image of dog and acupressure point GV26

GV 26 Amazing Acupoint #7


Governing Vessel 26 (GV 26), aka Du 26 
English name – Water Trough 
Pinyin Name – Shui Gou / Renzhong

Some text refers to Governing Vessel 26 as the “First Aid” acupoint because it can be used for an animal experiencing a traumatic event such as: 

  • Loss of Consciousness 
  • Respiratory arrest
  • Shock
  • Cardiac arrest 
  • Seizures
  • Heatstroke
  • Mania / Shen disturbance
  • Collapsed yang           

Because of its location on horses, dogs, and cats we advise you err on the side of safety when using GV 26. You don’t want to be bitten or injured. The animal would not intend to hurt you but when in a traumatic state, he may not be aware of his reactions.


Horses – GV 26 is located just below the nostrils on the dorsal-cranial midline.

Equine GV 26

Dogs & Cats – GV 26 is found on the vertical line on the upper lip at the level of the lower edge of the nostrils.

It is said that GV 26 is located at the junction of the Governing and Conception Vessels, which is why it is so effective when there’s an a separation of yin and yang. Loss of consciousness is characterized as a separation of yin and yang.

Additionally, GV 26 is considered the Meeting Point where the Governing Vessel converges with Large Intestine and Stomach Meridians.

GV 26 on dog

Other Functions and Energetics 
Due to its location, GV 26 has a host of functions. This acupoint can be used for facial swelling or paralysis, motion sickness, lip tremors, mouth and gum problems, nasal infection, TMJ issues, fright/panic, and acute lumbar pain.

The energetics of GV 26 include: cools heat, clears the senses, calms shen, promotes resuscitation, eliminates internal wind, & benefits lumbar spine.

Given the range and power of GV 26, it’s a handy acupoint to have at the ready!