(GB) Gall Bladder Meridian - Point Functions Chart

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The (GB) Gall Bladder Meridian has 44 points:

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GB 1
Pupil Bone Hole
Tong Zi Liao
    • LV Yang/Heat Rising effecting the head - headache, eye problems, similar to Taiyang which is used more.
    • Local point for manifestations of heat - pain, inflammation, etc

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GB 2
Auditory Convergence
Ting Hui
    • Ear issues (along with TH 21 & SI 19) - tinnius, otitis media, deafness.
    • Eliminate wind locally - TMJ disorder, facial paralysis, trigeminal neuralgia, toothache

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GB 3
Upper Gate
Shang Guan
    • Local point, usually for headache

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GB 4
Forehead Fullness
Han Yan
    • Local Point, usually for headache

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GB 5
Suspended Skull
Xuan Lu
    • Local Point, usually for headache

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GB 6
Suspended Tuft
Xuan Li
    • Local Point, usually for headache

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GB 7
Temporal Hairline Curve
Qu Bin
    • Local Point, usually for headache

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GB 8
Valley Lead
Shuai Gu
    • Migraine, one-sided or unilateral headaches and associated nausea, vomiting a/or visual disturbances.
    • Hangover, eases headache and harmonizes the middle jiao.
    • In the Bronze Man this point is indicated for cold & phlegm in the Diaphragm & ST, injury by alcohol & agitation & fullness with ceaseless vomiting

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GB 9
Celestial Hub
Tian Chong
    • Local Point, usually for headache

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GB 10
Floating White
Fu Bai
    • Local Point, usually for headache

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GB 11
Head Portal Yin
Tou Qiao Yin
    • Local Point, usually for headache

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GB 12
Completion Bone
Wan Gu
    • Dispel exterior & interior wind from the head - tinnitus, tremors in the head, occipital headache, neck rotation ROM issues.
    • Regulates and calms the spirit - insomnia

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GB 13
Root Spirit
Ben Shen
    • Regulate Liver/GallBladder, Clear Wind, Calm the Mind.
    • Stiff Neck, Headache.
    • Epilepsy.
    • Tong Ren/Tam Healing System: Used to effect the frontal lobe.  Used on the (R) side for psychological conditions such as anxiety and depression and on the (L) side for attention related conditions such as ADD/ADHD.  Also useful for issues which come from subconscious influences. 

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GB 14
Yang White
Yang Bai
    • Frontal/temporal (ST/TH area) headaches.
    • Eye issues (direct needle towards eye) - redness, swelling, itching, twitching, etc

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GB 15
Head Overlooking Tears
Tou Lin Qi
    • Excessive tearing from internal or external wind effecting the eyes.
    • Sinus issues (with GV 23, Yintang a/or LI 20) - sinusitis, rhinitis

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GB 16
Eye Windows
Mu Chuang
    • Local Point.

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GB 17
Upright Construction
Zheng Ying
    • Clears Heat and Regulates the Gallbladder.
    • Headache, Dizziness

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GB 18
Spirit Support
Cheng Ling
    • Local Point.

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GB 19
Brain Hollow
Nao Kong
    • Local Point.
    • Tong Ren/Tam Healing System: Used to effect the visual cortex. Useful for muscle/coordination problems with the eyes from conditions such as MS, Parkinson's, etc.

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GB 20
Wind Pool
Feng Chi
    • Dispel Exterior or Interior Wind - (exterior) - fever/chills, stiff neck; (internal) - paralysis, twitching, tremors, numbness, dizziness, vertigo.
    • All issues of the head, brain (seizures, memory, mental/neurological disorders), face, throat and sense organs (eyes, ears, nose, tongue).
    • Headache, especially occipital.
    • Eye issues.
    • Issues of the neck, shoulders a/or upper back - pain, weakness, stiffness.
    • Hypertension, especially with LV Yang Rising.
    • Tong Ren/Tam Healing System: Used most often in conjunction with the huatuo points of C1 and C2 to open the spinal cord, generally used to relieve neck tension. 

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GB 21
Shoulder Well
Jian Jing
    • Local point for occipital headache, tight trapezius muscles and/or neck/shoulder pain.
    • Phlegm related issues of the head and neck - embolic stroke, neck lumps, swollen lymph nodes, tumors.
    • Phlegm related issues of the breast and chest - mastitis, breast abscess, asthma, dyspnea.
    • Stongly influence Qi downward - useful for rebellious Qi, cough.
    • Contraindicated in Pregnancy, useful for difficult labor, retained placenta.
    • Gao Wu felt that balancing GB 21's strong descending action with ST 36's strong centering action is important.
    • Tong Ren/Tam Healing System: Release the neck and shoulders and descend energy.

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GB 22
Armpit Abyss
Yuan Ye
    • Local Point.

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GB 23
Sinew Seat
Zhe Jin

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GB 24
Sun and Moon
Ri Yue
    • LV & GB issues, especially involving heat and stagnation - gallstones, hepatitis, jaundice.
    • LV/GB attacking the SP - nausea, vomiting, sour belching, bitter taste, acid reflux.
    • GB related emotional imbalances - fearfullness, shyness, indecisiveness, timidity, sighing.
    • The Ling Shu indicates GB 24 (GB Front Mu) & UB 19 (GB Back Shu) for frequent indecisiveness.  

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GB 25
Capital Gate
Jing Men
    • Local point for pain in the lumbar a/or lateral costal region especially when presenting with a KD deficiency.
    • KD/SP Issues involving dampness - diarrhea (esp. watery/cold), bloating, abdominal distention.
    • Diuretic point - urinary retention, difficult urination, edema.
    • Uterine stones - assists passage

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GB 26
Girdling Vessel
Dai Mai
    • GB 26, GB 27 & GB 28 are all useful points on the Dai Mai meridian which influences the GB, KD, Chong Mai, CV & GV Meridians.
    • GB 26 is most useful for women's issues - leukorrhea from any etiology, gynecological disorders, prolapses, infertility.
    • Menstrual related pains, cramping, bloating a/or migraines.
    • Local point for the lower back and waist

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GB 27
Fifth Pivot
Wu Shu
    • GB 26, GB 27 & GB 28 are all useful points on the Dai Mai meridian which influences the GB, KD, Chong Mai, CV & GV Meridians.
    • GB 27 is more useful for male issues - testicular pain a/or retraction, lower abdominal pain, shan disorder

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GB 28
Linking Path
Wei Dao
    • GB 26, GB 27 & GB 28 are all useful points on the Dai Mai meridian which influences the GB, KD, Chong Mai, CV & GV Meridians.
    • Local Point.

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GB 29
Squatting Bone Hole
Ju Liao
    • Hip pain, especially with pain radiating from the hips, sciatica.
    • Shoulder pain, using the opposite joints needling method

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GB 30
Jumping Round
Huan Tiao
    • Sciatica, pain, numbness, atrophy of lower back, hip, buttocks a/or lower limbs.
    • Bi (painful obstruction) or Wei (flaccidity, weakness) of the leg.
    • Urticaria, red, itchy skin issues from wind

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GB 31
Wind Market
Feng Shi
    • Lateral and posterior leg issues - sciatica, weakness, numbness, post-stroke symptoms of lower limbs.
    • Red, itchy, skin disorders from wind a/or dampness anywhere on the body.
    • Tong Ren/Tam Healing System: Sciatic nerve issues, lower back pain, leg muscle issues.

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GB 32
Central River
Zhong Du
    • Local Point.

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GB 33
Knee Yang Joint
Xi Yang Guan
    • Local Point.

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GB 34
Yang Mound Spring
Yang Ling Quan
    • Hui Meeting of the Sinews - useful for treating soft tissue anywhere in the body, contracture, cramping, pain, spasm, weakness, numbness, paralysis.
    • Sciatica and issues with the low back, hip, a/or lower limbs, knees.
    • All disorders of the lateral regions of the body.
    • Lower He Sea of the GB - effects GB organ, usually with GB Damp-Heat conditions, cholecystitis, hepatitis, jaundice, nausea, vomiting, bitter taste in mouth, gallstones.
    • Shao Yang level diseases presenting with alternating chills/fevers, costal pain, bitter taste in mouth.
    • LV attacking SP - counterflow Qi, nausea, vomiting, indigestion.
    • Tong Ren/Tam Healing System: Sciatic nerve issues, leg muscle issues (cramps, fatigue), gallstones.  

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GB 35
Yang Intersection
Yang Jiao
    • Local Point.

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GB 36
Outer Hill
Wai Qiu
    • Mentioned in the Bronze Man for treating rabies w/rage, fever, convulsions - moxa 3 cones after bite.
    • Acute cholecystitis.
    • Acute painful skin conditions

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GB 37
Bright Light
Guang Ming
    • Eye issues, especially LV related - redness, itching, blurry vision, night blindness, optic nerve atrophy, cataracts.
    • Lower leg, calf a/or foot problems - dropped foot, edema, atrophy, obstruction.
    • Headaches effecting the region around the eyes - temporal, infra/supraorbital, migraines.
    • Breast issues from stagnant LV Qi - pain, insufficient lactation

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GB 38
Yang Assistance
Yang Fu
    • Moving point for GB channel issues - pain, heat, stagnation along the channel.
    • Fire Point - useful for treating the fever period of Shao Yang stage diseases (alternating fever and chills)

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GB 39
Suspended Bell (alt. Severed Bone)
Xuan Zhong (alt. Jue Gu)
    • Hui Meeting of the Marrow - excess or deficiency conditions effecting the bone marrow, ligaments, tendons, muscles a/or bones - pain, spasms, numbness, weakness.
    • Chronic Bi or Wei syndromes especially with KD Deficiency - thought to strenghthen immunity.
    • Neck issues, stiffness, arthritis, strain, sprain, whiplash, headache.
    • Descends rising LV/GB heat - dizziness, tinnitus.  

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GB 40
Hill Ruins
Qiu Xu
    • Local point for issues of the lower limbs a/or ankles - weakness, paralysis, atrophy.
    • Wrist issues using the cross joints needling method.
    • Chronic mallaria where chills are predominant

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GB 41
Foot Overlooking Tears
Zu Lin Qi
    • Moves LV Qi - menstrual/breast disorders, distal point for headaches (lateral or migraines - classical mentioned for occipital or vertex).
    • As the name indicates - "foot overlooking tears," useful for eye problems, redness, swelling and lacrimation issues, tearing, excessive lacrimation.
    • Local point for lateral foot issues - pain, cramping

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GB 42
Earth Fivefold Convergence
Di Wu Hui
    • Local Point.

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GB 43
Pinched Ravine
Xia Xi
    • Ying Spring Point - clears heat from the entire channel.
    • Effects opposite end of the channel - headaches, dizziness, tinnitus, eye a/or ear pain.
    • GB Damp Heat stagnations in the channel - swelling in axillary region, lateral costal pain, breast abscesses, knee pain

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GB 44
Foot Portal Yin
Zu Qiao Yin
    • Insomnia especially with nightmares - LV/GB heat rising to effect the HT (fullness below the heart).
    • Issues with the sense organs (eyes, ears, nose, mouth, tongue) related to excesses a/or stagnation - pain, inflammation, speech disorders, stiff tongue