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.
Actions of Gallbladder 34
Clears Damp-Heat wherever arising, but particularly in the middle burner.
Regulates and strengthens the tendons and to a lesser extent, the muscles (and even bones). If tight, loosens them – often a good point for dancers and athletes. Use with Bladder 23 for bone problems.
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.