Acupressure point Gallbladder 40 is an important point for treating pain in the lower extremities and joint and pain due to 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 Damp-Heat draining down to the lower parts of the body.
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Other Name(s) of GB 40:
- Mound Ruins
- Hill Ruins
Traditional Chinese Medicine Classifications of GB 40:
- Yuan-Source Point of Gallbladder Channel
Location of GB 40:
At the ankle anterior and inferior to the external malleolus in the depression on the lateral side of the tendon of the muscle extensor digitorum longus
Traditional Chinese Medicine Actions of GB 40:
- Promotes the Smooth flow of Liver Qi
- Resolves Damp-Heat
- Benefits the Sinews-Joints
- Activates the Channel and Alleviates Pain
Traditional Chinese Medicine Indications and Acupressure Point Combinations Including GB 40
For of the ankle due to strain or strain apply the Wood Element Acupressure Stick to acupressure point Gallbladder 40 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 herbal Great Mender formula and topical pain remedies. Apply pressure to the opposite ankle if there is swelling or skin contusions of the affected ankle.
For pain and stiffness of the joints such as sciatica, knee, or ankle pain apply the Wood Element Acupressure Stick to acupressure point Gallbladder 40, acupressure point Gallbladder 34, and acupressure point Liver 3, and applythe 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.
For Damp-Heat in the lower extremities with Damp-Heat draining down as in the case with weeping edema apply the Wood Element Acupressure Stick to acupressure point Gallbladder 40 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 40 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.
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