Acupuncture Points Notebook

Location Guides:

: Toulinqi : Head Governor of Tears

GB-15 : Foot Shaoyang Gall Bladder 15

One of the "59 piercings" for clearing Heat in Su Wen Ch. 61

Meeting of Gall Bladder with Bladder and Yang Wei Mai

On the forehead, directly above Yangbai GB-14, 0.5 cun within the anterior hairline, midway between Shenting Du-24 and Touwei St-8.

Transverse insertion 0.5 - 1.5 cun in the direction of symptoms or to connect with other points.

TCM Actions:
Eliminates wind, benefits the head and alleviates pain
Benefits the nose and eyes

TCM Indications:
  • Nasal congestion, nasal congestion with aversion to cold.
  • Headache, head wind, visual dizziness, pain of the occiput and forehead, pain of the supraorbital ridge.
  • Redness and pain of the eyes, superficial visual obstruction, lacrimation on exposure to wind, pain at the outer canthus.
  • Windstroke, epilepsy, loss of consciousness, malaria, pain of the supraclavicular fossa, swelling of the axilla.

    Superficial Innervation: Supraorbital nerve, from ophthalamic branch of trigeminal (CN V1)
    Dermatome Segment: CN V1 ophthalamic branch of trigeminal

    The "59 piercings" are named in the Su Wen Ch. 61 and mentioned in Su Wen Ch. 32 for treating Heat diseases. This point along with Muchuang GB-16, Zhengying GB-17, Chengling GB-18 and Naokong Bl-9 clear Heat from counterflow in the foot Shaoyang Gall Bladder channel.

    Ling Shu Ch. 24, On Counterflow Diseases, seems to employs this set of points in treating headache, dizziness and heaviness of the head. It advises draining from the five points on each of the five channels on the top of the head, including this point, followed by the hand Shaoyin and then foot Shaoyin.

    In Thai massage:
    Acupressure point facial pain/numbness/paralysis (Salguero & Roylance, 2011, Encyclopedia of Thai Massage)

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