Gallbladder 21

GB21 Acupressure Point

Acupressure point Gallbladder 21 many uses and is an important point for treating stiffness and pain of the neck and shoulders. It is also an important point for hand and arm mobility and the ability the raise the hand over the head.

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Location of Acupressure Point GB 21

At the highest point between the neck and the shoulder at the crest of the trapezius muscle. Apply the Wood Element Acupressure Stick to Acupressure Point Gallbladder 21 to activate the healing potential of the pressure point.

 

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Traditional Chinese Medicine Indications and Acupressure Point Combinations Using Gallbladder 21

Pain and Stiffness of Neck

Pain of Top of Shoulder (Trapezius)

Pain of Shoulder

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Other Name(s) of GB 21

  • Jianjing
  • Shoulder Well

Traditional Chinese Medicine Classifications of GB 21

  • Meeting Point of the Gallbladder, Stomach, and Yang Linking Channels

Traditional Chinese Medicine Actions or GB 21

  • Benefits the Breasts and Promotes Lactation
  • Descends the Qi and Promotes Delivery
  • Activates the Gallbladder Channel and Alleviates Pain

Cautions: Do not use acupressure as self-care when pregnant without the guidance of a licensed acupuncturist. Always discuss new treatment modalities with your local health care professional.

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References

De Meulemeester KE, Castelein B, Coppieters I, Barbe T, Cools A, Cagnie B. Comparing Trigger Point Dry Needling and Manual Pressure Technique for the Management of Myofascial Neck/Shoulder Pain: A Randomized Clinical Trial. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2017 Jan;40(1):11-20. doi: 10.1016/j.jmpt.2016.10.008. PMID: 28017188.

Takakura N, Takayama M, Kawase A, Kaptchuk TJ, Kong J, Yajima H. Design of a randomised acupuncture trial on functional neck/shoulder stiffness with two placebo controls. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2014 Jul 16;14:246. doi: 10.1186/1472-6882-14-246. PMID: 25027157; PMCID: PMC4223566.

Kwon CY, Lee B. Clinical effects of acupressure on neck pain syndrome (nakchim): a systematic review. Integr Med Res. 2018 Sep;7(3):219-230. doi: 10.1016/j.imr.2018.01.002. Epub 2018 Jan 31. PMID: 30271710; PMCID: PMC6160503.

Yip YB, Tse SH. An experimental study on the effectiveness of acupressure with aromatic lavender essential oil for sub-acute, non-specific neck pain in Hong Kong. Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2006 Feb;12(1):18-26. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2005.09.005. Epub 2005 Nov 8. PMID: 16401526.