Fengchi GB20 : Nomenclature, Location, Function, Indication, Method

Fengchi is below the occipital bone in a pool loke depression. It is an important point in eliminating the pathogenic wind.
Fengchi-GB20

Nomenclature:

Feng : pathogenic             chi: pool
Fengchi is below the occipital bone in a pool like depression. It is an important point in eliminating the pathogenic wind.

Point: GB20
Chinese Name: 风池
Name: Fengchi
English Name/Meaning: Wind Pool
Pinyin: fēng chí
Han Geul 한글: pung ji 풍지
Romaji: fū chi
Vietnamese: Phong trì

Location:

In the depression between the upper portion of m.sternocleidomestoideus and m.trapezius, and the level with Fengfu (GV16).

Functions:

  • Dispels wind and clear heat/cold (allergies, wind heat, stiffneck, calm liver yang).
  • Clears the head, benefits the eyes, nose and ears.
  • Activates the meridian, relieves pain.

Indication:

  • Fengchi is the main point for diseases of the head, face and five sense organs, especially good for eye diseases, such as redness, swelling and pain of the eyes, nasal congestion, nasosinusitis, tinnitus, headache, etc.
  • Fainting, insomnia, stroke, epilepsy.
  • Common cold and febrile disease.
  • Stiff pain of the neck and nape, heel problems: pain due to heel bone spur.

Method:

Puncture with the needle tip slightly pointed downward, or toward the tip of the nose for 0.5-0.8 cun.
Puncture transversely toward Fengfu (GV16).

Remark:

Crossing Point of Gallbladder and Yangwei channel.

Precaution:

Do not puncture deeply upward and inward to prevent injuring the medulla.

Dr. Ishwar Gyawali

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.