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Acupuncture Explained: DU 20, Crown of the Head

by Dr. Amber Hincks LAc

Acupuncture Explained: DU 20, Crown of the Head, Amber Hincks Acupuncture in Beaverton, OR

Do you ever wonder why your acupuncturist chooses a certain point? There is always a reason and a unique set of points selected for you. But DU 20, Bai Hui (By-hway) is a point that almost every patient will have at one time or another. So, here’s the scoop on DU 20.

The name Bai Hui means 100 meetings, a reference to its position on the top of the head, where all of the Yang Qi of the body meets, and to the “100 diseases” that this point can treat. Its location makes it an essential point for raising clear Qi upward for the treatment of sinking Qi – fatigue, diarrhea, edema, heaviness of the body, prolapse, threatened miscarriage. But what makes this point so remarkable, is its regulating effect, raising up that which is sunken, but also descending excessive Qi in the head – dizziness, headaches, tinnitus, anxiety, agitation. It is often selected for its calming ability, while simultaneously nourishing and clearing the brain to support mental clarity. To top it off, DU 20 can also be a helpful point for back pain.

When a needle is inserted into DU 20, it can either be directed toward the back to descend Qi in the Governing vessel (DU), or directed toward the front (with the flow of the channel), to raise clear Qi and boost the brain. So, now you know why it feels so good to have a needle on the top of your head, and why you might just notice me walking around the clinic with one in mine.