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Gall Bladder 20

Chinese Name: Fengchi  (English translation: Wind Pool)

Location: On the nape, below the occiput, at the level of DU 16, in the depression between the upper portion of m. sternocleidomastoideus and m. trapezius.

Classification: Crossing point of the Gall Bladder Meridian and the Yang Wei Vessel


  • Common cold, nasal congestion, headache, redness, swelling and pain of the eye, rhinorrhea, epistaxis
  • Rigidity and pain of the neck, limitation of the shoulder
  • Dizziness, vertigo, hemiplegia, epilepsy

Functions: Dispels exterior and interior Wind, clears the head, benefits the eyes, nose and ears, subdues Liver Yang, activates the meridian, relieves pain.

Notes: GB 20  is an important point to treat any Wind-Cold or Wind Heat pattern.

Needling: Oblique insertion .8 - 1.2 cun towards the tip of the nose with the tip of the needle slightly downwards, or subcutaneous insertion through DU 16.  Towards the middle in the deeper layer is the medulla oblongata - the angle and depth of the needle must be strictly controlled.


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