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Gallbladder 25 is the 25th point along the primary acupuncture channel of the Gallbladder, or Leg Shaoyang channel. It is also the:
Just anterior and inferior to the free, lateral end of the 12th rib.
On most people this is on the back or side, not on the front of the body. It can be quite deep.
Perpendicular, up to 1 cun. Take care not to needle too deep. If acting as the Front-Mu or Alarm point, it will be sensitive.
Local burning or gripping sensation
Moxa: up to 7 cones. When the point is very deep, it may be hard to decide exactly where to place the cones on the surface.
Kidney Alarm or Mu-point
If tender on palpation this point suggests that Kidney qi, and possibly the kidney organs, are not functioning correctly. I haven't found people spontaneously complaining about pain here, unless it is pressed.
Harmonises the action of the Kidneys
Spreads liver qi in the intestines
The name of the point means Capital Gate or Door, where the word 'Capital' refers to the Chest and 'Men' means to its entrance from below. Consequently, the point has more importance than one might think.
For example, it is useful where people can't properly catch their breath, as in some cases of asthma, and in otherwise unfit people who have started exercising vigorously too quickly, who then run out of steam and find they can't recover.
For people who can't catch their breath, as in asthma, I might use this point with Kidney 4 where the patient suffered from Kidney Qi deficiency.
The Kidneys provide the Yang needed by the Spleen to enable it to digest food, to transform and transport nourishment round the body.
This point strongly supports that, along with other points such as Mingmen the Gate of Fire.
Please don't be tempted to use this point if you are untrained in acupuncture. It can be quite deep, it's round your back so it is not easy to control either the angle or depth of insertion, and there are many things that could go wrong.
Please see a trained or experienced acupuncturist! (And bear in mind that he or she may suggest other points that might be better!)
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