Hunmen BL47: Nomenclature, Location, Functions, Indications

The liver stores the soul. Hunmen, BL47 is at the level of Ganshu, (BL18) like a door for the Qi of the liver.
Hunmen-BL47

Nomenclature:

Hun: soul Men:door
The liver stores the soul. The point is at the level of Ganshu, (BL18) like a door for the Qi of the liver.
Point: BL47
Chinese Name: 魂门
Name: Hunmen
English Name/Meaning: Gate of the Ethereal Soul
Pinyin: hún mén
Han Geul 한글: hon mun 혼문
Romaji: kon mon?
Vietnamese: Hồn môn

Location:

3 cun lateral to Jinsuo (GV8), at the level of the lower border of the spinous process of the ninth thoracic vertebra.

Functions of Hunmen:

  • Clears Liver qi stagnation.
  • Roots ethereal soul (Hunmen).
  • Regulates the spleen and stomach.

Indications:

  • Fear, depression, frustration, Manic behavior, mental confusion, excessive dreaming.
  • Pain in the chest and hypochondriac region, back pain, vomiting, diarrhea.

Method:

Oblique insertion towards lateral 0.3 to 0.5 cun.

Remarks:

Good for depression, frustration, long-standing resentment.

Precautions:

Deep perpendicular or needling in a wrong direction carries a substantial risk of causing a pneumothorax.

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.