety, palpitations, heart pain, running piglet, sensations of heat in the chest and/or body (possibly without sweating).  

ST 20 Assuming Fullness


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  • Abdominal pain, bloating, hiccups, gastric pain, vomiting.
  • Anorexia, poor appetite, diarrhea.
  • Shortness of breath, wheezing.

GB 24 Sun and Moon

  • LV & GB issues, especially involving heat and stagnation - gallstones, hepatitis, jaundice.
  • LV/GB attacking the SP - nausea, vomiting, sour belching, bitter taste, acid reflux.
  • GB related emotional imbalances - fearfullness, shyness, indecisiveness, timidity, sighing.
  • The Ling Shu indicates GB 24 (GB Front Mu) & UB 19 (GB Back Shu) for frequent indecisiveness.  

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