Qiangjian DU-18

Chinese: 强间

Pinyin: Qiáng Jiān


On the posterior midline, 1.5 cun above Naohu DU-17, midway between Fengfu DU-16 and Baihui DU-20

How to locate

First locate Naohu DU-17 in a depression directly superior to the external occipital protuberance, which forms a humpshaped projection on the posterior surface of the occipital bone. 

From there, palpate 1.5 cun in a superior direction and  locate Qiangjian DU-18 on the posterior midline. 

On the other hand, Baihui DU-20 is located 3 cun in a superior direction, on the vertex.

Main actions

  1. Expels Wind
  2. Calms the Mind


0.5–1 cun transversely

Commentary for Qiangjian DU-18

Qiangjian DU-18 is a less important point and it is often used as an assistant role to other points. 

Together with neighboring points of the Governing Vessels on the head, such as Naohu DU-17 and Houding DU-19, it is able to expels Interior Wind and calm the Mind. It can also ease severe stabbing pain in the head region.