As its name indicates, the Girdle Vessel is like a belt going around the abdomen and the back. It is the only horizontal vessel of the body, which is divided into upper and lower parts.
It interrelates with and encircles other channels and inserts its influence over them. It has a close relationship with the Liver and Gallbladder, as it influences the smooth flow of Liver Qi. It also regulates the Spleen Qi ascending and Kidney Qi descending. It directs and promotes the Uterus Qi and Essence flows.
It harmonizes Qi circulation to and from the legs and upper body. If this Qi is not constrained, legs get cold so that Dampness invades the Lower Burner. Therefore, the vessel can be used to drain Dampness in the Lower Burner.
The Girdle Vessel has a particularly important impact on gynecologic issues, especially Excessive vaginal discharge. It is also said to be useful in treating back pain, abdominal issues or hip-related diseases.