Gallbladder 34 lies on the lateral surface of the leg, about 2 cun distal to the knee flexure, anterior to and just distal to the head of the fibula. The location is often sore on pressure.
Needle vertically or very slightly inferiorly or posteriorly. Sometimes the point is found most easily with the leg at right angles to the thigh. Depth, up to 1 cun. You have to feel for the most effective direction and depth.
Deqi can run into the knee or downwards towards the foot. I haven’t managed to get it up to the thigh, though I’ve heard of others who have succeeded at this. I imagine the patient would have to be quite compliant as this can be sore.
Moxibustion – up to 7 cones. Up to 15 thread-sized moxa.
This is a great point for many Damp-Heat type syndrome problems, including – where appropriate:
More than just for Damp Heat, Gallbladder 34 by soothing the Liver helps move and de-obstruct all the channels. Many types of pain respond to it, especially those caused by tension. Even used for constipation, especially if there’s a background of Qi stagnation.
That same clearing, moving action makes it useful for some types of insanity and fright. These would be where there is great tension and signs of Liver yang ascending or when shock occurs in a severely weakened patient with weak Kidney qi and depleted Liver Blood.
For shoulder problems and pain, use contra-laterally. For wrist pain, use contra-laterally and direct the needle in exactly the direction and depth that pressure on the point has shown releases contra-lateral wrist pain: for this is useful for carpal tunnel syndrome.
Gallbladder 34 benefits the gallbladder organ, helping to control acid regurgitation and epigastric pain from Wood/Earth disharmony as described in 5 Elements acupuncture theory.
Because it controls the tendons, it can help many kinds of lumbago and sciatica.
Useful for leg cramps and numbness in the thigh, leg and foot.
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