Gallbladder 34

Acupressure point Gallbladder 34 is an important point for treating Damp-Heat. Liver Heat begins to accumulate if Liver Qi Stagnation is not resolved in a timely manner especially if it combines with Pathogenic Internal Damp-Phlegm; this can result in actual gallbladder problems, or Damp-Heat in other parts of the body.

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Other Name(s) of GB 34:

  • Yanglingquan
  • Yang Mound Spring
  • Sinew Convergence

Traditional Chinese Medicine Classifications of GB 34:

  • Lower He-Sea Point of the Gallbladder
  • Man Dan-yang Heavenly Star Point
  • Earth Point,
  • Influential Point of the Sinews

Location of GB 34

1 Cun anterior and inferior to the head of the fibula below the lateral aspect of the knee in a tender depression

Traditional Chinese Medicine Actions of GB 34:

  • Promotes the Smooth flow of Liver Qi
  • Resolves Damp-Heat
  • Strengthens and Relaxes the Sinews-Joints
  • Removes Obstructions from the Channel and Alleviates Pain
  • Expels Wind from the Knee and Legs

Traditional Chinese Medicine Indications and Acupressure Point Combinations of GB 34

Pain

For pain of the knee, GB channel pain and/or tightness, or sciatica apply the Wood Element Acupressure Stick to acupressure point Gallbladder 34 and acupressure point Liver 3,  and the Metal Element Acupressure Stick to acupressure point Large Intestine 4 using the reduction method (counter-clockwise motion) and consider using our organic Free and Easy Wanderer formula our organic herbal Great Mender formula

Arthritis

For pain and stiffness of the joints anywhere in the body, apply the Wood Element Acupressure Stick to acupressure point Gallbladder 34 and acupressure point Liver 3,  and the Metal Element Acupressure Stick to acupressure point Large Intestine 4 using the reduction method (counter-clockwise motion) and consider using our organic Free and Easy Wanderer formula our organic herbal Great Mender formula. If arthritis or joint stiffness and pain is aggravated by wet or humid weather, apply the Earth Element Acupressure Stick to acupressure point Stomach 40 and acupressure point Spleen 9 using a counterclockwise, or dispersing motion.

Damp-Heat

For Damp-Heat anywhere in the body apply the Wood Element Acupressure Stick to acupressure point Gallbladder 34 and the Metal Element Acupressure Stick to acupressure Point Large Intestine 11 the Earth Element Acupressure Stick to acupressure point Stomach 40 and acupressure point Spleen 9 using the reduction method (counter-clockwise motion)

Cold and Flu

In traditional Chinese medicine the treatment strategy for external pathogens such as viruses is to push the invading pathogen out toward the exterior and away from the organs so that more serious diseases do not begin to develop. If the pathogenic force is not kept at the external level and begins to make its way deeper into the body, it often passes through what is called the Shao Yang phase. The invading factor can get caught in this level causing ongoing distinct alternating patterns of fever and chills. To help pivot the infection back to the exterior apply the Wood Element Acupressure Stick to acupressure point Gallbladder 34 and acupressure point Liver 3,  and the Metal Element Acupressure Stick to acupressure point Large Intestine 4 using the reduction method (counter-clockwise motion) 

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.

References

Ning, Y., Li, K., Fu, C., Ren, Y., Zhang, Y., Liu, H., … Zou, Y. (2017). Enhanced Functional Connectivity between the Bilateral Primary Motor Cortices after Acupuncture at Yanglingquan (GB34) in Right-Hemispheric Subcortical Stroke Patients: A Resting-State fMRI Study. Frontiers in human neuroscience11, 178. doi:10.3389/fnhum.2017.00178

Yeo, S., van den Noort, M., Bosch, P., & Lim, S. (2016). Ipsilateral Putamen and Insula Activation by Both Left and Right GB34 Acupuncture Stimulation: An fMRI Study on Healthy Participants. Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine : eCAM2016, 4173185. doi:10.1155/2016/4173185

Chen, K. H., Hsiao, K. Y., Lin, C. H., Chang, W. M., Hsu, H. C., & Hsieh, W. C. (2013). Remote effect of lower limb acupuncture on latent myofascial trigger point of upper trapezius muscle: a pilot study. Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine : eCAM2013, 287184. doi:10.1155/2013/287184

Yeo, S., Choe, I. H., van den Noort, M., Bosch, P., Jahng, G. H., Rosen, B., … Lim, S. (2014). Acupuncture on GB34 activates the precentral gyrus and prefrontal cortex in Parkinson's disease. BMC complementary and alternative medicine14, 336. doi:10.1186/1472-6882-14-336

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