Acupuncture Points Notebook

Location Guides:

: Shuaigu : Leading Valley

GB-8 : Foot Shaoyang Gall Bladder 8

Meeting of Gall Bladder with Bladder and Lung Divergent

In the temporal region, in the slight depression 1 cun directly above the apex of the ear (Jiaosun SJ-20)

Transverse insertion 0.5 - 1.5 cun in the direction of symptoms or to connect with other points, especially Taiyang (M-HN-9)

TCM Actions:
Eliminates wind, benefits the head and alleviates pain
Harmonises the diaphragm and stomach and alleviates vomiting
Treats alcohol intoxication

TCM Indications:
  • One-sided headache, heaviness of the head, head wind, pain at the corner of the forehead (in the area of Touwei St-8), deviation of the mouth and eye, acute and chronic childhood fright wind, dizziness, eye disorders.
  • Incessant vomiting, cold Stomach, phlegm qi diaphragm pain, inability to eat, agitation and fullness on eating or drinking, injury by alcohol with vomiting, phlegm dizziness, oedema.

    Superficial Innervation: Greater occipital nerve from C2
    Dermatome Segment: C2

    Unusual for being the only point specifically recommended in the classics for treating a hangover (Deadman et al, 2001).

    This point is also indicated for issues relating to the Third Level of Manifestation of the Soul, or the Manipura chakra, manifesting in difficulties switching the mind off, becoming unconscious and sleeping. The problem is that the Lung qi is unable to descend into the formless darkness of the Kidneys or the Kidneys are unable to hold it here.
    The specific purpose of this point is to help the mind to descend. The others in the set are Shanzhong Ren-17, Daling Pc-7 and Jimai Liv-12 or Ququan Liv-8 (Yuen, 2005, 3 Spirits & 7 Souls).

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