0.5–0.8 cun transversely towards the occiput.
Benshen GB-13 is a major point indicated for mental and emotional disorders, especially for these have unreasonable jealousy or suspicion feeling.
It has a powerful calming effect on anxiety, worry or fear. The result can be strengthened if combined with Shenting DU-24.
Its name 'Root of the Mind' indicates its function of 'gathering the Essence to the Brain', which is the root of a clear Mind and healthy emotion. The Kidney Essence is the root of Pre-Heaven Qi and the source of Marrow that fills the Brain. This point can be stimulated to connect the Kidney Essence to the Mind. It is often used to treat depression.
On the other hand, it is able to subdues Liver Yang Rising, characterized by chronic headaches or dizziness. Liver Yang may also trigger Interior Wind and cause other symptoms such as Wind-stroke, epilepsy, hemiplegia and convulsions.
Finally it resolves Phlegm that blocks the Mind's orifices.