Zhongdu GB32: Nomenclature, Location, Functions, Indications

On the lateral aspect of the thigh, 2 cun inferior to Fengchi (GB31) or 5 cun superior to the popliteal crease, between vastus lateralis and biceps femoris.
Zhongdu-GB32

Nomenclature:

Zhong: middle         Du: small ditch
Zhongdu is in between the tendons at the lateral aspect of the thigh, as if in a ditch.
Point: GB32
Chinese Name: 中渎
Name: Zhongdu
English Name/Meaning: Middle Ditch
Pinyin: zhōng dú
Han Geul 한글: jung dok 중독
Romaji: chū toku?
Vietnamese: Trung độc

Location:

On the lateral aspect of the thigh, 2 cun inferior to Fengchi (GB31) or 5 cun superior to the popliteal crease, between vastus lateralis and biceps femoris.

Functions of Zhongdu:

  • Dispels wind and cold.
  • Relax sinew and invigorates channels.
  • Treats atrophy syndromes (Wei syndrome).

Indications:

Pain and soreness of the thigh and knee, numbness and weakness of the lower limbs, hemiplegia.

Method:

  • Perpendicular or slightly posteriorly oblique insertion 1to 2 cun.
  • Oblique insertion, directed proximally or distally, 1.5 to 2.5 cun.

Remarks:

  • Weaker than Fengshi(GB31), mostly used for local disorders.
  • Alternate point to GB31.

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.

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