Acupuncture Points Notebook

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GB-17 : Foot Shaoyang Gall Bladder 17

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

Meeting of Gall Bladder with Yang Wei Mai

In the parietal region, on a curved line drawn between Toulinqi GB-15 and Fengchi GB-20, following the contour of the cranium, 1.5 cun posterior to Muchuang GB-16 or two thirds of the distance between Toulingqi GB-15 and Chengling GB-18 (level with Baihai Du-20).

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

TCM Actions:
Benefits the head and alleviates pain
Pacifies the stomach

TCM Indications:
  • Headache, one-sided headache, toothache of the upper jaw.
  • Visual dizziness, dizziness due to phlegm-fluid, ceaseless vomiting, nausea, stiff neck, stiffness of the lips, aversion to wind and cold, aversion to the sound of people talking.

    Superficial Innervation: CN V1 ophthalamic branch of trigeminal
    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 Toulingqi GB-15, Muchuang GB-16, 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.

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