Acupressure Point Energy:

Acupressure Point for Boosting Mental Alertness and Energy

By Dr. Ben Kim

One of the first points that I learned about during my education in contemporary medical acupuncture was GV-26, also known as Governing Vessel 26.

GV-26 is also called Shui Gou, and is traditionally used as a first-aid revival point due to its effectiveness in restoring consciousness and mental alertness after a person has fainted or become extremely weak.

I regularly recommend GV-26 as a point that people can apply pressure to for about a minute at a time to increase mental alertness and physical energy. Pressure can be applied with the tip of a finger, or for increased effectiveness, with the tip of a fingernail.

I have found that self-application of pressure to GV-26 is particularly useful for drowsy drivers, providing an almost immediate boost of alertness that can be life-saving. GV-26 can also promote mental clarity and focus, useful for when a project is at hand and the brain feels sluggish.

GV-26 is located between your upper lip and nose, about one-third of the way down from the bottom of your nose. If you have a copy of Acupressure's Potent Points: a Guide to Self-Care for Common Ailments, you can view a picture of GV-26 on page 94.

Beyond promoting mental alertness, I have consistently found that application of pressure or an acupuncture needle to GV-26 can accelerate healing and restoration of range of motion after a sprain/strain of the back.

Stimulation of GV-26 by finger or needle can produce powerful effects because this point allows access to two important cranial nerves: the trigeminal and facial nerves. Both of these nerves carry signals back to the brain stem in areas that are ripe with autonomic nervous system activity.

For those with knowledge of human anatomy:

GV-26 provides access to muscular branches of the right and left buccal branches of cranial nerve VII, and superior labial branches of the infraorbital nerve, which is a branch of the middle division of cranial nerve V. GV-26 also provides access to branches of superior labial arteries and tributaries of companion veins.

If you still don't have a copy of Acupressure's Potent Points: a Guide to Self-Care for Common Ailments, I highly recommend that you purchase one from I will continue to make reference to acupressure points that I apply treatment to for various health challenges in future articles, and this book provides clear illustrations that enables precise determination of the location of each point that has been and will be discussed.

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